Rejuvenate your skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines while drastically improving tone and texture. Microneedling is a technique that is used to exfoliate the skin and increase the production of collagen. This is ideal in treating conditions such as fine lines, acne scarring, and mild hyper-pigmentation.
- Corrects uneven skin tone and improve texture.
- Stimulates natural production of collagen.
- Improves skin elasticity.
- Reduction in pore size.
- Improves certain types of acne.
- Improves scars caused by acne.
- Reduces fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth.
What is Micro-needling?
It is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation that treats scar tissue, lax skin, wrinkles, and large pores by increasing collagen production. It involves the use of a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury. It sounds scary — and it does involve needles piercing the skin — but the needles are very fine and short, and most clients report only mild discomfort. And the advantages of the procedure greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
How Does Micro-needling work?
Micro-needling works by making controlled micro-injuries in your skin, which your body will then heal by producing collagen. More collagen means smoother, younger-looking skin. A high-speed digital machine (150 to 230 punctures per second) places thin needles in the lower and higher dermis skin layer, breaking the already formed old collagen chain. The brain receives messages to repair the trauma to the existing collagen chain. The effect is an immediate response of the dermis. The skin starts to immediately produce and generate new collagen and form new bonds. The exterior effect of Needling is that your own collagen is forming and pushing the skin up, which will smooth and reduce the appearance of scars and plump up the wrinkles and erase fine line.
In addition, new capillaries are formed. This revascularization treatment rejuvenates the skin by improving its texture and firmness. Needling will relax and smooth out scars, wrinkles and help to tone skin discoloration (hypo- and hyperpigmentation). Needling has also shown to be promising in the reduction of stretch marks. Micro-needling is also called skin needling, wrinkle needling. collagen induction therapy, intradermabrasion needle abrasion, needle-dermabrasion, Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), or Multitrepannic Collagen Actuation (MCA).
Professional skin needling is considered to be the most natural and one of the safest and most effective skin treatments available. Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments, skin needling causes minimal damage to the dermis with little or no down time.
Benefits of skin needling
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces scars caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns
- Fades stretch marks
- Tightens sagging skin.
- Reduces risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring therefore safe on ethnic or dark skin.
- Suitable for thin and sensitive skin
- The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by patients.
- It is cost-effective and can be done on areas of skin not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as near eyes.
- As opposed to ablative laser resurfacing, the epidermis remains intact and is not damaged. For this reason, the procedure can be safely repeated as needed.
- Treatment does not result in a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin, as usually occurs with other resurfacing procedures. This allows for specific areas of scarring to be treated without the need to “blend” or “feather” at the treatment edges.
- The client can resume regular activities within a few days, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles. Treatment options like laser resurfacing or dermabrasion require downtime from daily routines during the post-treatment period.
What is the skin needling procedure like?
The procedure is well tolerated by most people. It can take a few minute or up to an hour to complete, depending on the area to be treated and the severity of the problem. Often, it takes longer to numb the skin than to perform the procedure!
- On the day of the procedure, no lotions, makeup or other topical products are applied on the area to be treated. Just show up baby faced! Upon arrival, the technician applies a topical numbing cream on the treatment area and covers it with plastic for about twenty minutes.
- The technician chooses the tool and needle configuration to be used. The skin is cleansed and then punctured in a specific pattern using a skin needling device. Sometimes this is an electronic pen-style device with a single needle which is used on very fine wrinkles or “crow’s feet” near the eyes. Sometimes the device of choice is a larger hand held roller which might be used on stretch marks covering the entire stomach or thigh area, for example. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel or micro-wound stimulating skin cell regeneration.
- Depending on the condition treated, it may take 5-60 minutes to complete the procedure.
- A minimum of six weeks is recommended between treatments if more than one treatment is necessary as it takes that long for new natural collagen to form.
How soon can I expect results?
Most people see and feel results immediately after the needling procedure. After about a week the process of collagen formation slows down, but strongly speeds up from 4 to 8 weeks when you can really see the difference and the results. Needling has similar effects as laser treatment, but often works faster, is much less expensive, and doesn’t permanently damage the epidermis to get the desired effect. There are some differences between scar and wrinkle healing after the procedure. It also depends on an individual’s skin healing abilities. The individual’s age and immune system can also support or slow down the healing process. After the Needling procedure, wrinkle lines may not disappear completely but will be more shallow and smoother.
How long does the effect last?
Each case is different, and so is everybody’s skin regeneration capabilities. After needling, your results will depend on your regeneration process but also on your genetics, and how much and how often you wrinkle your skin with expressions (forehead, an area around your eyes). The habits of facial expressions vary in every person. There is also a huge impact on how you treat your skin on a daily basis. Sunscreen, Vitamins A, E, and C will definitely help your skin appearance in all cases! In general, after needling, for scars they will get smoother, softer, and be reduced for the rest of your life. It not only depends on your skin type and your habits of facial expressions but also on muscle structure. In general, the effect from needling will last somewhere between 3 to 8 years.
Is Skin Needling Natural and Safe?
Skin Needling is 100% Natural! There is nothing injected into the skin. Allergic reaction and side effects rarely exist other than those that are part of the natural healing process. Needles are working in the dermis layer of the skin and bring an immediate reaction from the brain to the skin. Your body produces more collagen to plump the wrinkles and to smooth and reduce existing scars. The equipment, techniques, and hygiene standards used for the needling treatment are similar to those used to do permanent makeup or tattooing.
- Skin needling is well tolerated by most clients but dryness, scaling, redness, and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for several days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles.
- The face usually looks and feels as if it has a sunburn for about three days. At about five to six days, there will be some mild peeling and flakiness which should resolve within the week. Makeup can be used during this time so there is very little down time post procedure.
- Sun protection for several weeks is recommended.
- As the microholes close quickly, wound infection is rare.
- Rejuvenation of skin may be seen as soon as 2 weeks and as long as 6-8 months after the procedure.
- Burn scars are slow to respond. It can take up to 6 months to 1 year to see the final results from a single treatment.
How many skin needling procedures does one need?
The number of needling procedures depends on the individual skin condition.
In the case of wrinkles associated with aging skin, two sessions are usually sufficient with one or two refresher skin needling treatments recommended every year thereafter. “Smoker’s Lips” are the exception. It may take up to four sessions with six weeks between sessions to see satisfactory results.
Three to four treatments may be needed for moderate acne scars. Scars from thermal burns and stretch marks may require up to five procedures.
How much does Skin Needling Cost?
The cost for this procedure varies by the number of areas to be treated and the number of treatments necessary to produce the desired results.
For treatment on the face, the cost is determined by zones with the upper lip and glabellas (11’s on the forehead between the nose) being the most popular treatment areas. For example, if a client wants both of these zones treated, the cost would be $100 per zone. If after six weeks, the healed results are satisfactory, no additional fees would be charged. If a second treatment is necessary which is the case about 50% of the time, half the original cost would apply. In the case of treating the upper lip and glabella, the second treatment for both areas would be $100. Larger areas like stretch marks or scars are usually charged by the hour. Your technician will be happy to provide a complimentary consultation so there are no surprises.
Combat veterans are not charged for scar-related treatments provided by this establishment.