What is Microneedling / Collagen Induction Therapy?:
The concept of skin needling is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions.This procedure that allows for controlled stimulation of the skin’s natural self-repair mechanism by using tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin and improve the appearance of a number of skin conditions. Micro-needling also creates superficial microchannels which can be used with topical gels, creams and serums to further treat and improve the skin’s appearance and the procedures efficacy. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
Who is a good candidate? Healthy Men and Women who have fine lines and wrinkles, lack of firmness, lack or radiance, hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Acne scars, chicken pox scars, and/or stretch marks.
Does it hurt? There is a mild pricking sensation, but you can elect to apply numbing cream before treatment to eliminate any pain.
Will it make the skin bleed? It is common to have very slight bleeding since the skin is being punctured.
How far apart are the treatments done? For Ideal results, treatments can be repeated every 4-6 weeks
Is microneedling different from Lasers? Unlike lasers, Microneedling breaks up pigment mechanically and without heat. Removing heat from the equation makes for a safer, more comfortable treatment with a very low complication rate.
Is Microneedling different from a needleroller or dermaroller? Needle rollers also use needles for skin resurfacing but are often too large and unwieldy for tight areas and unsanitary. the Automated Microneedle device’s depth of penetration is set precisely with an electornic dial.
Are there any side effects? Redness, stinging, itching, tighteness and slight peeling after skin needling is common but very minimal and usually subside within 24 hours.
Contraindications: You should not have this treatment if
- Prone to keloid scarring
- history of eczema, psoriasis, Herpes Simplex infections,acnitic keritosis, diabetes, presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area require a note from your doctor.
- We cannot microneedle anyone with history of scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities, Rosacea and blood clotting problems, active bacterial or fungal infection, immunosuppression and scars less than 6 months old.
Before your appointment:
Avoid retinoids and treatments for auto-immune disease for 24 hours before your treatment
Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 24 hours before your treatment
Arrive at our office with a clean face (no makeup)
Do not schedule this procedure if you have used Accutane/Isotretinoin within the last 6 months.
Aftercare: During the first 3 days: use a gentle cleanser, sunscreen and gentle moisturizers. Apply 1% hydrocortisone if needed. Avoid swimming, strenuous activity, exercising and sun exposure.