Dry Needling is a treatment carried out by penetrating the dermis and dermis (layers of the skin) with a dry needle (a needle that doesn’t leave any substance behind within the point of insertion). Insertion of the needle(s) causes minor injury to the skin. This in turn increases blood flow to the area which promotes healing and activates fibroblast. Fibroblast is a type of cells that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen. Collagen is very important in the wound healing process. Therefore, Dry Needling stimulates a person’s own collagen to remodel (flatten down or fill up) the scar or wrinkle.
The technique was discovered to be effective in 1940’s, but the methods of performing it today are more sophisticated. Dry Needling is also called Matitrepannic Collagen Actuation (MCA). This procedure is more popular in Europe and other countries than in the United States. However plastic surgeons in the U.S. are beginning to use it more.
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