How skin rejuvenates with micro-needling, red light therapy and infrared therapy

There are many studies showing the benefits of using red light therapy to restore the body as well as the skin.

There are many different treatment options to help skin rejuvenate and look more refreshed. Many treatments can be stacked depending on the needs of your aging skin. Many treatments are minimally invasive and can support your body’s ability to make collagen, improving the luminosity and quality of the skin, leading to firmer skin.

Micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of an oscillating needle pen. The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to pierce the skin to a certain therapeutic depth to induce the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis. Due to the high RPMs of the dermal pen, the skin is separated and undamaged, allowing the absorption of hyaluronic acid and other quality serums to enhance the rejuvenation process. Micro-needling improves skin tone by reducing age spots, skin discoloration, pore size and stretch marks, and improving luminosity and texture while firming the skin. A series of monthly or fortnightly treatments may be recommended, depending on the area to be treated.

Nanoneedling is a branch of microneedling that uses microscopic hair-like cones that flip cells in the epidermal layer. It can be used in more sensitive and delicate areas such as under and around the eyes or the upper lip. These treatments can be done weekly, as they don’t penetrate as deeply as microneedling.

It is generally recommended to do one treatment per month for a set of four to six treatments to see the best results for the face and neck areas. Body or scalp treatments may be bi-monthly depending on response to treatments.

Micro-needling and Nanoneedling can treat and improve:

  • Skin texture and tone and pore size reduction
  • Stimulates the formation of collagen, resulting in more supple and firmer skin
  • Scar treatments
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • stretch marks

We often combine micro-needling treatments with red light therapy to improve the chances of stimulating collagen regeneration and improving skin quality and sagging.

There are many studies showing the benefits of using red light therapy to restore the body as well as the skin. For the skin, it can improve fine lines and wrinkles, reduce skin discoloration and pigment changes, reduce inflammation (acne, cold sores), reduce UV/sun damage and also tighten and lift loose tissue through collagen/elastin stimulation. For the body, it can reduce fatigue, improve muscle performance and recovery, stimulate the growth of hair follicles on the head, reduce fat, reduce inflammation and pain, and speed wound healing.

There are many devices for personal use that may not be powerful enough or produce the desired results. The professional-grade red light therapy device used in my office has 15,000 lumens/1,226 bulbs of therapeutic LED lights that penetrate cells in the dermal layer as deep as infrared light can. The red light therapy device is designed for the face or body and is frequently used to help improve fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and dull skin. It is also used to improve the appearance of fatigue and reduce fat, inflammation and pain. It can promote hair growth on the head and wound healing.

How it works? There are three spectrums of light that we can use during treatments. Blue light has wavelengths of 423nm and can be used to kill bacteria, cleanse skin, aid in tissue recovery and acne, and promote wound healing. Yellow light – 583 nm wavelengths – is used to promote circulation, remove red spots and pigmentation. Red light – wavelengths of 640 nm – is the most penetrating light that promotes cell regeneration. It increases circulation, improves wound healing, improves collagen, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and can reduce fat.

During a treatment, we use a single light or a combination to achieve the results we are looking for. It can also be combined with an infrared heating mat to stimulate detoxification, improve lymphatic flow and reduce DNA damage and stress on the body. The treatment lasts about 20 minutes and you do not feel any heat or discomfort from the light. After the treatment, your skin may feel stimulated and tight.

An infrared heating mat can also be used during treatments to enhance body restoration. It is similar to an infrared sauna in that it warms you from the core. Infrared light is light that you cannot see but can feel the heat. It penetrates at the cellular level to promote healing. The Infrared Mat naturally releases both FIR Far Infrared Rays and MIR Mid Infrared Rays through heated gemstones within the mat resulting in “bioresonance”. This contains the best used wave range of 4 to 16 microns with an impact two to three times deeper than that of traditional infrared saunas with carbon heating panels. This effect is achieved by conduction, refraction and restructuring of infrared light through several layers of crystals which are infused throughout the carpet (especially by the thick layer of purple amethyst crystals).

Infrared heat can:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Aids in weight loss and detoxification
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Regulate blood pressure and body temperature
  • Treat fatigue and muscle pain
  • Improve wound healing and collagen regeneration
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve the nervous system

Whether you choose one therapy or a combination of therapies for your skin, your overall health will also benefit as you seek the ultimate results to enhance the beauty and youthfulness of your skin. NBF

By Christina Kovalik NMD, Lake

Dr. Christina Kovalik NMD, LAc, The Vitality Doctor, is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist specializing in hormone optimization, optimal health, and vitality. She is a new Flagstaff resident, practicing since 2004, and opened her second location in Doney Park in 2020. For more information, visit or call 928-863-6086.