Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure, also known as collagen induction therapy. This treatment is ideal for those patients looking to minimize the signs of aging, help reduce pigmentation, refine the texture and tone of the skin, and treat acne scarring. It can also be used to treat scars from trauma or surgeries and stretch marks.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling introduces small micro-injuries into the skin by way of tiny needles. This signals the skin to repair itself and start producing more collagen and elastin. The result is a thicker more even skin texture, tone, and overall healthier skin.
You might be a candidate if you have:
- acne scars
- age spots (also called “sun spots”)
- fine lines and wrinkles
- large pores
- traumatic or surgical scars
- reduced skin elasticity
- uneven skin tone
- stretch marks
When will I see results?
Most patients see some effects after the first treatment. The skin will appear tighter, more toned, and have a hydrated glow. Individual results vary depending on the patient, but for most conditions, a series of 3 or more treatments are required to obtain maximum results. This is a progressive treatment and some patients will continue to see skin improvements up to six months after their treatment series has ended. One of our qualified practitioners will discuss your goals and develop a treatment series to best suit the condition you are hoping to resolve.
What are the precautions and side-effects of microneedling?
The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days, and notice dry skin with healing. You may not be an ideal candidate for microneedling if you:
- are pregnant
- have certain autoimmune conditions
- skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
- have open wounds on the area to be treated
- recently undergone radiation therapy
What can I expect after treatment?
The recovery time for microneedling is minimal. You may notice skin irritation and redness for the first few days following the procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” during treatment. You can go back to work or school after the procedure if you’re comfortable however, some people like to wait until the next day to resume day-to-day activities until the redness has subdued. You can apply a mineral-based makeup the next day. SPF 30 or more is required daily after treatment.