What is Micro Needling?
Micro Needling is a revolutionary skin treatment that creates healthier, younger-looking skin. It reduces the appearance of scars, acne, wrinkles, and stretch marks, as well as diminishes pore size. The skin is stimulated to cause an increase in natural production of collagen and elastin to plump, fill and firm, while leaving the dermis intact. The skin appears smoother and younger.
Compared to invasive treatments, micro needling is safe, effective and an affordable alternative that can take years off your appearance. The procedure is painless with no down time. You may benefit from micro needling if you have wrinkles and fine lines, scars from acne, burns or surgery, stretch marks, or sun-damaged skin.
Micro Needling for Skin Rejuvenation
Skin needling is not really new, though it is newly popular in this country. Needling the skin to create new collagen has been a European practice for the past two decades. Micro needling is based on the ability of the skin to self-repair when a wound occurs. Micro needling creates microscopic pinpoint “wounds”. The body responds by creating new elastin and collagen. It is a safe, heat-free treatment that is successfully used on all skin types and colors.
- Shorter needle penetration can enhance product penetration and smooth superficial skin.
- Longer needle penetration can be used to create collagen response more deeply such as when treating acne scars.
We use a device called the MicroPen, which is a handheld battery-powered pen that holds sterile 12-needle cartridges. The tiny needles pierce the skin at predetermined depths depending on the results you want to achieve. The pen is moved quickly across your skin; treatments usually don’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes. In any case, the penetration depths are not at all like typical injections.
What types of conditions does Micro Needling treat?
- Acne scarring (usually combined with laser for prominent scarring)
- Trauma scars
- Accumulated photo damage, wrinkles, and roughness
- Sluggish skin
Is Micro Needling painful?
Typically, micro needling is a little uncomfortable with depths needed for scar revision, but this is managed easily with a topical numbing gel placed on the skin prior to treatment. Lighter treatments are compared to brushing sandpaper across the skin.
How many treatments will I need?
Because micro needling is not a particularly aggressive treatment, you’ll need several treatments over a 3 to 6 month period. Treatment results are cumulative, so you will need to commit to more than one treatment to get obvious results.
Acne scar patients usually will need 6 to 8 treatments – fewer when combined with laser therapy.
How will my skin feel after treatment?
- Light treatment levels: Depending upon the depth of the needles used, you may feel as though your skin is warm or hot – and sensitive. Light superficial treatments leave the skin red for a day or two.
- More aggressive levels: Treatments aimed at changing the skin at deeper planes, as in acne scarring, may experience some swelling, pinpoint bleeding (stops almost immediately), and what is called “bronzing” as the tiny pinpoints dry and then slough off.
Your skin may also feel tight. It will be more sun sensitive so you should use the recommended sunblock while your skin heals, and you should not use acid or other active products outside of the schedule you will be given. Treat it gently and don’t “pick” at any areas that feel like sand granules.
Why would I choose Micro Needling over laser?
Generally the more common use of micro needling is to augment laser or other fractional resurfacing. But some patients who have high pigment skin don’t want the risk of heat-induced pigmentation, so needling is an alternative. Also, the cost of micro needling is less than laser since the cost of laser equipment does not have to be considered.