MicroNeedling is used to create microscopic injury into the skin at a minimal depth. Our Registered Nurse uses a pen-shaped Medical Device which has a sterile, disposable head that holds 12 very fine needles in a circular pattern. The device slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to create numerous tiny wounds. This prompts the body to heal the skin by creating new collagen and elastin fibers leading to increased firmness and tone in the skin, as well as a thickening and plumping of skin which reduces scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. Before the procedure a numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. Additionally, collagen-stimulating Hyaluronic Acid or lightening Vitamin-C serum may be added.
Although very effective it is relatively inexpensive when compared to other procedures such as Laser or Surgery. Depending on the condition treated, Needling is recommended in a series of three to six treatments 4-6 weeks apart. Downtown is minimal (some redness may last 24-48 hours) and sun exposure should be minimized. Also, Medical Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colors. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
1. What should I expect? - Prior to treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied. Once the treatment begins, the technician will glide the microneedling pen across the skin. Treatment sensations can vary but is most often described as light sand paper moving across the skin. There is a possibility of some pinpoint bleeding during the treatment. The treatment generally takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes, depending on the treatment area. After your treatment hydrating serums are applied. Your skin may be sensitive and red, similar to a moderate sunburn, for 12-24 hours. It is important to stay well hydrated after treatments and carefully follow a skin regimen recommended by your technician.
2. How many treatments are needed? - This will depend on the degree of the problem and the clients expectations (number of treatments usually range from 3 to 6). Sessions are often spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
3. What changes can be realistically expected with Collagen Induction Therapy? - Microneedling Collagen Induction Therapy will usually make the skin smoother, fresher and improve fine lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. It will usually improve acne scars. Skin texture and brown marks will also improve in most cases.