What is Microneedling?
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a skin treatment using a device to create many very small channels in the skin. The device has very small needles and is programmed to go to a precise depth. Several passes are made over the treatment area. Oftentimes, topical therapies are combined with the procedure for added benefit.
What is Microneedling used for?
There are numerous uses for collagen induction therapy:
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Skin Tightening
- Reduction of Fine Lines / Wrinkles
- Deeper Absorption of Topicals (including growth factors)
- Acne / Traumatic Scar Reduction
- Post-Surgical Scar Reduction
- Stretch Mark Reduction
- Stimulation of Hair Growth
How does it work?
The technique of automatic medical microneedling has been shown to trigger the remolding of skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the epidermis to increase the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade (hemostasis, inflammation, fibroblast proliferation, and tissue remodeling). The microneedling triggers the release of growth factors that promote healing and the deposition of new collagen. The net result is softening wrinkles and scars, and younger/tighter skin.
What can I expect?
Treatments are very well tolerated, and there is minimal discomfort. The procedure will take around 30 minutes, but differs depending on size of areas treated. Afterwards there will be redness to the skin that can resemble a mild sunburn. There will be a mild amount of swelling, which can last into the second day, but usually resolves within 48 hours. The skin will have an immediate glow. It will be important to clean skin regularly and stay on your prescribed post-treatment skin regimen. Makeup can be used the following day. It is recommended to stay off any anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) as these may attenuate the desired inflammatory process.
How often can it be done?
Treatments are generally spaced 1 month apart allowing the healing process to progress sufficiently before starting over. The number of treatments needed to see results varies from patient to patient, but many notice improvement after just one treatment.
How much does Microneedling cost?
- Microneedling $350
- Microneedling (series of 3) $800
- Microneedling with growth factors $500
- Microneedling with growth factors (series of 3) $1,300