Every cosmetic treatment is unique and every individual has an own perception of beauty. A consultation with a certified doctor at Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic will help clarify which treatment is best for you. As with any cosmetic treatment, your medical history including information about any medications and allergies will be reviewed. Then, the area that requires the treatment will be examined carefully to develop the best treatment approach for you.
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What is Medical Needling?
The non-invasive treatment used to dramatically treat scarring, wrinkles (i.e. lip lines), sun damaged and loose skin (even eye area). A medical handpiece with a separate head of micro needles that when rolled over targeted areas of the face, neck, hands, back etc. stimulate immune response and the collagenesis process. Highly concentrated vitamins are immediately and generously applied to the treated areas which allow for ease of absorption. A favourite with patients who are looking for serious results.
Treatment time: 60 minutes
Downtime: 1 day
For more information about Medical Needling schedule your consultation with our Medical Esthetician.
Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Needling is a procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles creating a micro-wound. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the dermis. This neovascularisation and neocollagenesis following treatment lead to the reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation.
Medical Needling is used to treat the following:
- Reducing acne and surgical scars (including keloids)
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing pore size
- Dyspigmentation i.e. melasma
- Tightening of skin
- Reducing signs of aging
Virtually anyone can safely undergo medical needling with minimal risk of long-term adverse reactions. Contraindications include pregnancy, actively infected or actively inflamed skin, skin irritation, cystic acne, allergies to topical lidocaine, sunburnt skin.
Generally, the treated areas recover rapidly from needling. However, there are occasional side effects, which include:
- Oozing and swelling during the recovery phase
- Skin infection with bacteria (rare) or cold sores
- Milia, which can easily be removed
- Acne flare, which is usually mild
A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to treatment to reduce discomfort and the procedure is pain-free. The depth and speed of the procedure is individual per patient issues.
The initial consultation is approximately 20 minutes and treatment takes approximately 60 minutes.
Medical needling is well tolerated by patients but dryness, scaling, redness, and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of the needling. Sun protection is recommended for several weeks after treatment.
The number of treatments required depends on the individual skin condition. 3-4 treatments may be required for most conditions, and it is recommended to have a refresher treatment every year.