Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
Microneedling may also be combined with a topical treatment, like PRP (platelet rich plasma) or other vitamin-rich serums.
For more information about how you can enhance the benefits of this procedure, visit our PRP Facial page.
The MicroPen uses a sterile needle-tip containing 12-36 tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. This initiates the skin’s repair process to naturally produce collagen and elastin, ideal for reducing pore size and smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks. Micro-channels created by the treatment allow for optimal absorption of topical products and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), enhancing their effects in the deeper layers of skin.
Micro-Needling feels similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. Topical numbing will be applied prior to your procedure to avoid any discomfort, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 24-48 hours. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling. This is temporary and will typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition. For most patients, down time is as low as 24 hours.
Patients typically notice an immediate glow after healing, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal for optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments.