Collagen is the primary building block for your skin. In your youth, an ample supply of collagen keeps your skin looking full, firm, and healthy. Unfortunately, our body’s natural production of collagen dramatically slows around a person’s mid to late twenties and starts to decline as soon as age 30. That is when the lines, wrinkles, and other aging concerns begin to set in, but with microchanneling, Revalla offers help for this common collagen concern.
Microchanneling is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that works to reignite your body’s natural production of collagen. Dr. Lisa Hunsicker recommends this treatment for men and women of all skin types, looking to treat common skin concerns such as:
During your microchanneling treatment, a hand held device with a microchannel tip will be gently moved across the treatment area. The microchannel tips work to create small micro-wounds (or channels) in the skin’s surface. This process stimulates your body’s healing response, kickstarting its natural production of collagen and elastin.
Microchanneling is a non-surgical treatment requiring very little to no downtime. Our highly trained Revalla team will work with you to create a personalized microchanneling treatment plan based on your specific needs and concerns.
Microchanneling is safe for all skin types, although not usually recommended for patients with active acne breakouts or rosacea. It’s a great treatment to address fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and stretch marks, with minimal downtime.
Microchanneling stimulates keratinocytes in the skin to release growth factors that induce collagenesis, or the building of collagen. The microchannel tips create small micro-wounds, or channels, into the epidermis. This stimulates the skin to regenerate stronger and healthier than before, with more collagen and elastin production. Plus, the channels created during treatment allow for increased serum absorption, allowing for hyaluronic acid and even some gentle retinols to be absorbed up to 300% more effectively.
Because the treatment is designed to create tiny punctures to the surface of the skin, it can be slightly uncomfortable. To get the most effective treatment while minimizing discomfort, Revalla recommends patients arrive 30 minutes prior to their appointment to have topical numbing cream applied to the treatment area.
We recommend spacing appointments 3 to 4 weeks apart.
Number of treatments range greatly depending on what we are treating. For light anti-aging, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. For deeper wrinkles and acne scarring, 5 or more treatments may be required to achieve desired results. There is no limit to the number of treatments that one can receive as long as adequate time passes in between each treatment.
With lighter treatments, it typically only takes 2-12 hours for all redness to disappear. For deeper treatments, this could stretch out to a few days for all pinpoint scabbing to disappear. After a minimum of 90 minutes post-treatment, patients can apply moisturizers, sunblock, makeup, or other facial products.
Patients usually look flushed for the first 24 hours, almost like they have a mild sunburn or windburn. This is easily concealed the day after the procedure with makeup or tinted sunscreen.
You can sometimes see results from a single treatment very quickly. Skin plumping from the hyaluronic acid applied after treatment is noticeable almost immediately and for the few days following the treatment. You can begin seeing neo-collagenesis (new skin formation) as soon as two weeks after a procedure.
Avoid Microchanneling with anyone that has a condition that seriously impairs their immune system, such as cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy. Avoid areas with open lesions or pustules. It is best to stop the use of retinols at least a day before treatment. Lastly do not perform Microchanneling treatments on pregnant women.