What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. It’s a procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury to rejuvenate skin. Microneedling may also be combined with a topical or injected treatment, like PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or another vitamin-rich serum. Microneedling can be performed with or without radiofrequency (RF) energy.
What Skin Concerns Can Microneedling Improve?
Standard Microneedling improves skin texture and firmness. It is often also used to improve the appearance of acne scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Thermal microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) can be used to also resurface and rejuvenate skin more profoundly, often comparable to laser procedures with less downtime.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling pens use tiny needles to pierce the skin at a controlled depth, stimulating the body’s natural regeneration responses.
Microneedling Treatment Areas
Microneedling can be used on any area including the face, neck, chest, abdomen, and buttocks.
A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. A series of 4 to 6 micro-needling treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart is recommended to achieve an optimal result.
Does Collagen Induction Therapy Hurt?
Standard microneedling requires an application of topical numbing cream and makes the procedure easy to tolerate. RF microneedling may require numbing cream or numbing injections depending on recommended treatment.
What Effects Does Microneedling With RF Have?
Microneedling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size, sun damage, stretch marks, and pigment issues.
Microneedling Recovery Process
Most patients have what appears to be a sunburn for the first 24-48 hours and then they can resume their normal activities. Social downtime varies from 7 to 10 days, depending on the parameters of the procedure tailored to your needs.
How Long Do The Results Of Microneedling Last?
Each treatment will lead to cumulative effects. Depending on what is being treated, you will see results over the course of your treatment and in the months after. There is no treatment, including surgery, that is “one and done.” All results have to be monitored. Maintenance requires ongoing skincare with cosmeceuticals and maintenance treatments. Results otherwise don’t last as long. With treatment(s) also come prevention and maintenance.
Side Effects Of Microneedling
After standard microneedling your face will be red. By the time you leave, it will look like a sunburn. Healing time is faster if you choose to have your treatment done with PRP (platelet-rich plasma). The redness will gradually subside over a week but may last longer for some people. After microneedling with RF you can expect tiny dots of pigment giving your skin a rough texture. This will lessen significantly between 7 to 14 days, depending on the energy used in your treatment.