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13470 Parker Commons Boulevard #101
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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23451 Walden Center Drive #400
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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Naples, FL 34110
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The concept of breaking down skin or muscle tissue to initiate new cell growth and healing mechanisms isn’t anything new. Weightlifters take their muscles to the brink of overload, knowing that the damage caused will repair and build new muscle mass. The same has been true with microneedling, which has been around for 20 years. Damage the skin with hundreds of microscopic wounds and it will repair and improve the skin.
Microchanneling is the latest procedure to use this concept, but it improves upon it. Microchanneling from ProCell combines microneedling with ProCell MD Stem Cell Serums, creating a powerful skin renewal procedure. We offer ProCell Microchanneling at Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa.
What is ProCell Microchanneling?
ProCell Microchanneling at Azul takes microneedling and builds upon it. We begin with the latest microneedling device that creates up to 1,000 perforations per square inch. These thousands of microscopic channels are made to a depth of just up to 1.5mm, so they only penetrate the epidermis. They provide the perfect vehicle for penetration of the human growth factor serums that we apply following your microneedling. The combination of the body’s wound-healing response to the microscopic wounds (which is to produce new collagen and elastin to heal the perceived wounds) and the delivery of growth factor serums, improves skin tone, texture, laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles.
What Skin Issues Can Microchanneling Improve?
This skin renewal procedure can improve these skin issues:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Inelastic areas of skin
- Large pores
- Acne and acne scarring
- Keloid scarring
- Stretch marks
Who Is a Good Candidate for ProCell Microchanneling?
Almost everyone could use the skin improvement offered with this procedure.
The only restrictions would be people with any condition that impairs their immune system function. Pregnant women, diabetics (due to healing problems), patients on Accutane, or those with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema (the treatment can aggravate the condition) can’t have ProCell Microchanneling.
Microchanneling vs Microneedling
Microneedling has been used since the 1990s, but the available microneedling devices, from rollers to nine-needle pens, have created uneven perforations and have penetrated too deeply. This has resulted in more healing time, inflammation, and variable results.
Some providers have combined microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). But PRP has inflammatory properties, leading to swelling, discomfort, and longer downtime after microneedling with PRP.
The ProCell Microneedling heads offer three sizes with 12, 25, or 49 microneedles in each. This allows us to customize the speed and ease of the microneedling to the area you are having treated. Plus, the higher number of needles creates an even distribution of perforations in less time. The creation of up to 1,000 perforations per square inch is far higher with this system than comparable microneedling pens.
Microchanneling Before & After
ProCell Microchanneling Procedure
We first apply a light topical numbing cream to the areas to be treated. Next we cover the area with the ProCell Microchanneling device in a tapping sequence. Because the device has more needles than microneedling pens, we can cover your treatment area with better uniformity, yet at a faster pace. Perforations are made by tapping the ProCell device, rather than dragging a pen across the skin. This makes our microchannels with a perfect vertical edge. This is a stark contrast to the “cat scratch” effect that microneedling pens create when dragged quickly across the treatment area.
The second phase of ProCell Microchanneling is the application of various ProCell Serums to the perforated skin. These serums are derived from human stem cells taken from healthy adult bone marrow donors. They contain a high concentration of natural human growth factors. These growth factors support cellular renewal and have potent regeneration properties to improve skin firmness, elasticity, and tone. Fine lines and wrinkles diminish, and the patient’s skin looks and feel brighter, more luminous, and healthy.
After the microperforations have been created, the second step is to apply the ProCell Serums to your skin. These are applied with a roll-on applicator.
The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes in most cases.
ProCell Microchanneling Results
Results take time, as the body initiates the healing response to the microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Patients can begin to see results in as little as two weeks. These results will continue to build. We provide patients with ProCell Microchanneling Aftercare Serums. These stimulate keratinocytes in the skin to release growth factors that induce the production of new collagen. These serums enhance your results at home.
How your skin reacts after your treatment can vary. Some patients have little or no reaction. Others appear as if they have a light sunburn. There may be some pinpoint bleeding, but this is rare and depends on the patient’s skin thickness. The growth factor serums applied after your microneedling act to reduce inflammation. There really isn’t any downtime, and you can get back to normal activities after your treatment.
How Many Microchanneling Treatments Should I Have?
Microchanneling at Azul has a cumulative effect. The skin-healing response, coupled with the human growth factor serums, create two-pronged skin renewal. The number of recommended treatments can depend on what we are treating. For light anti-aging treatments, 1-2 treatments could be sufficient. For deeper wrinkles and scarring, 3-6 treatments could be necessary to achieve the results you want.
Patients can use our ProCell Microchanneling as an ongoing skin care program, as well. The treatments simply need to be spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on Microchanneling and to see if you are a good candidate, contact us! Call (239) 415-7576 to schedule a consultation. Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa serves Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples, Florida.
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