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Micro-Needling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling therapy, also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin.  The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, pores, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Skin texture becomes smooth, even, and firm. In addition to CIT, the channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin.
In comparison to prolonged recovery time from laser resurfacing and chemical peels, a few days of healing time makes Micro- Needling a more desirable alternative. And unlike botox, there are no toxic chemicals being injected into your body- you are using your body's own natural defense system to create younger, healthier skin! Microneedling will truly turn back the hands of time for your skin.

Will it hurt?

Your skin will be washed and prepped, and then a numbing cream will be applied. You will feel a little pressure, but you should feel little to no pain during the procedure.

How long until I see results?

You may see results in as early as 1 week, but for most It can take between 6- 8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are apparent. The process will continue to evolve over the ensuing months providing a gradual improvement. Although a single treatment can provide a noticeable result, ideally a series of 3-6 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart, are recommended to achieve optimal results.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects and risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with some mild scab formation in rare circumstances. Infections are extremely rare. Since the tiny pricking channels close within minutes, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely

Pre-Op and Post Care tips

  • The area to be treated must be free of any active acne, cold sore, pimples or infection. (Anti-virals are required for areas around the mouth)
  • Make sure to schedule when you have 3-5 days of down time.
  • Please arrive to your appointment makeup free.
  • The treated area WILL be very red the 1st 24hrs and will gradually lighten with each following day and will feel like a sun burn.
  • Itchiness and tenderness will be present during the healing process.
  • The area MAY begin to shed/slough after a couple days revealing new pink skin.
  • Healing is rapid and the results will be visible in just a few short weeks and continue to improve over months.
  • You can continue to use your skin care regimen(after 2 weeks) and apply makeup when needed. New makeup is recommended!
  • Wait 6-8 weeks between procedures

Contraindications

Is there anyone who would NOT be a good candidate for Microneedling?

You could be at risk if any of the following pertain to you:

  • Diabetes – Potential delayed wound healing may increase risk of secondary infection post-needling.
  • Autoimmune disorders- increased risk of secondary infetion
  • Pustular or nodular rosacea – Do not needle inside zones of inflammation until inflammatory response has dissipated; you can needle nearby, unaffected areas.
  • Concurrent use of anticoagulant medication – Anticoagulant medications (such as Coumadin, Aspirin regimen) may contribute to prolonged bleeding. Under no circumstances should medication for a serious health condition be discontinued in favor of aesthetic issues.
  • Unnecessarily frequent needling sessions –Needling more than once per month may overstimulate collagenase response to the detriment of therapeutic goals.
  • Injectable neuromodulators – Must wait at LEAST 48 hours of injection of neuromodulators (such as Botox or Dysport) in proximity to the needled area, to avoid potential misdistribution of injected toxin, to the detriment of the result.
  • Injectable fillers –Must wait at least two weeks of injection with dermal fillers or volumizers to avoid potential unwanted inflammatory response.
  • Pregnancy – Dry needling without use of topicals or other products is safe but not recommended.
  • History of Keloid scarring