Microneedling

What are the benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling helps with a variety of skin issues including smoothing fine lines, and improving the overall quality by promoting collagen production. Commonly treated areas include the face, neck, decollete, abdomen, thighs (usually for stretch marks).

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  • Minimize Fine lines

  • Smooth uneven texture

  • Reduce Stretch marks

  • Lighten Acne scars

  • Reduce Pore size

  • Improve skin quality

  • Tighten Sagging skin

  • Reduce pigmentation and sun spots

  • Even Redness and skin tone

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is a Candidate for Microneedling?

​Microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones because the treatment does not damage the epidermis. The best candidates are anyone who:

  • Has not used isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past three months

  • Doesn’t have any open wounds, abrasions or cuts in the area to be treated

  • Has not had radiation skin treatment within the past 12 months

  • Not suffering from an active skin infection or herpes simplex at the treatment site or other skin condition. Patients should not have a history of hypertrophic, keloid scars or poor wound healing

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Microneedling uses a pen shaped device which allows multiple extremely fine needles to make very minuscule evenly-spaced punctures into the skin. The needles move up and down as the pen is moved across the treatment areas.  It is called a fractional treatment in which only a fraction of the surface of the skin is affected, leaving normal skin surrounding each micro-wound untouched. 

 

This allows the body to work on healing the so-called “wounds” and responds by increasing the collagen and elastin production thereby improving the skin.  Its principal use has been for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly those surrounding the mouth and crows feet and thin scars on the face, such as acne scarring.  It is also used for some pigmentation disorders such as melasma and age spots as well as for stretch marks.

What is Microneedling?

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What is the normal recovery time after treatment?

Downtime is minimal and usually 24 hours is enough time to heal from treatment, however, it may take up to 2-3 days depending on the extent of the treatment and your skin’s reaction.  You can usually return to work or activities (non-physical exercise) immediately after the treatment and wear makeup 24 hours later if necessary. In the first stage of healing, sometimes redness, dryness, breakouts and skin flaking appear but subside rather quickly.

 

What do I need to do after treatment?

After treatment, avoid any skin care product with acidic active ingredients, retinol, or AHAs (glycolic acid). Avoid these products for two to three days. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 35 to avoid sun damage. For the first 72 hours after treatment, reapply sunscreen every four to six hours. Clothing does not offer adequate protection from the sun. 

How many treatments do I need?

Most people need a series of treatments, typically at least 2-3, but potentially as many as 6 usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Microneedling won’t likely produce dramatic results, but mild to moderate improvements. Each session will continuously build upon the other and results slowly start to show itself.  Benefits can last up to 12 months and when used synergistically along with other treatments such as PRP (platelet rich plasma), chemical peels, fillers, or serums & peptides, the results can be positively augmented.

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