Micro- needling is becoming one of the most sought-after methods for skin rejuvenation on the market today.
What is Micro-needling?
It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are use to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. New collagen and elastin production can reverse years of sun damage, improve acne scars and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.
What are the other advantages of Micro-needling?
Micro-needling also helps the skin absorb treatment serums (such as hyaluronic acid or vitamin C) 80% more effectively deeper into the skin. Think of it like aerating your lawn when fertilizing.
Who is a good candidate for Micro-needling?
Micro-needling is being used for acne scars, fine lines, skin tightening, shrinking pore size, melasma and stretch marks. For deep acne scarring the treatment of choice would be laser resurfacing or scar revision by a plastic surgeon.
What should I expect after treatment?
Depending how aggressive the treatment is, you may have slight swelling and a pink, sunburned look to your face that could last up to three days.
When will I see results?
Most people notice healthier looking skin immediately and the repair process continues over the next few weeks. Rebuilding your collagen will take up to 6 months so your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months.
How many treatments will I need?
Your skincare professional will determine your treatment plan based on the condition of your skin and your desired outcome. On an average for skin rejuvenation and mild acne scarring we recommend 3 to 4 treatments. Deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of 5 treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended.
Is Micro-needling painful?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure. Because the points that are made in the skin are so small, most patients experience little to no discomfort.
What is the difference between the medical Microneedling pens and the dermal roller you can buy online?
Micro-needling treatments can be performed at grades that range from superficial to deep depending on the needle depth. Most home devices only penetrate .25mm which only affects the epidermis. Medical devices will penetrate as deep as 3.0 into the skin to the dermis for better results.