Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a pen-like medical device placed over your skin. During the course of treatment, the device slides over the skin resulting in controlled skin injury. The beneficial effects are appreciated after your skin heals in response. It can improve the texture and quality of the skin and can produce a mild tightening effect to address slightly loose skin. Microneedling can be used for a wide range of skin problems.
Who is a candidate for MicroNeedling?
Healthy individuals who are looking to have improvement with the following skin conditions:
- Facial wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes
- Stretch marks
- Mild to moderate acne scars
- Surgical or burn scars
- Mildly loose skin that requires tightening
Patients who have open wounds, skin infection including herpes or who have taken Accutane in the past several months are not good candidates for microneedling.
How does MicroNeedling work?
The microneedling device has very fine needles used to puncture the skin, resulting in controlled skin trauma. The penetrating depth can be up to 2 mm deep. The skin is exfoliated, blood flow is stimulated and pores are cleaned out. The micro-channels created stimulate the body to produce collagen and elastin, which fill these microscopic spaces. This process results in an improvement in skin texture, pore size, stretch marks and reduction in scars.
During the actual treatment, the skin is cleaned and prepped before using the device. Numbing cream is applied to the skin so there is no pain associated with treatment. The length of the treatment depends on the extent of the skin condition with most patients requiring less than one hour. A hydrating gel is then applied to the skin to assist healing.
What to expect after MicroNeedling?
There is very little downtime after microneedling. Expect some mild redness for 1-2 days after treatment. For mild skin issues, treatment involves a series of 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart. Six treatments may be required for more extensive skin problems. Most people notice a glow and healthier appearing skin immediately afterwards with improvement continuing up to 6 months.