Treatment can be performed on the face, neck, and décolleté and is suitable to be used in place of other procedures that cannot treat delicate areas, such as around the eyes. In addition, microneedling will strengthen the skin in the treated areas, leading to long-term skin rejuvenation.
Microneedling is perfect for achieving skin resurfacing and triggering new collagen. Dermal needling treatment does the same thing as ablative treatments, including IPL, chemical peels, Fraxel, and laser resurfacing treatment, but it is a less expensive option. In addition, microneedling produces good results for those with acne scarring, uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation.
Microneedling is most performed on the face, but other body areas can also be treated, including the back, hands, neck, and chest.
A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area about 30 to 60 minutes before the treatments. The cream numbs your skin, so the only sensation you feel is light pressure during the actual microneedling process.
The microneedle device delivers multiple punctures to the skin, creating tiny micro-wounds. These micro-injuries trigger new collagen to fill wrinkles, scars, or fine lines. The natural injury response stimulates the growth of new tissue and involves four phases.
1. The first few days after the treatment, your body’s inflammatory response promotes fibroblast proliferation and chemotaxis. Platelets infiltrate the wound to help remove debris and bacteria.
2. The second phase includes 4-6 days after treatment; there is the production of keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and monocytes. New collage continues to be deposited.
3. The third phase is 7-22 days after microneedling, growth factors are created and released, and collagen is still being released.
4. New skin continues to grow from day 28 to two years after microneedling. The maturation stage is when collagen stiffens, and new tissues gain more strength.
Recovery after microneedling has the following side effects:
• Bruising – lasting up to 7 days
• Lines or marks from the pen or roller
• Undereye puffiness – this is not common.
The results from microneedling treatment take a few weeks to become apparent. Your new collagen continues to develop for several months after microneedling.
Use an ointment your skin care professional recommended on the treated area right after treatment. It is important that you use the ointment your medical practitioner recommends and not an ointment that is off the shelf.
Wash your face with water only and reapply the ointment. Avoid direct sun exposure, chemicals, and excessive heat. About three days after your treatment, you can begin to use your usual makeup, cleansers, and moisturizer. Use sunblock every day to prevent sun damage.
After day four, you can begin your normal makeup routines. Again, use mineral-based makeup to prevent oil buildup.
Microneedling uses a special device with tiny needles to prick the skin to create micro-injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. This process invokes the body’s natural healing response and collagen production. A roller-type device or a special skin pen can be used.
A special device containing tiny needles penetrates the top layer of skin, which triggers the exfoliation process and stimulates the production of new collagen. The new collagen repairs the skin, while the excess collagen strengthens the skin.
For melasma and scarring, treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks for best results. For an age-management, treatment is recommended every 12 weeks.
From start to finish, your appointment will take around two hours. Generally the longest wait time is for your skin to be cleansed and the topical anesthetic cream to take effect before we can begin your procedure.
Depending on the treatment, the length of the microneedles varies. Microneedling can also be delivered as a series of treatments one to three months apart. The treatment has minimal downtime, and you can return to your normal activities after microneedling treatments. Visible results are seen in about six to eight weeks after the treatment. These results improve with time. The number of treatments you need depends on your skin type and skin condition. Most patients get four to eight treatments six weeks apart. After treatment, it is normal to have pinkish skin that resembles mild sunburn. Swelling and color will disappear over the next few days.
There is little risk or complications with microneedling. Your skin may feel tight and dry a few days after the treatment, but this is normal and a part of the skin healing experience. You may have minor bleeding after microneedling, but this is also normal. It is important to note that these temporary side effects usually last only a few days. During this time, do not pick or scratch at your skin or you could cause irritation and infection.
Microneedling can be beneficial for the face, neck, and décolleté. In addition, it can be helpful for anyone looking for a non-invasive procedure to improve acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and texture issues with little to no downtime and very little pain or side effects.
We use a topical anesthetic cream before the procedure to make the patient more comfortable. You can experience mild redness and swelling for 24-48 hours post-treatment. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks ahead of any events/vacations.
You can experience mild redness and swell for 24-48 hours post-treatment. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks ahead of any events/vacations.
You will see positive changes in your skin within 1-2 weeks following treatment. We recommend a series of 3-6 treatments in 4-week intervals for optimal results.