What is Microneedling?
Microneedling works by creating “micro” injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s healing response resulting in the stimulation and creation of collagen. This type of treatment is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT creates controlled injuries underneath the skin’s surface. These injuries induce the body to respond through the formation of new tissue. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and other skin texture changes. In addition to inducing collagen, the channels made from the micro-needles allow topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively through the top layer of skin. Most cases need four-to-six treatments, each spaced at two to four week intervals. Results vary and multiple treatments, along with maintenance treatments, may be needed to achieve your desired outcome.
Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is great for treating fine lines, moderate wrinkles, moderate skin laxity, diminished or uneven texture and tone, depressed acne scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. Patients with keloid scarring, scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, fungal infections, are immunosuppressed, pregnant or nursing, have a history of severe eczema, psoriasis or other chronic skin condition should not pursue this treatment. All patients are required to have a consultation prior to the start of their treatment to determine if mirconeedling is the best option for their skincare concerns. Here at Dermatology Associates we offer complimentary consultations with our experienced cosmetic consultants in Norwood, Franklin and Foxboro.
What Device Do You Use and What Happens During the Procedure?
Dermatology Associates uses the Bellus Medical SkinPen® – an FDA-cleared microneedling device. On the day of your treatment you will be asked to arrive 30 minutes early for topical numbing cream. This will add a level of comfort to the treatment. Patients report the treatment to be quite tolerable with brief moments of mild discomfort. You should expect to be in the office for about an hour. During your procedure the SkinPen® will create micro “injuries” to the skin via a sterile single treatment microneedle cartridge which will trigger new collagen synthesis.
Is There Any Downtime?
After your SkinPen® microneedling treatment you can expect redness and possible pinpoint bleeding. Typically patients leave the office looking and feeling like they have a sunburn and report their skin feels tight. The following few days after treatment the redness of the skin typically subsides, but you may feel dry and itchy as the skin heals. You will leave the office with a skincare regimen and medical grade skincare products to use at home. Patients report their skin feels fully recovered four to five days after their treatment. It is important to avoid sweaty gym workouts/ exercise, hospital settings where you might be exposed to an infection, and dirty jobs (cleaning bathroom, etc.) for at least three days following your treatment or until you feel your skin is fully healed.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
We recommend a series of 4 treatments for facial rejuvenation and 6 treatments for acne scarring patients. Appointments should be scheduled 2 – 4 weeks apart. Number of treatments needed and number of maintenance treatments vary from patient to patient.
To find out if microneedling is a good option for your skin care concerns, please call our office today to set up a free consultation appointment.