For the Love of Micro-Needling

If you are into advanced skincare treatments and products, and don’t already know all of the benefits of micro-
needling, you must be living under a rock!   Micro-needling is one of the fastest growing technologies in the medical aesthetic industry.  It’s also one of the most effective treatments a clinical aesthetician has in their toolbox.

Here’s the breakdown

Micro-needling causes micro-injuries to the epidermis, which signals the body to produce collagen.  It actually
remodels collagen beneath the skin surface, treating skin damage such as acne scarring, hyperpigmentation (dark
spots), fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, stretch marks, hair thinning and more!  We call it “intentional,
controlled wounding of the skin”.  It effectively rejuvenates the skin, helping your skin look younger, brighter, tighter and smoother.  Your clients will love it, and you!

How in the… What!?!

The surgical steel needles in a mechanical micro-pen penetrate the skin vertically (very important), whereas
dermal rollers enter the skin at an angle (very bad), but more on that in a bit.  The safest and most effective micro-
pens have a built in motorized system that delivers precise and accurate depth of penetration, and an adjustable
speed of up to one hundred times per second.  The microchannels created in your skin are like tiny little straws
that can funnel powerhouse serums deep into the epidermis.  That’s where the magic happens!!

Oh Those Enchanted Serums

Hyaluronic Acid – Think plump, dewy, glowing skin
PRP – Think smoothing, tightening accelerated results
Stem Cells – Think growth factors, regeneration, reinvigoration.

And many more amazing serums to choose from…

Derma Roller = Just don’t  

A dermal roller is one of the worst things you can use on yourself, and your clients.  A dermal rollers design
pushes it’s needles into your skin at an angle that will always “tear” the skin.  Just think about how a needle would
go into your skin if it were attached to a rolling pin. YIKES!  This type of epidermal disturbance causes microscopic scar tissue that can contribute to uneven texture, lumpy appearance, increased side effects and longer recovery time.  Long term use can increase the likelihood of thinning, sagging, discolored skin.  Dermal rollers are especially dangerous to those who have a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloids.  This type of damage to the skin is completely unnecessary and 100% preventable.  Avoid them at all cost!

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a fantastic, relatively low cost, highly effective treatment to offer your clients in a
medical/clinical setting, you can’t go wrong with Micro-Needling.  For most people, it’s very safe, fights signs of
aging skin, helps minimize acne scarring, and gives us back that beautiful glow of healthy youthful skin.  And isn’t
that what we are all really after?  Of course it is!

By Helene Geigleman | Program Director for The Integrative Medical Aesthetics Program of NJ –  Feb 8th, 2020

I have been in the Beauty, Health and Wellness industry since becoming a licensed Cosmetologist in 1984. I spent 20 years performing services in the aesthetic field and then in 2001, decided to pursue an education in Massage and Energy Work. In 2008, I went to work for Dr. Donna Wilcox at her medical spa and was introduced to the wonderful things medical aesthetics can do for skin. The products, services and guidance that became available to me there helped me to resolve long standing issues with my skin that I had been struggling with and felt hopeless to ever conquer. This experience lit a fire in me to not only scream from the rooftops how amazing this industry is, but to also somehow teach other industry professionals how to be able to affect this kind of change in their client’s skin and confidence. As it turns out, I was in the right place and with the right person to make that happen! Dr. Wilcox also has a passion for medical aesthetics and a desire to educate as many professionals as she can. We collaborated and designed the Integrative Medical Aesthetics Program of NJ and have been teaching licensed cosmetologists and aestheticians, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants since 2011, how to do the best they can to make corrective medical skincare available to their patients and clients.

Helene Geigleman, Program Director for The Integrative Medical Aesthetics Program of NJ