What is Microneedling?
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally-invasive procedure for facial rejuvenation that involves the use of a special microneedling device to create hundreds of tiny, invisible, and controlled puncture wounds on the top layer of the skin.
As each tiny needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound. The controlled injury triggers the body to fill these micro-wounds by producing new collagen, elastin and… new capillaries! This leads to a reduction of scars and skin rejuvenation, with improved skin texture, firmness and hydration.
Typical Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling is easy! It takes a few minutes up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem.
Your Skin Pharm NP will first cleanse your face, apply a topical numbing cream on the treatment area, remove the cream and prep the skin with alcohol. This ensures that you are comfortable and squeaky clean. Next, we apply our serum of choice and begin the treatment. The skin is punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration. Our serums are packed with effective ingredients and the depth of needling can be anywhere from 0.1 to 2.5 mm in depth. That’s deep!
Treatment for acne scarring and melasma is recommended every 2-4 weeks. Treatment for age management is recommended every 4-6 weeks. The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition, but three to four treatments are typically needed for moderate acne scars.
Recovery and Results
Skin needling tends to be a comfortable procedure with low risk and short recovery. Most patients see results after their first treatment. Rejuvenation of skin may be seen as soon as 1-2 weeks after your first treatment. Depending on the depth of penetration of the needles, you may see dryness, scaling, redness and swelling after treatment. This is perfectly normal and usually only lasts for 24-48 hours.
To ensure proper recovery, make sure to clean your face with a gentle cleanser before bed. We love our Gentle Soothing Cleanser. At Skin Pharm we provide a post procedure kit for further care. Sun protection for several weeks is recommended.