What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), meaning it 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 the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a treatment for enlarged pores, pigmentation, acne scars, superficial scars, cellulite, and small stretch marks.
There are 2 steps to the treatment:
- Apply a thin layer of topical gel to the skin. This decreases any discomfort from the procedure.
- Use the sterile-tip applicators on the skin. Each applicator is equipped with 12 small needles, and when pressed against the skin, the needle tip applicator pulses up and down very quickly to create the micro-injuries to the skin. While the Microneedling pen is pulsing, our provider will move the pen to make passes across the treatment area. Some treatment areas require more passes than other areas, and therefore require more treatment time.
What are the Treatment Areas?
The most common areas for Microneedling treatment are the forehead, cheeks, neck, perioral region, under the eyes, décolleté (upper chest), and the thighs.
What Does the Treatment 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.
How Long Does One Treatment Take?
Typical treatments take between 15-30 minutes, but may take more time depending on the size and depth of skin that needs treating.
How Many Treatments are Recommended?
Some clients only require one treatment per year to achieve optimal results, however, it is recommended for the majority of clients to have 2-3 treatments done over 1-2 months. A small group of people may need additional treatments for deep wrinkles, stretch marks, or acne scars. Our skincare expert will create an individualized treatment plan for you.
What Should I Expect After the Treatment? How Long Will it Take to Recover?
After the procedure, the skin will appear red and flushed. There may be a small amount of pinpoint bleeding, but the redness will decrease significantly in a few hours after the treatment, and will almost be completely gone 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.
How Do I Get Started?
Contact us below to learn more about how we can help your skin look firmer and smoother with microneedling, or submit an online consultation form to set up a free consultation. Our medical providers will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you reach your beauty goals!