What is Micro-Channeling?

By Urban Retreat | June, 21, 2013 | Comments comments

The new DermaFrac micro-channeling machine at Urban Retreat skin care center in Houston, TX

We are excited to introduce you to Urban Retreat’s newest skincare service! If you follow us on Facebook, you may have already seen our sleek DermaFrac machine for micro-channeling. There are few skin care centers in Texas that offer this service. But what is micro-channeling?

A gentler alternative to more intense laser treatments, micro-channeling can be used on even the most sensitive skin. Lasers stimulate the wound-healing process in the skin and spur collagen and elastin production. DermaFrac stimulates this same process within the skin in a milder way, without lasers.

Micro-channeling uses tiny needles, designed to minimize discomfort, to create a network of micro-channels in the skin to deliver active ingredients into the upper dermis layer of skin. This allows active ingredients to penetrate deep into skin where they are most needed. There is no bruising and minimal redness after the procedure.

This process spurs collagen and elastin production in skin and requires no downtime. While lasers offer more striking results, micro-channeling is less expensive than laser treatments and may be used on darker skin or sensitive skin that is not suited to laser treatments.

There are four different serums available for DermaFrac micro-channeling treatments:

1. Hydration and plumping with antioxidants – This serum uses Hyaluronic acid to form a fully hydrated layer that helps guarantee that water is delivered into deeper layers of skin. It also delivers intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also uses Vitamin A to accelerate cell turnover and stimulate the formation of new skin, and Vitamin E for UV resistance. Antioxidants include green tea, white tea and grape seed to calm the skin.

2. Acne – The Acne Solution features two key active ingredients. Salicylic acid opens clogged pores and neutralizes bacteria within the pores. It reduces pore blockages and breakouts on skin. Lactic acid, part of the alpha hydroxy acid family, exfoliates the outer layer of skin and increases collagen production to minimizes fine lines and wrinkles and reduce blackheads and whiteheads.

3. Anti-aging skin rejuvenation – This serum has five active ingredients that stimulate fibroblast and collagen production in the skin. They also help relax muscles to prevent wrinkling from repeated muscle movement.

4. Hyper-pigmentation and brightening – This serum uses Kojic acid to lighten skin by suppressing melanocyte activity and pigmentation. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

In addition to professional treatments at Urban Retreat, serums are available for purchase in series of one, three or six doses for at-home treatments. The price is reduced when you purchase them in multiples.