How microchanneling reduces acne scarring, stretch marks and more
No one has perpetually good skin days. From adolescence onwards, most of us will experience pimples or blackheads due to overactive oil glands in the skin. Sometimes, these may continue into adulthood, depending on diet and skin type.
For the most part, acne disappears over time, clearing up to leave smooth, undisturbed skin. Excessive or recurrent acne, however, may leave pockmarks — crater-like indentations in the skin caused by escaped fluid. These are often too large to heal completely, resulting in small facial depressions.
But why should some acne scars clear and others not? Our bodies are naturally very efficient at rebuilding themselves. Repair cells move to the injury site and produce structural proteins called collagen, which glue back injured tissues, closing the skin off. Over time, this temporary collagen fix is reinforced by gradual growth, becoming normal, uninjured tissue.
The repair job brings the skin back to normal, but unfortunately, it doesn’t stop to consider aesthetics. The repair cells will take the easiest path to healing over the trauma, scar or pockmark. So, if the indent is large, a hole or ‘crater’ will be left over.
Stretch marks are generally caused by periods of quick growth, where the skin is forced to expand or stretch to cover a larger area. For that reason, stretch marks often appear after puberty, pregnancy or weight gain, particularly around the stomach or thigh area.
Stretch marks are caused by breakages in the elastin and collagen chains, which result in discolouration, sunken lines and irritation. Unfortunately, tanning doesn’t cover these lines, which the tanning process accentuates.
Older injuries are unlikely to heal of their own accord. Once the repair cells have been activated and the new protein cells formed, the skin doesn’t want to continue to repair itself. To stimulate new protein strands, the body needs two things.
The first is an incentive to repair. When an injury occurs, your cells follow a preprogrammed call to create new copies of themselves, building new protein and collagen strands. This repair program, depending on the extent of the damage, will never be 100% as effective as the original cell formation. With age, the rapidity and strength of the repair also decrease.
The second necessity is materials. For the body to create new protein strands, including elastin and collagen, it needs stem cells to promote growth and build the necessary cells.
So how does the body deliver this incentive months or even years after an acne scar or stretch mark forms?
Delivering micro-injuries to promote better recovery.
One way to promote better recovery is through creating ‘micro-injuries’ — small, imperceptible injuries on the outermost layer of skin. These micro-injuries kick-start the body’s repair system, creating new proteins that heal over the damaged tissue.
By breaking down an injury into smaller injuries, the body is better able to heal over a scar or stretch mark area. New, healthy skin can then form, filling in the affected area.
But how do you deliver these micro-injuries?
Procell Microchanneling Therapy and Recovering Skin.
Procell Microchanneling Therapy is like dermaplaning but much more precise in its delivery. With smaller needles that are more accurate in their positioning, Procell Microchanneling triggers these micro-injuries whilst introducing a growth serum derived from natural stem cells, giving your cells the building materials necessary to create new protein strains.
You might think of it as laying a new road over a bumpy surface. By targeting the problem areas and adding new material, the road becomes smoother and more sturdy. Likewise, microchanneling promotes collagen and elastin production, strengthening the health of your skin while covering old injuries.
But what about inflammation from injury? Does Procell Microchanneling Therapy cause any swelling or discomfort?
Normally, when you receive an injury, the body goes into panic mode. Inflammation is the result of the body protecting itself, releasing chemicals to the damaged cells, calling for white blood cell reinforcements.
Large injuries often result in very painful, swollen and inflamed areas of skin as the body tries to repair itself. The benefit of Procell Microchanneling Therapy is that it creates very controlled micro-injuries, which don’t result in high levels of inflammation. At most, you might notice a slight flush or tingling sensation for a few hours after your treatment. But underneath the skin, millions of cells are repairing themselves, paving the way for smoother, clearer skin.
Booking a Procell Microchanneling Therapy session.
The benefit of Procell Microchanneling Therapy is that it’s suitable for all skin types and requires no recovery time. It’s also completely painless — a slight tingling sensation is the most you should feel. A single treatment creates hundreds of thousands of microchannels, which stimulate collagen production and new protein cells. Three to four treatments leave the skin looking noticeably clearer, smoother and even younger in appearance.
To learn more about the Procell Microchanneling process or book an appointment, visit our page at The Beauty Parlour.
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