What is microneedling?
Microneedling is an excellent option for patients of all skin types. This treatment works by creating micro injuries to the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and dermis (the inner layer of skin). As a result, the procedure encourages the body’s innate ability to repair itself. To emphasize, microneedling stimulates new collagen growth. In addition, it helps correct and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Further, it improves scars from acne or other injuries. Moreover, it improves skin texture and reduces stretch marks.
Microneedling with Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
- in-office procedure
- safe for all skin types
- minimal downtime
- specific areas can be treated
- there is no risk of photosensitivity
- minimal to no risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation
When is microneedling effective?
For patients with great skin, microneedling provides that radiant glow. Multiple treatments may be recommended for patients with:
- acne scars
- large pores
- brown spots
- fine lines
- deep wrinkles
Microneedling stimulates collagen using our bodies’ physiological wound healing response. This process works in four phases:
- One: 1-3 days after the treatment the skin experiences inflammation. This stimulates new fibroblasts to develop new collagen.
- Two: 3-5 days after the treatment new fibroblasts grow and multiply. This generates new collagen and tissue.
- Three: 5-20 days after the treatment growth factors are released and fibroblasts release collagen.
- Four: 28 days to 2 years after treatment the maturation stage of new, healthy skin takes place. Tissue continues to improve and the patient notices an improvement in skin tone and quality.
Frequently asked questions
Microneedling creates microscopic openings and invisible puncture holes in the top layer of the skin. As a result, this causes the tissue to develop new collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, firmer skin. The treatment is completely non-surgical and requires little downtime.
Microneedling addresses wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, mild inelasticity, acne scars, large pores, rough skin, and dull skin.
The treatment starts with the use of a topical numbing agent. Numbing your skin ensures the treatment is as comfortable as possible. Next, the technician, using a microneedling device containing a circular arrangement of tiny needles, passes the device across the skin creating tiny openings in the epidermis. These minuscule punctures prompt a healing response in the skin without damaging tissue. After finishing, your technician will apply a soothing gel. It cools your skin and prevents it from drying out post-treatment.
Microneedling can treat the face, neck, décolleté, abdomen, arms, hands, and legs.
Microneedling benefits can include:
- Stimulates collagen production
- Treats fine lines
- Improves skin texture
- Reduces the appearance of large pores
- Enhances the effects of topical skin care products
- Stimulates circulation
- Improves overall health of skin
Healing time is about 24-72 hours after the treatment. It is normal to experience redness, peeling, dryness, swelling and bumps.