What Is Microneedling ?
Micro-Needling also known as collagen Induction therapy uses a pen sometimes called collagen pen that is covered with 12 ultra-fine needles that is used on the targeted areas to create small channels in the skin. As the device glides along the skin, these needles penetrate the upper layers of skin to a depth of up to 2mm (depending on the needle length used) producing thousands of tiny micron channels in the skin. Each channel goes no deeper than the skin layer and will be approximately 0.1mm in width. An even pattern of petechiae (minute hemorrhagic spots, of pinpoint to pinhead size, in the skin) after the procedure is the best indication that the procedure has been done effectively.
How does Micro needling or collagen pen work to benefit the skin?
The treatment introduces fine needles to the skin to create microscopic channels. In doing so the dermis is encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin, which generates new skin cells. The skin then becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful. Serums that are applied to the skin afterwards are also up to 1000 times more effective as the pores are opened and the product is absorbed deep into the skin.
These microscopic wounds, which heal within a few hours, stimulate the skin’s healing process and increase collagen and elastin production. The effect is similar to fractional laser treatments, but not as deeply penetrating and is without the risk of a burn as there is with Fraxel or CO2 lasers.
Unlike Botox which relax fine lines and wrinkles but do not get rid of them, Microneedling can offer a longer term result due to its collagen building function which will actually repair and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, forehead and more.
Is it painful?
If needed, a topical numbing cream may be applied 10-15 minutes before the treatment which ensures patient comfort.
How long before I see results?
Typically, results are seen after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 3-6 treatments. Your skin will continue to improve of the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments.
Can Microneedling be combined with other treatments?
Micro-needling can be combined with various other collagen boosting treatments as an effective and fast way to naturally renew the appearance and texture of your skin while providing correction of concerns like stretch marks, acne scars or pock marks, hyperpigmentation and facial fine lines.
How Many treatments will I need?
For Optimal results, most people require a series of 3 to 5 treatments, usually spaced at least 4 weeks apart depending on the severity of the skin issue being treated. Some scars and stretch marks may require up to ten treatments.
The number of treatments is determined by many factors which is discussed during consultation.