WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
t is a skin treatment procedure that involves an electric skin-needling device. The device contains very fine needles which are used during microneedling procedures to break down old scar tissue and push skin cell generation. Cell production leads to the creation of new layers of elastin and collagen fiber and leads to improved blood flow in the skin.
HOW DOES MICRONEEDLING WORK?
The device slides along the skin and penetrates upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create tiny needle wounds. This signals the body to respond by producing collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes fuller, thus reducing the appearance of scars, lines, and wrinkles.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES MICRONEEDLING TREAT?
Some of the conditions that medical Microneedling is known to improve include: mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, skin texture and pore size, and stretch marks
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Most people will notice redness and mild swelling similar to slight sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
It begins with cleaning and numbing the skin. A collagen-stimulating product, Vitamin C serum, and/or skin lightener is also used. A small pen with tiny needles is used to create tiny wounds in the skin. The speed and adjustability of the needles allows for more effective piercing and absorption of skin products. Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used after the procedure to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
WHAT IS THE DOWN TIME AFTER MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Patients tolerate the procedure easily. However, it is possible for dryness, scaling, redness, or swelling to occur after treatment, and they may last for a few days (or longer).
It is recommended that patients protect their skin from the sun after the procedure.
When the procedure is used to treat acne scars, it is recommended that the patient clean his/her face with a gentle cleanser every night.? This should be repeated in the morning and products such as makeup and lotions can be used regularly.
Postoperative wound infections are rare because micro wounds close quickly after the procedure is completed.
If necessary, emollients or antibiotics may be prescribed.
Skin rejuvenation will be visible as soon as two weeks after the procedure or as much as 6-8 months after.
Results for burn scar treatments can take between six months and one year to show.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRONEEDLING?
Some of the known benefits of medical Microneedling include: greatly improves topical cream effectiveness and penetration, stimulates blood circulation and collagen production, needles are non-allergenic, cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures, works on all skin types, and can treat the scalp, face, and body, including skin around the eyes, mouth and neck.
WHAT EFFECTS DOES MICRONEEDLING HAVE ON THE SKIN?
Medical Microneedling is known to improve many aspects of the skin including, but not limited to: improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, regenerates tissue, improves the appearance of scars, reduces the size of pores, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks
CAN MICRONEEDLING BE PERFORMED ON ANY SKIN COLOR?
Medical Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and colors without risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
IS MICRONEEDLING PAINFUL?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED AND HOW OFTEN CAN MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURES BE REPEATED?
Each patients skin condition determines the number of treatments that are needed. Moderate acne scars may need between three and four treatments, while thermal burns and stretch marks may need five.? Conditions such as wrinkles caused by aging, one or two refresher treatments are recommended per year.
Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed. Collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments, while scar reduction requires between 3 and 6 treatments, 4 to 6 weeks apart, and the number of treatments needed depends on individual cases. Micro-needling can be used on all parts of the body (neck, d’collet, arms, legs, etc). Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE MICRONEEDLING?
No negative side effects result from micro-needling, and none have been seen in the more than 150,000 procedures that have been done worldwide.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID ON MY SKIN AFTER THE TREATMENT?
AHAs (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or active ingredients should not be used for 2-3 days after treatment to allow for maximum healing. Sun exposure is not recommended and sunscreen is encouraged.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR MICRONEEDLING?
Medical microneedling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. The chance of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is minimal. Skin micro-needling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Micro-needling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
HOW MUCH THE MICRONEEDLING TREATMENT COST?
This is discussed during a free consultation. A treatment is put together for each client, at which point cost is discussed. Treatment decisions are based on each patients individual needs and desired results. Medical micro-needling can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF POST-OP INFECTIONS?
Post-op infections are extremely unlikely given that the tiny wounds close quickly and the treatment is done under clinical conditions.