Rivaling laser resurfacing treatments in both efficacy and patient satisfaction, microneedling has experienced a recent surge in aesthetic medicine. Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, dermarolling, the “vampire facial,” and microchanneling, the minimally invasive 30-minute procedure is performed by a skin care professional, often in the setting of a dermatologist’s office. Diane Walder MD Dermatology in the Miami area is one of the top cosmetic dermatologists in the country, and provides her patients with treatment sessions utilizing the revolutionary ProCell microchanneling tool and specialized skin care products.
What is Microchanneling?
Microchanneling is a skin rejuvenating procedure that corrects deeper imperfections of the tissue to offer improvement of a variety of cosmetic concerns. The procedure is performed with a device that contains securely fixed needles in a specific position and of a measured length. The machine helps the needles penetrate the skin in a vertical fashion, offering quick pricks or micro injuries. It is through these small internal defects (micro channels) that the practitioner can achieve optimal healing, which leads to the desired aesthetic changes. The treatment is clinically proven to increase collagen and elastin production through a release of peptides, cytokines, and growth factors into the newly created micro channels. It stimulates growth at the dermal epidermal junction, creating changes from the base level of cell growth in deeper layers of skin. ProCell microchanneling provides patients with an enhanced, highly technical version of the popular dermatology treatment.
The Difference of ProCell Therapies
The ProCell microchanneling device provides the skin with metrics that are clinically proven to offer the most effective, targeted treatment sessions available. The needle perforations are performed at a fixed depth and properly spaced apart, preventing a resistance to the penetrations. While other devices scratch the skin, ProCell is performed using the intended stamping technique described by its inventors. Because of this uniformity, the healing period for a ProCell microchanneling procedure has been reduced by two-thirds when compared with other microneedling techniques.
The handheld tool was designed by a licensed aesthetician and honed by a board-certified dermatologist, whereas other devices are re-tooled tattoo machines that were used for permanent makeup. The latter contains needles at closer proximities which reach a depth misrepresented on the dial, rendering a treatment less effective. With ProCell microchanneling, the gun-like design features a Swiss motor with simpler working components and more reliability of the machine. It should come as no surprise that the same U.S. facility that manufactures the product also produces aircrafts’ avionics controls.
ProCell Microchanneling Skin Care
The most effective microchanneling procedures are coupled with the appropriate skin care products as selected by Dr. Walder. The ProCell equipment works in conjunction with Livra-brand Microneedling Solution, Serum, and Accelerator, all designed with stem cell technology. Each of the three Livra microchanneling products contains powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid and a specially formulated stem cell profile with peptides as well as growth factors. This technology actually increases cell-to-cell communication to offer optimal skin rejuvenation during the important phase following treatment, while boosting the body’s immune response to healing. Together with the ProCell microchanneling procedure, these products augment the wound-healing cascade for its duration, which lasts about one month. Human stem cells contain growth factors that work at the procedure site, responding to the area of controlled damage. The growth factors stimulate healthy cell proliferation within the skin to rebuild damaged areas. The entire premise behind microchanneling is a targeted approach to create minor skin damage, where the healing process can be manipulated. Stem cell skin care is the most beneficial addition to the procedure.
Benefits of ProCell Microchanneling and Stem Cell Therapy
Somewhat unique to cosmetic medicine, the combination of ProCell microchanneling and stem cell therapy offers improvement of the treatment site within 24 hours following a session. Most of the healing will occur internally, and any side effects like swelling, spot bleeding, or light scabbing will not be prolonged. The skin should appear refreshed after a day or so and will continue to improve in both its tone and texture. Because changes occur at the cellular level of growth, patients will see continued improvement with each microchanneling session they undergo. In addition to improvements to facial skin like the diminishment of acne scars and lessening of lines and wrinkles, ProCell microchanneling also treats rosacea, the appearance of cellulite, and stretch marks.
Candidates for ProCell Microchanneling
Most patients can benefit from this nonsurgical procedure as it is non-abrasive, able to treat a number of conditions, and is performed as an outpatient procedure with very low risks. Needle penetrations and accompanying skin care products activate the natural healing properties of the skin, sending them into overdrive to create the type of healing results necessary for cosmetic improvement. Through induction of the increased speed of the collagen production, patients will notice visibly softer, more flexible collagen that is produced in one’s younger years. Generally, patients are adults with preexisting skin conditions who seek an improved appeh3arance. They do not have any skin or health conditions that prevent them from taking part in the treatment process, and understand the extent to which their aesthetic can be improved. The procedure should not be performed on pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system.
Frequently Asked Questions about ProCell Microchanneling
How often do patients receive ProCell microchanneling treatments?
Most sessions are scheduled every 3-4 weeks as needed for area skin treatments.
How many microchanneling treatments are necessary to obtain desired results?
Because microchanneling offers a diversity of plans dependent upon a patient’s own needs, this will vary. For early signs of aging, 1-2 treatments may successfully rid the skin of unwanted fine lines, while deep wrinkles and acne scars will benefit from 4-6 sessions. The micro-injuries caused by microneedling are stimulating versus inflaming, and patients can undergo as many treatments as they request, so long as they have allowed adequate time to pass between sessions.
What kind of conditions does ProCell microchanneling target?
The treatment offers anti-aging benefits for lines and wrinkles as well as the effects of other conditions like acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. Aside from facial skin, the needle stimulation can effectively treat the appearance of cellulite, and stretch marks.
How long does it take for patients to recover from a ProCell microchanneling session?
Some patients only require 90 minutes of downtime until they return to their normal activities. Patients should wait at least 90 minutes to apply anything topical to the skin, including moisturizer, sunscreen, and cosmetics. The Livra Microchanneling Solution can be applied as directed right after the procedure. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days for redness and minor scabbing to vanish.
What do patients look like after a ProCell microchanneling appointment?
The oft described “vampire facial” was named for the redness, deep red flushing, and pinpoint bleeding that normally occurs after the procedure is performed, which is completely normal. Microchanneling is non-ablative, meaning it does not affect the layers of skin in a horizontal fashion by their removal. Additionally, more serious skin reactions following treatment do not equate to better results.
When are results visible following ProCell microchanneling?
Patients may see an improvement in appearance of the skin within 24 hours. After 2-3 treatments, the skin will appear thicker and healthier with obvious overall improvements. Patients with skin laxity and deep wrinkles may require 6 or more treatments for patients to notice treatment benefits.
What are the contraindications of ProCell microchanneling?
While many people are great candidates for ProCell microchanneling, there are certain circumstances where other treatment options should be explored. This includes immunocompromised patients, like those undergoing chemotherapy. Pregnant women are also not suitable candidates for collagen induction therapy. Other variables include the avoidance of open or infected skin (like lesions and pustules), and same-day retinoid therapy.
Can ProCell microchanneling be performed alongside other cosmetic treatments?
Prior to undergoing needling, a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion can be performed, as long as it is followed with a proper disinfection of the skin. The skin should not be treated with any topical solutions for cosmetic purposes other than those approved by Dr. Walder, which typically include the stem cell-based skin care line. It is, however, deemed safe for patients to be treated with LED light therapy post-microchanneling.
Are patients required to apply ProCell microchanneling aftercare products?
The process of microchanneling stimulates a natural response from the body, which then releases peptides, cytokines, and growth factors that in turn induce collagenesis. As people age, the stem cells that produce these proteins lose efficacy and decline in numbers, so microchanneling alone becomes less and less effective. With conditions like premature aging, the Livra MicroChannel Delivery Solution, post-care Cellular Renewal Serum, and Healing Accelerator become more necessary to produce long term noticeable improvement. The Livra products provide the skin with continuous potent, robust, pristine peptides, cytokines and growth factors, including between treatment sessions.
Is ProCell microchanneling painful?
The procedure can cause minor discomfort that is kept at bay by optional topical anesthetics. The sensation can feel different from one patient to the next based on tolerance, but most would agree that it is more comfortable to endure than an ablative or laser procedure.
Meet Florida Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Diane Walder
The board-certified dermatologist has opened her practice in an area where many patients require her care: The Sunshine State. Serving the Miami area, Dr. Walder also shares her practice with Dr. Stacy Chimento and Dr. Lucy Chen. Cited as an expert in well-known beauty publications and television programs, Dr. Walder has educated the public on important skin care matters that focus on both the health and beauty of the body’s largest organ – the skin. The specialty doctor is now accepting new patients.
- The Florida Society of Dermatology
- The Miami Dermatologic Society
- The American Society of Dermatological Surgery
- The American Medical Association
Contact Dr. Walder at her Florida practice locations a phone number 305.866.2177, schedule a consultation, or visit one of the office locations below.
Bay Harbor Islands, FL
1111 Kane Concourse Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
Delray Beach, FL
15300 Jog Road, Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446