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Microneedling: How SkinScience Clinic Takes it to the Next Level

While we recently briefed Calgary on the ins and outs of microneedling, we had to follow up to explain why exactly we here at SkinScience Clinic are so passionate about the treatment.

Here at SkinScience, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter approaches to skin: we throw our weight behind science-backed solutions, education, and personalization for each and every client that walks through our door… and with eight years of microneedling experience, we pride ourselves, in true SkinScience-style, in elevating the microneedling experience to being the most effective it can be.

A Refresher on Microneedling

Used to treat common skin complaints such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, acne scars, and visible signs of aging, microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that dates back to the 1990s. By utilizing thin sterilized needles to puncture the surface layer of your skin to cause minor trauma and, consequently, trigger the “derma”—the deeper layer of skin—to rebuild, microneedling triggers collagen and helps to plump skin while reducing scarring, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea.

Painless, safe for all skin types, and requiring zero downtime, it’s no wonder why microneedling has become one of SkinScience’s most popular treatments here in Calgary.

Why is SkinScience’s Microneedling the Best in Calgary?

We’re glad you asked! Throughout SkinScience’s eight years of microneedling experience (and over 50 years in overall combined skincare experience!), we’ve ensured that our clients here in Calgary receive the most thorough treatments possible.

When experiencing microneedling treatments here at SkinScience, you can expect:

  • A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 75 min for a single treated area, and 75 – 90 min for two treated areas
  • The option of upgrading to Fractora— microneedling combined with radiofrequency in order to more effectively reduce the look of stretch marks, deep acne scars, wrinkles on the face, neck and/or chest, and enlarged pores— for $800 – $999, with a discount for the second area if desired
  •  The use of numbing cream for improved comfort if the DermaPen or Fractora is chosen for administration
  •  The option to boost your microneedling treatment by adding: purified cocktail of regenerative growth factors to your treatment for an additional $100 or 15 – 20 min of LED Red Light Therapy to accelerate skin renewal for an additional $95
  • Aftercare that includes Avene thermal spa water and AnteAGE growth factors
  • Education on the 24 hours post-treatment, which includes recommendations on which activities to avoid and which products to opt for while your skin is healing

Immediate benefits include skin tightening, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, the plumping of skin, an instantaneous glow, and a decrease in visible scars and colouration. While rough texture and redness is common post-treatment, these side-effects should subside within the first 48 hours, and any minor discomfort will fade within seven days (or earlier, depending on the length of the needles used).

Customizing treatments to each client’s skin goals is so important, which is why we take the extra step and offer science-backed add-ons and post-treatment topicals: since microneedling can boost product absorption by up to 1000%, our topicals are carefully chosen in order to help you surpass your skin goals. Both our optional purified growth factors and our post-treatment AnteAGE MD growth factors are specifically engineered to help your skin retain its renewed firmness and elasticity longer.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Winter is the safest month to have microneedling treatments performed on your skin due to the lower risk of sunburn, so don’t wait until Spring to get your glow on! The ideal duration of microneedling sessions is one every 4 – 6 weeks.

Whether you’re already in love with microneedling or still needing to experience the benefits yourself, book your appointment with us today and let us get you the skin of your dreams.

SkinScience Clinic: Calgary’s Microneedling Experts

Hey Calgary, did you know that we here at SkinScience Clinic have 50+ years of combined experience of skin therapy? That’s right. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor (and who could blame you?), did you know that eight of those years has been dedicated to microneedling? Even though microneedling is seen as a hot “new” treatment in skin therapy this year– and, as such, as only just hit mainstream consumers– we here at SkinScience have been performing them safely and effectively as part of our advanced skin therapy service for eight years. 

What does that mean? Well, those eight years entail thousands of microneedling treatments safely performed, thousands of clients who have had their skin transformed through our microneedling expertise, and thousands of innovative healing growth factors post-treatment utilized to maximize clients’ outcomes. 

While we could talk until we’re blue in the face about what we do to ensure that your treatment is as effective as humanly possible—which believe me, we can— what we’re here to chat about today is what those years of experience have taught us about microneedling… and, in turn, what we can teach you.

To Start: What Exactly IS Microneedling?

Whether you’ve been a part of the SkinScience family for seven days or seven years, you’ll know this about us: our two founding principles include science and education, and we wield both to help us see our clients achieve their dream skin. That means that, before recommending any product, supplement, or treatment, we dedicate ourselves to educate you on what they are and how they work to benefit you.

Microneedling (also known as “collagen induction therapy”) is a professional cosmetic treatment that optimizes multiple thin, sterile needles that puncture the surface layer of your skin in order to cause minor trauma. This trauma triggers the “dermis”—the deeper layer of skin— to rebuild collagen and elastin, which, in turn, plumps the skin and targets a variety of skin concerns (including, but not limited to, laxity, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea).

Post-treatment, skin feels tightened, acne scars appear faded, discolouration has diminished, and the look of pores has shrunk. Alongside its many benefits, microneedling is also touted for its zero downtime, painlessness, and safety for all skin types.

“I Hear People Talking About Fractora Is That the Same as Microneedling?”

The short answer? Yes and no.

The long answer? Fractora is a radiofrequency microneedling device that combines the puncturing of microneedling with radiofrequency to enhance both methods. Opting to specifically utilize Fractora is perfect for candidates interested in microneedling that suffer from deep acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, lines around the mouth, and/or fine-to-medium wrinkles on the neck.

“So Now That I Have a Better Understanding of What Microneedling Is, What Should I Expect During My Treatment?”

Don’t worry, Calgary: while we can hear the anxiety in this question, we promise that it really is as low-impact as it sounds. At a reputable clinic such as SkinScience, your microneedling experience will follow the lines of:

·        A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 70 min for a single area and 75 – 90 min for two areas

·        If your skincare specialist is using a DermaPen or Fractora, a numbing cream will be applied for improved comfort during the treatment

·        Aftercare that includes treatment-enhancing topicals

·       Education for your first 24 hours after your treatment, which includes avoiding sweating, taking hot showers, and the reminder to keep your skin hydrated, as well as avoid harsh products (including exfoliators and alcohol-based toners)

·        The potential for rough skin texture and redness within the first 48 hours

·        Mild discomfort that ebbs within seven days

How Safe is Microneedling?

The most common areas to treat with microneedling are the face, neck, chest, and abdomen, and, as such, many people hear of the treatment’s benefits and clamour to try it themselves. Can you guess why we can’t recommend that you follow suit?

While microneedling is safe for all skin types, scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist is vital: only a professional will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling, as skin conditions such as rosacea and acne can experience flare-ups after microneedling treatments. Microneedling also differs from dermarolling, which is a tool that can be used at home by those who have the know-how—microneedling’s penetrative needles are longer than a dermaroller’s, meaning that microneedling’s superior length is what encourages the skin to rebuild collagen. However, dermarolling at home without proper education can also risk infection. 

Lastly, while microneedling isn’t painful, attempting to do it yourself (or have an untrained aesthetician perform microneedling on your skin) can injure your skin long-term: by not having a professional gauge how deeply they should be penetrating each area of your skin, you can find yourself not only gritting your teeth against discomfort, but also skin that is damaged without the reparative benefits of microneedling done properly.

When done right, however? You’ll be treated to an instantaneous glow, an improvement in overall skin texture, see a reduction in common skin complaints such as age spots, wrinkles, and discolouration, and even a boost in collagen of of up to 400%.

Looking to Book Your Next Microneedling Treatment?

Get in touch today to experience first-hand why we’re Calgary’s leaders on microneedling—and be sure to comment below which microneedling fact surprised you the most!