Microneedling, technically known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy, is a safe, low-downtime, cost-effective and efficient way to treat a variety of dermatologic conditions including acne scars and wrinkles. The microneedling device creates numerous epidermal and dermal microwounds to stimulate collagen production. The most well-described indications for microneedling in dermatology include acne scarring, periorbital and perioral wrinkles, skin laxity, post traumatic/burn scars, and striae distensae (stretch marks).
The microneedling device has a sterile disposable reciprocating tip with multiple surgically sharp needles that puncture the skin at different depths. While this sounds painful, it isn't because we apply a numbing cream for 45 minutes before the procedure. Additionally, we offer the Pronox Nitrous Oxide delivery system. The procedure generally takes about thirty minutes. We then apply a cooling sterile saline compress and a light layer of hyaluronic acid serum. Initially, your skin will be very red, with mild swelling, mild burning and some pinpoint bleeding. There should be very little to no pain. Within the first three days there will be some peeling, otherwise healing should be quick and uneventful. Let us know if you experience anything unusual.
It is totally normal for your skin to appear red after you've had microneedling done, and the majority of the redness should subside within 24 hours. Certain more aggressive treatments can result in redness lingering for a bit longer.
It is normal for your skin to peel within a few days after microneedling. Microneedling creates a large number of tiny punctures on your face which your body responds to by initiating repair. A new layer of skin is produced and the old skin begins peeling off.
Microneedling targets fine and deep wrinkles. The primary appeal of microneedling is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, leading to more youthful-looking skin.
We generally recommend microneedling treatment sessions at biweekly to monthly time intervals until the desired clinical results are achieved. For collagen induction, we recommend to starting with 3 treatments, with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, we recommend an average of 3 to 6 treatments. Some patients elect to receive ongoing (single) microneedling treatment sessions on an annual or semiannual basis to maintain and/or enhance their cosmetic outcomes.