Skin Rejuvenation – Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a quick, minimally invasive procedure for treating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars while improving the overall appearance of the skin. At AesthetiSpa, we are proud to offer this skin rejuvenating treatment utilizing the first FDA-cleared microneedling device, SkinPen® Precision System by Bellus Medical.
Micro-Needling – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Microneedling?
Microneedling uses micro-needles (ultra-fine needles) to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin that in turn trigger the skin’s natural wound healing response and stimulation of the production of collagen and elastin.
The superficial micro-channels created also allow the introduction of topical applications such as products or PRP to help further improve the appearance of the skin.
2. What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving the skin looking younger with fewer signs of aging. It leads to a fresher appearance and leaves a glow to the skin. Microneedling can also improve pore size, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
3. How does Microneedling work?
The SkinPen uses a sterile, disposable cartridge that houses 14 micro-needles that gently glides across the skin. The micro-needles penetrate the skin to a depth of up to 2.5 cm, depending on the unique needs of the area being treated. The micro-needles create hundreds to thousands of superficial micro-injuries in the skin that in turn trigger the skin’s natural wound healing response and stimulation of the production of collagen and elastin. New collagen and elastin support softer, firmer skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and textural issues.
4. How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure begins with cleansing the skin and the application of a topical anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Once skin is numb, the topical anesthetic is removed, and an antiseptic is applied to prepare the skin.
Next a hydrogel is applied to the skin to ensure the SkinPen glides effortlessly across the treatment area thus protecting the skin against abrasion and friction.
As the SkinPen glides across the skin, the micro-needles penetrate the skin to a depth of up to 2.5 cm, depending on the unique needs of the area being treated. The micro-needles create hundreds to thousands of superficial micro-injuries in the skin. Gauze may be used to gently pat down the treated area followed by the application of a generous amount of hydrogel to prevent skin from drying out after the procedure.
The micro-injuries trigger the skin’s natural wound healing response and stimulation of the production of collagen and elastin. New collagen and elastin support softer, firmer skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and textural issues.
5. What Does It Feel Like?
Microneedling feels similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin. Some areas are more sensitive than others, but the topical anesthetic and hydrogel make the treatment very tolerable.
6. What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
Microneedling can be performed on many parts of the body such as, the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
7. What is the Downtime After Microneedling?
Immediately after the procedure, the skin will be pink to bright red and may be slightly swollen. This may last for two to four days. You may also experience slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising.
Common treatment responses include: dryness, rough skin, tightness, itching, peeling, mild discomfort and tenderness.
8. What Should Be Avoided After Treatment?
Within the first 72 hours post treatment you should avoid sweaty exercise and sun exposure. Retinol, acidic ingredients and AHA’s (glycolic acid) should not be used for two to three days post treatment to allow for healing.
9. How Soon Do You See Results?
Results can be seen over the course of several days to weeks after treatment. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Improvement continues up to six months as collagen and elastin production continue.
10. How Many Treatment Are Needed and How Often?
Generally, a series of three treatments spaced four weeks apart is recommended for optimal results, however, you should discuss treatment goals with your Provider. It is suggested to avoid other aesthetic treatments in the same area for one month following Microneedling.
11. Who Are Good Candidates for Microneedling?
Microneedling is safe for all skin types and colors. It can used on sensitive and fragile areas such as the neck and back of hands that cannot be treated with other procedures. Microneedling should not be performed on patients who have:
- Used Accutane within the previous six months
- Open wounds, cuts, abrasions
- An active skin infection
- A history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
- Undergone radiation skin treatment within the previous year
- Active Herpes Simplex lesion in the treatment area
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding