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The Transformative Power of Skin Needling
Written by Amanda Beisel   

Skincare benefits without the side effects.

woman's face

The most effective and safest skin rejuvenation treatment on the market is making its mark in North America. Medical skin needling has a long list of benefits without the negative side effects that often come with ablative lasers and other aggressive heat-based treatments. Medical skin needling and home (cosmetic) needling have been popular in the UK and Australia for more than 10 years. When comparing medical skin needling to other available treatments, it is most similar to Fraxel , but is less invasive and has less downtime, making it a safe and effective alternative.

Rapid developments in laser and skin treatment technology do not always have positive results. It is important to remember that this industry is often money driven. Proper research and studies on how new developments affect the long-term health of the skin can be neglected. Some treatments can sacrifice the health of your skin in hopes of improving its appearance. An effective treatment is one that takes into consideration both the results achieved today and the long-term effects on skin health. Great looking skin can only be a result of healthy skin.

woman's face with eyes closed

What makes medical skin needling such a safe and effective treatment is that it does not use any heat, nor does it remove the top layer of skin (the epidermis). Medical skin needling is a mechanical treatment that promotes proper skin healing, preserves the barrier of the skin, and improves skin health. It has an extremely low risk profile when performed by a trained professional. Medical skin needling does not compromise the skin in any way. Most important, medical skin needling results in the release of three key growth factors that promote natural, scarless collagen as opposed to scar collagen.

Needling the Skin

Medical skin needling involves the use of a roller with 192 surgical grade stainless steel needles that range in length from 1mm to 2mm. The device is rolled over the skin, creating micro-channels in both layers of the skin. Numbing cream is used for your comfort. After the treatment, your skin will appear sunburned, which will subside over the next four to 24 hours depending on the depth of needles used. The redness can be covered with mineral make-up as soon as the next day. The downtime is very minimal. Two weeks post treatment, you then use the SKN Spin home roller on a weekly basis to continue building healthy, vibrant skin. The SKN Spin home roller uses 0.5mm length needles that are safe for home use.

A Safe, Effective Alternative to Lasers

Rolling over the skin with a medical skin roller causes the release of key growth factors that promote scarless wound healing and triggers collagen synthesis leading to normally woven collagen. Medical skin needling does not cause a negative loss of dermal papillae, destroy the melanocyte, or form abnormal collagen – like ablative lasers do. The surface of the skin remains intact so the risks are very minimal; skin heals quickly and there is minimal downtime. Re-surfacing lasers destroy the surface layer, leading to substantial downtime and higher risks. The needling does not damage the skin but rather leads to thicker, healthier skin. It is a cost-effective option compared to laser treatments. Full face treatment is only $299, where laser treatments are upwards of $1,000.

The number of medical skin needling sessions required depends on your skin concerns and goals. This will be determined during your complimentary skin health consultation. The treatments are performed six weeks apart. Medical skin needling can be performed on the face, neck, chest and other body parts.

Benefits of Medical Skin Needling:

  • Stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and lip lines
  • Reduces the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
  • Treats acne scars and chicken pock scars
  • Reduces the appearance of scarring and stretch marks
  • Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Helps with rosacea by strengthening the skin
  • Assists in the absorption of cosmetic products
  • Helps increase the absorption of hair growth products
  • Helps increase the absorption of cellulite and stretch mark creams
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Restores UV damaged skin
  • Results in a healthy, vibrant glow

Skin Needling is a great option for nearly everyone and is safe for darker skin tones. It is an effective yet natural anti-aging treatment. It is also a great treatment to use in conjunction with injectables such as Botox because it will increase the time between injections and will improve the look of the entire face. It works at the root of what is causing the skin to age, making it a long-term, health-promoting skin treatment. This is not a quick fix; it is a long-term solution providing you with healthy, youthful skin.

Skin Needling at Home

skin roller

Skin needling can be performed at home with a less aggressive tool to maintain the results of medical skin needling. The SKN Spin is the highest quality skin roller on the market. Using the SKN Spin once a week provides great results when combined with great skincare products. (Visit www.SKNSpin.com to find out more about this roller and where you can purchase it.) Adopting home skin needling into your weekly skincare routine will greatly increase the effectiveness of your products, effectively exfoliate and boost the appearance of your skin. The SKN Spin Roller System will be featured at the Emmy Awards VIP Gift Lounge this September and will be in all the stars’ gift bags.

Amanda Beisel -

Amanda Beisel is the owner of the award-winning SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Yaletown. She is a registered acupuncturist specializing in Cosmetic acupuncture and medical skin needling. Amanda is also the founder of Skin Addix, a natural cosmeceutical line focused on skin restoration. To learn more about SKN Clinic and Skin Addix visit SKNClinic.ca and SkinAddix.com

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