Micro Channeling and Collagen
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Collagen is the latest buzz word of the beauty and health industry and for good reason. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies and it's found everywhere: skin, bones, ligaments and tendons, the digestive system, and even blood vessels. I am, of course, going to focus on what it does for the skin. In short, collagen gives your skin both strength and elasticity. It is what gives your skin a youthful and healthy appearance. As we age, our collagen production slows down resulting in wrinkles, saggy skin (loss of elasticity), and even cellulite and stretch marks.
What are some ways of increasing collagen in your skin? As far as treatments go, the fastest way to increase collagen production is through micro needling or micro channeling. These treatments create an injury in the skins surface. This injury increases the activity of fibroblasts to produce more collagen to repair and heal the injury. Because the "injuries" with micro needling and micro channeling are minimal and fairly uniform over the face (or whatever area of the body is treated) the collagen is laid in a haphazard pattern that does not produce scarring. When you cut yourself or have surgery, collagen is laid out in one area producing a scar. This can also happen with the roller type micro needling devices that are sold over the counter or through MLMs such as Rodan and Fields. If the skin is not rolled in a haphazard pattern or if the injuries are too aggressive or done too much, the skin may heal with "track marks" or a pattern on the face. This is one of the reasons why it's best to leave needling to a professional. The reason to leave needling to a professional, is the use of sterile needles. Re-using a roller system that cuts through the skin can transmit pathogens below the surface of the skin risking infections or dermatitis.
Micro needling and Micro channeling differ in the way that the needle is used over the skin. With micro needling the needles are swept across the skin. When they are moved across the skin the needles can snag and tear the skin creating a larger injury than is necessary. This causes more inflammation and longer downtime. With micro channeling, the needles are stamped onto the skin creating a clean injury with less inflammation. The injuries heal quicker and downtime (redness, inflammation) is decreased. At Sontuosa, we have switched to micro channeling as the small injuries that we create are generally healed in 90 minutes with minimal redness and inflammation. We also use a stem cell serum along with the micro channeling that further increases collagen production in the skin. With using stem cells, results are similar to the vampire facials or PRP (protein rich plasma) that you may have seen associated with Kim Kardashian, but without so much trauma to the skin.
What can you expect with a micro channeling treatment? The full micro channeling treatment is scheduled for 1 1/2 hours and includes a full facial, numbing of the treatment area, needling, and celluma light therapy to speed healing and recovery. The numbing will take care of the majority of the discomfort, however bony areas like the forehead may still be tender. Also, many clients feel like they may need to sneeze when needling is performed over the sinuses. Clients can expect to have redness and some pinpoint bleeding over the areas treated. This redness should subside quickly and may even dissipate during the celluma treatment following the needling. Because channels are open in the skin, clients can not put anything other than the stem cell serum on their skin for at least 90 minutes and preferably the rest of the day. The ProCell after care serums are included in the price of the treatment and can be used day and night following the treatment until they are gone. This improves the results and promotes further collagen production. We offer free micro channeling consults and would love to talk to you about the treatment!