Microneedling is an FDA approved non-surgical procedure for the treatment of fine lines, facial sagging, acne scarring, and facial scars.
Microneedling works by using a device to create micro-injuries to the skin and dermis, the layer of tissue below the skin. The micro-injuries are created by fine needles that make tiny holes in the skin.
The body has a miraculous ability to heal. During a micro needling procedure we are using the body’s healing ability to improve the quality and texture of the skin. The micro needling process injures cells of the skin to stimulate the healing process. The injured skin responds by releasing multiple growth factors that stimulate the formation of new collagen and elastic tissue. It may seem counter-intuitive to create healthier skin we cause damage to the skin, but this is the way the process works.
Microneedling vs Dermarolling
What is the difference and why is dermarolling so bad?
- Imagine your skin being the banana peel. Dermarolling (RIGHT) actually causes little micro cuts in the skin, which can lead to sagging, scarring and signs of premature aging.
- Microneedling (LEFT) creates micro punctures at a 90 degree angle to the skin that generates new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microneedling?
The device slides along the skin and uses small needles to penetrate upper layers of the skin. 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 is the downtime?
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. 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.
What does the procedure involve?
It begins with cleansing and numbing the skin using a topical lidocaine. A topical Hyaluronic Acid and Stem Cell formula is then applied to the skin and 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.
Is Microneedling painful?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream is applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure.
How many treatments do I need and how often do I get them?
Each patient's 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 four to six weeks as needed. Collagen induction requires at least three treatments, while scar reduction requires between three and six. Four to six weeks should pass between one treatment and the next. Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body. Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.
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