How does Micro-Needling work?
The device slides along the skin, puncturing the upper layer of the skin to a depth of up to 2 millimeters to create numerous tiny (“micro”) needle wounds. This process stimulates the body’s own reaction and response through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
What does the procedure involve?
The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. A small handheld pen-like device with a sterile, disposable tip with tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of the PRP or HA serum. After the treatment, the PRP or HA Serum is applied topically to calm the skin and to help regenerate healthy tissue and skin.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Most people will experience temporary redness and mild swelling, similar to a mild sunburn, for 24-48 hours, and some longer. There may be minimal pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Within two to three weeks, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking, but the full effects will not be noticeable until a few months later. The skin will look rejuvenated and plump. The texture will be much improved and the results are truly incredible.
What is the down time the treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 24 to 48 hours. To further reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc-based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after a procedure.
What are the benefits of Micro-Needling?
- Stimulates circulation and collagen production;
- Medical grade titanium needles makes it non-allergenic to human tissue;
- Cost effective compared to other resurfacing esthetic procedures;
- Micro-Needling is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colors.
- There is no risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation;
- Can be used in all areas of the face and body, including fragile areas such as around -the eyes, mouth, and neck;
- Improves skin texture;
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles;
- Stimulates tissue regeneration;
- Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars, can be improved as new collagen fibers -elevate the depressed scar tissue with the periphery skin;
- Pore size reduction;
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks.
How many treatments do I need and how often can Micro-Needling procedures be repeated?
Micro-Needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction, we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual will respond to the treatment and the extent of the damage prior to the treatment.
Am I a candidate for the Micro-Needling?
This procedure can be safely performed on all skin types and all skin colors. As the epidermis and, in particular, melanocytes in the basal area are left intact. There is minimal risk of pigment change or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Micro-Needling is not suitable for the individuals who:
Have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months
Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin
Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
What you should know:
The procedure lasts approximately an hour.
Redness, irritation and swelling may occur, though they will subside in the following 24 – 48 hours.
You will have some peeling and dryness
Depending on each individual’s needs, the procedure may be repeated every four to six weeks
Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, and herbal supplements for 72 hours prior to the treatment. These medications can increase the chances of bruising.