What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling treatment is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. Whenever skin encounters physical injury such as cuts, burns and other abrasions, it works to repair itself. Micro-Needling is an FDA-approved dermatological treatment that helps the skin generate new collagen and skin tissue. This procedure helps to reduce fine lines, expression lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, as well as acne scars. The goal is to rejuvenate the skin and improve the skin surface.
During this skin treatment procedure, an electronic fractional device is used. This Micro-Needling device moves across the skin and makes tiny pinpoint punctures to create very minor micro-“injuries.” In response to the perceived “injury,” the human body then releases a cascade of growth factors. And ultimately, this repair process triggers new collagen synthesis.
What are the Benefits of Micro-Needling?
This process has two major benefits – it effectively stimulates collagen formation and provides a clear channel for topical serums to be absorbed through the surface of the skin. By persistently triggering this healing process with a series of Micro-Needling treatments, the body keeps repairing the skin incrementally and cumulatively to offer a result similar to fractional laser treatments or chemical peels, but without the side effects and extended downtime. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. Once the desired result has been achieved, it is important to maintain collagen stimulation by returning for quarterly maintenance treatments.
How Many Treatments do I Need?
When doing RejuvaPen, for the best results in acne scars, pore size and anti-aging we recommend 3-6 sessions, each about 4 weeks apart. In the case of surgical scars and stretch marks on the body, we recommend usually 8-10 sessions each 5-6 weeks apart.
What Areas of the Body Can I Treat?
While most commonly used on the face, Micro-Needling can also restore and regenerate the skin on the neck, chest, and hands. Micro-Needling is safe for all colors of skin and all types of skin.
What Does the Micro-Needling Procedure Entail?
We perform Micro-Needling procedures in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile, disposable tip that allows effective treatment to hard-to-reach places (e.g. around the eyes, nose, and lips). Prior to the procedure, technicians may apply topical anesthetic cream to increase patient comfort. The basic Micro-Needling treatment includes the application of healing gels and serums during the procedure.
Is Micro-Needling Painful?
The sensation of Micro-Needling has been describe as a mildly uncomfortable (described as a stinging sensation), particularly in areas of bony prominence and where the skin is thinner such as the neck and around the eyes.
What Will I Look Like After the Procedure?
Immediately following the procedure the skin will feel tight, dry, swollen, and sensitive to the touch. It’ll also look and feel sunburned. The sensitivity and redness will diminish significantly within 24 hours. Other common short-term side effects include itching, discomfort, pinpoint bleeding or bruising, scabbing, and darkening of the treated area. Additionally, the skin may look and feel like sandpaper; these effects generally last 2-7 days as the old skin flakes off and new tissue replaces it.
What are the Risks?
While adverse reactions are extremely rare, there is a possibility of temporary side effects. Possible side effects include but not limited to: infection, scarring, herpes simplex outbreak (cold sores), hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), and hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). Darkening or lightening of the skin usually fades within 6 months, but in rare cases, could be permanent. This reaction is more common in patients who are tan or who have darker skin tones.
So, Micro-Needling recipients should be weary of exposing areas of treatment to the sun. Minimize this risk by avoiding sun exposure for 4 weeks before and after treatment. Additionally, by adhering to pre and post treatment instructions.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
How is the Treatment with PRP Different?
During a PRP Facial, Micro-Needling is administered. During this procedure we apply the patient’s own blood-derived growth factors and platelet rich plasma (PRP). On average the entire procedure is complete in about 30-45 minutes. Although each patient is unique, as is the exact treatment and the anatomical site, therefore times vary. New healthy skin appears about 4 weeks after treatment and continues to generate collagen for up to 4-6 months.
What are the Risks for PRP?
As PRP involves using a person’s own platelets, they do not usually experience any adverse reactions to the injections. However, it is possible that a person may have irritation, pain, or bleeding related to the injection site.