Micro-needling is a procedure that use tiny needles to create injury to the skin to trigger the skin's own healing response. With this comes the production of collagen, as it plays an important role in the healing process. By creating trauma the skin is essentially tricked into regeneration. The micro-needling tool we use at Zawada Health is the eDermastamp by Dermaroller, a pen, that is licensed by Health Canada, unlike many imitation devices.
The whole treatment takes 60 minutes. After cleansing the skin, a topical numbing cream is applied, before the treatment. Sterile hyaluronic acid is applied and the needles come into contact with the skin, slowly working in sections around the face.
Over the years, I have seen wonderful results on the pesky 11's on the forehead, between the eyes and those tricky nasolabial folds that bear the brunt of gravity as we age. But truly the most happy clients are the ones with acne scarring.
1. How many sessions are needed?
Depending on the severity I would recommend 1 - 4 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart. Some people are happy with the results after 1 session and then some return to do additional treatments. On average it takes 4-6 weeks for the surface skin cells to turn over so doing the procedure more frequently isn't advantageous.
2. What is the downtime?
12-24 hours. Everyone responds differently as skin thickness and health varies, so I have seen it all over the years! Some have mild redness that looks like a sunburn for 12 hours and some have more intense erythema for 48 hours. No sweating or getting dirty for 24 hours as we don't want to risk infection.
3. Do I need to do anything before the treatment?
Do stop fish oil, vitamin E, St. John's wort, active topicals like retinols and vitamin C for a week before and for a week after.
During a session we talk about how to improve skin from inside out. We discuss current skincare and what is necessary for the concerns at the moment. Skin evolves and is affected by so many environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors. As such your skincare routines should also evolve over time. Micro-needling has the ability to remodel the skin. It is also has years of good research that proves an increase in the amount of collagen as well as a re -orientation of collagen fibers that is similar to that in normal skin. A thickening of the epidermis is also observed while the stratum corneum (the epidermis' outermost layer) is normal after the treatment, therefore not compromising function of the skin barrier.
Both Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Carol and Dr. Courtney, offer this treatment.
$400.00 for a 60 minute session
$500.00 for a 90 minute session (includes an additional treatment area like decollate, c-section scar, cellulite, etc).
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This is the time to either slough away the summer skin or work on building up your skin barrier in time for the colder months.
No one piece of skincare advice fits everyone as everyone has different concerns and different goals. Changing routines doesn't mean it is time to throw out all your summer products and buy a whole new skincare regime.