Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a method of skin rejuvenation based on the scientifically-proven principle that a controlled injury to the skin can actually create desirable improvements by simulating your body’s own healing response. During a microneedling treatment, a battery-operated wand with 12 fine needles on the tip creates small, uniform punctures into the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. The tiny holes created by the needles extend to a depth of 0.5–3 mm into the skin and stimulate the body to produce new collagen and elastin over time. The result is an enhancement of skin texture and firmness, reduction in pore size, and improvement of acne scars and stretch marks. Microneedling can not only be used on the face but other areas of body in which skin refinement is desired.
Your skin will be cleansed to remove any makeup, oil and debris. An anesthetic cream will be applied to the entire treatment area for 30-45 minutes to make the procedure more comfortable. After removal of the anesthetic cream, a gel containing skin-stimulating peptides and nutrients will be applied to the treatment area. The microneedling device is then moved across the skin surface in multiple directions for 10-15 minutes, creating thousands of microscopic channels into the skin and allowing for deeper penetration of the gel. Slight bleeding may occur, but this is normal and desirable as it indicates stimulation of blood vessels that will induce new collagen formation. Following the procedure, a soothing serum will be applied to moisturize and protect the skin.
Your skin will be red following your microneedling treatment, similar to a sunburn. Slight bruising or swelling may occur but is less common. Some individuals may experience a mild itching sensation as well. For most people, these symptoms will resolve within 24-72 hours. Mineral-based makeup and sunscreen SPF 30+ can be applied the day after microneedling, but products containing abrasive exfoliants, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or acids (glycolic, salicylic, etc) should be avoided for at least 3 days post-treatment.
Number of Treatments
Since the results from microneedling are cumulative, multiple treatments are strongly encouraged to achieve the best outcome. For skin rejuvenation, an initial series of four treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart is recommended, followed by a treatment every 3 months for maintenance. For more difficult conditions to treat such as acne scarring or stretch marks, more treatments may be required.
Microneedling can be combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma), neurotoxins, fillers, and skin tightening procedures for enhanced results based on your specific needs. Please schedule a consultation today to find out if microneedling is right for you.
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