What is Micro-needling? Micro-needling, also known as Micro-needling collagen induction therapy is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment. It promotes your body’s natural collagen production and cellular turnover through your body’s wound healing process. During treatments, an FDA approved handheld device is rolled over the treatment site in a smooth circular motion. The pen features several tiny needles that puncture your skin rapidly. This creates microscopic channels within your skin. While it may sound intimidating, the needles are so fine that you should not feel any pain. If you have an aversion to needles, a topical anesthetic can be applied to the treatment site causing you to not feel anything at all.
How long do the treatments take to perform? The entire treatment only takes about 30 minutes to complete. However, the duration of the treatment will vary on a case by case basis. If you are treating a smaller area, like your hands, the treatment will not take as long. But, if you are receiving the treatment to a larger area, it will take several passes to cover the area and complete the treatment. This will result in a longer session.
When can I expect to see results from the treatment? As soon as the deepest layers of your skin are penetrated by the needles, micro-wounds are created. This triggers your body’s wound healing response to heal the wounds immediately. However, the dramatic results are not visible for 4 to 6 weeks after each treatment. Results can be seen after each treatment. However, many clients will need a series of 3 to 6 treatments, dependent upon the severity of the skin concern or the client’s skincare goals. The results are cumulative.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment? A good candidate for Micro-needling collagen induction therapy is anyone who has not used Accutane in the past 3 months; candidates can’t have any open wounds, abrasions or cuts; has not had radiation treatments within the last 12 months; can’t be suffering from an active skin infection or herpes simplex on the treatment site; or another skin condition. Candidates are those who are not pregnant or nursing and should not have a history of hypertrophic scarring, keloid scarring, or poor wound healing.
Unlike many laser treatments, Micro-needling is safe for all skin types and tones because the treatment does not damage the epidermis. It is safe for treating sensitive or fragile areas such as the back of the hands, skin on the neck, and around the eyes. When the treatment is performed by a professional, the risk of hyper-pigmentation is mitigated.
What do I have to do after a treatment? After treatments, you should avoid any skincare products with any active acid ingredients. These may include products like Retina or AHAS glycolic acid. You should avoid these type products for at least 2-3 days. You should also wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 35 to avoid sun damage. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 4 to 6 hours for the first 72 hours. Clothing itself does not offer adequate protection from the sun. Do your best to avoid being outside between 10 am and 2 pm for the first 3 days after treatment.
Any special considerations for taking care of my skin after a treatment? Besides applying sunscreen regularly, there are not a lot of special skincare steps you need to take. If you are using collagen induction therapy to treat acne scars, use a gentle cleanser to clean your face every morning and night for 72 hours after treatment. Makeup, lotion, and other skincare products can be used as normal 24 hours after treatment. Prescription antibiotics are not necessary because the micro wounds close rapidly after treatment.
What is the downtime associated with Micro-needling? There is no down time associated with collagen induction therapy. However, you will need to try your best to avoid sun damage for the first 3 days after treatment. A little hyaluronic acid will go a long way to ensure no inflammation occurs after treatment. You will want to try to limit your makeup to mineral makeup for the first 24 hours after treatment.
What can I expect during treatments? During the treatment, your skin will be cleansed and numbed. The Micro-needling pen features a dozen tiny needles which create micro wounds at the correct speed to penetrate the skin at the proper depth. These needles are completely customizable so they will penetrate your skin at the proper depth regardless of how thick or thin your skin may be.
What conditions can be treated with Micro-needling collagen induction therapy? Treatments can improve the texture of the skin and minimize the appearance of pours. Treatments also lift and tighten sagging skin resulting in the elimination of fine lines and moderate to severe wrinkles. This therapy is also used to treat mild to moderate acne scars.
Tell me more about how Micro-needling collagen induction therapy works? The needles of the micro needling pen penetrate the upper layers of the skin. This results in micro injuries which trigger your body’s wound healing response and collagen and elastin are produced. Elastin is a type of fiber that is essential to the health of your skin. It is a major component of cellular turnover which helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation. Collagen is a special type of protein that is responsible for keeping your skin lifted, tight, and plump. When collagen production is stimulated your cheeks can be re-contoured without the need for an invasive medical procedure. Fine lines and wrinkles can be improved due to the increased volume in the treatment area.
Should I try Micro-needling at home? It is not advisable to use dermal rollers at home. The most significant reason to avoid this is the high risk of infection in doing so. Without a professional sterilizing the treatment site, there is a significant risk that impurities in your skin may remain and get into the micro wounds. Even worse, there is a risk that the needles used for the at home treatment are not properly sterilized. Also consider the fact that a topical anesthetic (numbing creme) will be applied when the treatment is performed by a professional. This will provide comfort during the process that would not typically be available if trying to perform this service at home yourself.
What can I expect to look like after the treatment? Immediately following treatment, you will notice that your skin looks smoother and more radiant. After a month you will notice that your skin is significantly tighter, lines are reduced, and skin tone is more even.
How many treatments will be needed? The condition of your skin as well as the condition that you are trying to treat will determine the number of treatments needed to achieve your goals. For moderate acne scars you will probably need 3 to 6 treatments. For moderate to deep wrinkles you will need between 2 to 4 treatments. As with anything, results vary.
How often can you receive the treatments? You can receive a treatment every 4 to 6 weeks. It may take up to 3 treatments for collagen induction to be most effective. If you have never received collagen induction therapy before, you can expect to achieve your goal within 4 to 6 months of your first treatment. The treatment schedule should be adhered to in order to achieve maximum results.