Microneedling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that is used to improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and pore size.  Overall, it helps to improve the texture of the skin.  It can be used effectively in most body locations including for wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, as well as thin skin of the hands and neck.*

How does Microneedling needling work?

Microneedling uses a specialized pen with very small needles (we use Bellus Medical's Skin Pen) to create tiny holes in the skin.  As the skin repairs these small injuries, it stimulates that body's natural ability to produce collagen.  Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in our bodies that keeps the skin plump and youthful.  Increasing collagen production helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while making it more firm, elastic, and youthful.
 
Since microneedling uses the body's own repair systems to improve appearance, results are not instantaneous.  It also takes a series of treatments to obtain the maximum benefit - typically 3 to 4.*
 

 

What should I expect during the procedure?

 
Prior to the procedure, the skin is cleansed thoroughly and a topical numbing medication is applied to the area to be treated.  This medication is allowed to sit for 20-30 minutes, then the skin is cleansed again and ready for the procedure.  A cool gel is placed on the skin and the microneedling pen is passed over the area to be treated.  Since the skin is numb, most compare the procedure to feeling an electric toothbrush being passed over the skin.  Depending on the size of the area, a treatment typically takes 15 minutes.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After the procedure we ask that you do not apply anything to your skin and avoid sun exposure.  After 24 hours, you may return to our normal skin care and sun protection routine as well as wear makeup.  A sunburn-like effect is normal for 1-3 days. The skin may feel tight, dry, swollen, or sensitive to the touch.  It is common for the skin to peel after treatment, this may not occur until up to 1 week.  Results may not be immediate as multiple treatment session may be necessary.*

Is microneedling safe?

Microneedling with the Skin Pen is a safe and effective treatment.  It is important to know that it differs from at-home rolling microneedling devices.  The Skin Pen penetrates more deeply than at-home rollers with a more controlled injury - leading to improved results and better safety.  As with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to find an experience team who understands the nuances of this treatment.