What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro channels (tiny holes) in the skin. Simply put, microneedling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation. The device used is FDA approved and common for rejuventation of the skin. The concept is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself when met with physical injury, and the process stimulates your skin’s repair function while also producing collagen and elastin. This repair process begins almost immediately and results in a thicker dermis and softened wrinkles or scars. (Acne Scars are more easily improved when treated earlier.)
By persistently triggering this healing process with a series of microneedling treatments, the body keeps repairing the skin incrementally and cumulatively to offer a result similar to fractional laser treatments or chemical peels, but without the side effects and extended downtime. The result is smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin. Once the desired result has been achieved, it is important to maintain collagen stimulation by returning for quarterly maintenance treatments.
- Stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin
- Reduces the appearance of crows feet and lip lines
- Reduces the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines
- Assists in the absorption of cosmetic products
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars and chickenpox scars
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
- Helps with rosacea by strengthening the skin
What to expect?
There is no tissue destruction with micro needling. The small channels in the epidermis close very quickly and the skin begins a healing response right away. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness or you may experience some pinpoint bleeding which stops almost immediately.
The treatment is described as mildly to moderately uncomfortable by our clients. 90% of clients do not need a numbing agent. If you are very sensitive we recommend applying a numbing agent 30 minutes prior to your session.
Immediately following the procedure the skin might feel tight, dry, swollen, and sensitive to the touch. You may also experience redness from the procedure. The sensitivity and redness will diminish significantly within 24 hours. Other common short-term side effects include itching, discomfort, pinpoint bleeding or bruising, scabbing, and darkening of the treated area. Additionally, the skin may look and feel like sandpaper; these effects generally last 2-7 days as the treated skin flakes off and is replaced by new tissue.
- If your skin is sensitive after the treatment you can apply hydrocortisone cream, aloe, and take Advil for discomfort.
- Use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sun block for 48 hours after your treatment.
- Do not use corrective or exfoliating products for those first 48 hours.