Microneedling is a “collagen induction therapy” that involves the delivery of many discreet wounds to the skin using a specialized automated tip with an array of fine needles. It is also used as a “transdermal” delivery system for serums and therapeutic drugs.
The multiple small needle punctures delivered into the skin is a controlled dermal micro-trauma, which causes the release of blood, platelets, endothelial cells and growth factors. This promotes fibroblast proliferation with collagen and elastin production. The end result is dermal thickening, improved structure and skin elasticity.
Treatment itself takes about 30-40 minutes. A topical anesthetic is applied to the desired area for 20 minutes prior to treatment to minimize discomfort. Plan to be here for at least 1 hour. There will be a slight pinkness to the skin post treatment which fades within a few days.
During treatment, there may be light bleeding, but skin appears minimally pink at completion of procedure. Healing process is quick and painless. Skin products to enhance result of procedure are supplied.
By stimulating the production of new skin cells and collagen, microneedling creates a more youthful, supple and uniform skin appearance. Results are achieved over time as the body repairs itself.
Biopsy of the epidermis before and 6 weeks after microneedling therapy show significant new collagen has been generated within the dermis.
It can be used to minimize wrinkles, enlarged pores, as well as improve appearance of scars in all skin types.
For best results, a series of 3 treatments at 4-6-week intervals is recommended.
Microneedling is often combined with other treatments including mini-fraxel, and topical serums to enhance clinical results.
Slight tenderness and mild redness that diminishes within a day or two.