What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Microneedling induces micro-injuries to the skin to stimulate self-repair through new collagen synthesis. Collagen synthesis results in younger, smoother, and firmer looking skin. Microneedling can help with hair regeneration and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, it can be used as a treatment for enlarged pores, pigmentation, acne scars, superficial scars, cellulite, and small stretch marks.
How does the Microneedling treatment work?
Microneedling can be used to treat the following areas of the body: the forehead, cheeks, neck, perioral region, under the eyes, décolleté (upper chest), and the thighs. The first step of microneedling is to apply a thin layer of a topical gel to the skin. The microneedling system utilizes sterile tip applicators each equipped with 12 small needles. When the microneedling pen is pressed against the skin of the treatment area, the needle tip applicator pulses up and down very quickly creating the micro-injuries to the skin.
While the microneedling pen is pulsing, the provider will move the pen to make passes across the treatment area. Some treatment areas require more passes than other areas, therefore requiring more treatment time. The treatments take between 15-30 minutes.
What does it feel like?
The microneedling pen tip can be adjusted to different treatment depths. The more superficial depths are commonly not felt at all or can be described as a piece of light sandpaper brushing the skin. When the pen is adjusted to achieve a deeper depth, the treatment area may be more sensitive. The combination of the topical gel and the speed of the pulsing applicator help reduce discomfort.
What results can I expect?
After the procedure, the skin will appear red and flushed. There may be a small amount of pinpoint bleeding. The redness will decrease significantly in a few hours after the treatment and will almost be completely done in 24 hours. Skin tightness and mild sensitivity to the touch may also occur. After 72 hours, the skin will return to normal or near normal appearance. Over the next 6 months, collagen production continues improving the appearance of the skin.
Will I need more than one treatment?
Some patients only require one treatment per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for the majority of patients to have 2-3 treatments done over 1-2 months. A small group of patients may need additional treatments for deep wrinkles, stretch marks, or acne scars. Your provider will inform you of your individualized treatment plan.
How do I get started?
Contact Your Wellness Center below to learn more about how we can help your skin look firmer and smoother with microneedling. We offer free consultations and our medical providers will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you reach your goals!