If you want to improve the look of your skin, micro-needling is a great treatment choice. This treatment option taps into the body’s natural healing properties and is approved by the FDA. Micro-needling is non-invasive and non-surgical, making it the ideal option for correcting fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and scarring so you can experience a younger looking appearance.
In order to complete this treatment, tiny needles, which are practically invisible to the naked eye, are used to puncture the skin. This creates small injuries that trigger the body’s healing process, increasing collagen production. While a handheld device is most commonly used, automated micro-needling, known as collagen induction therapy, is entering the picture. This method can achieve even better results because it removes the human factor.
Why It Works
All it takes is one session to start seeing smoother skin. Although this procedure is essentially creating small injuries, they are minor and don’t hurt. There is also no risk of infection because the needles don’t puncture deeply. In addition to triggering an increased production of collagen, the micro-needling creates small channels into the skin that allow any serums, lotions or other products to penetrate deeper to enhance their effects. This is why many medical spas also offer topical treatments in conjunction with micro-needling.
Any type of micro-needling reduces hyperpigmentation and scarring. However, the Eclipse MicroPen we use often produces even better results. Once your treatment is complete, your skin will glow and you can achieve a more natural, smoother look to your makeup when you apply it.
What to Expect
When you make your appointment for micro-needling, it’s important to know what you should expect. This procedure can be used just about anywhere on the body. While most people choose to get the treatment on their face, the most visible part of their body, others have used it on their chest, limbs, torso and neck. When you arrive for your treatment, we first prepare a 12 point sterile cartridge for use during the procedure. We then use a topical gel and set the appropriate settings for you. The procedure is completed by pressing the pen against your skin and gliding it over the treatment area.
Overall, micro-needling is a comfortable experience, despite what most people think when they hear it involves needles. Most people compare it to sandpaper rubbed lightly over the skin. However, keep in mind some areas may be more sensitive. However, the speed at which the tip moves typically eliminates any discomfort and the gel makes the process go more smoothly.
Most individuals will notice a glow to their skin immediately after the treatment. However, it can take a few days for the increased collagen and elastin to truly take effect. You will notice your skin looks better with each passing day. These results can last for up to six months. Your skin may be red after the procedure, but this should fade quickly. Most patients heal within 24 hours, but each person is different.
It’s important to properly take care of your skin after your micro-needling procedure. Use gentle products for the first 48 hours. Be sure to pat your skin dry, rather than rub. Don’t use any makeup or unapproved creams or ointments for the first 24 hours and stay out of the sun. You can begin using sunscreen after 24 hours and resume all strenuous activities at this time.
This treatment can be dramatically enhanced with the addition of PRP or Growth Factor to the treatment.