What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive technique which promotes collagen production through the use of a needling device. A hand held device that resembles a pen glides over the skin at a specific depth creating punctures in the area it covers. The tiny needles create channels into the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. The needles trigger the body’s own healing process which creates more collagen and elastin in the dermis as well as an increase in blood flow.
With microneedling there is no down time like with peels or lasers. Different needle depths are used based on which area of the body is treated. Microneedling improves skin texture, firmness, and hydration. It also reduces wrinkles, pigmentation, pore size, stretch marks, and acne scars. Your skin with be revitalized with a youthful glow.
What to expect?
The area to be treated is cleansed first. A numbing cream is then applied and left on the skin for 15-20 minutes in order to make the procedure more comfortable. Once the numbing cream is removed, hyaluronic acid is applied as the procedure is performed. The actual microneedling takes about 15 minutes. Most patients will experience redness similar to a sunburn after the treatment. There may be areas of pinpoint bleeding which may last 24-48 hours. The redness subsides after a few hours and makeup can be used 12 hours post treatment. Patients may notice peeling or flaky skin for a few days which is completely normal. It’s very important to keep the skin moisturized and use a broad-spectrum sunblock. Within 1-2 weeks, the skin is smoother and more youthful. The full effects of collagen production are seen a few months later. Your practitioner may suggest products to use at home to further improve your results.
How often should microneedling be performed?
Microneedling can be safely done every 4-6 weeks until the patient achieves desired results. The number of treatments depends on the skin condition being treated and how the skin responds. Most patients will see results after the first treatment and continue to improve. Once the desired effect is achieved, it is recommended to have 1 or 2 treatments per year to maintain results.
What are the contraindications?
Microneedling can NOT be used on the following patients:
- Accutane use within the past 6 months
- Radiation treatment on the skin within the past year.
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- Poor wound healing
- Eczema, Psoriasis, Active Acne, Rosacea, or other chronic skin conditions in the area being treated.
- Actinic Keratosis
- Diabetes (delayed wound healing)
- Had microneedling within the last 4 weeks.
- Had botox within 2 weeks or dermal filler injected within the last 4 weeks of the microneedling treatment.
- Scleroderma, Blood clotting issues, Collagen vascular disease, Immunosuppression, Active infection.