Microneedling – also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) – is a powerful facial rejuvenation treatment. Microneedling involves the use of a mechanized device that features a series of tiny needles that penetrate the top layers of the skin. The procedure is not painful because the needles are very short and only cause a mild “prickling” sensation as they superficially puncture the skin’s epidermis. These controlled “micro-injuries” rejuvenate by catalyzing the skin’s own natural healing response and rebuilding the skin by encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin – smoothing texture and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling also may also be used to create “micro-channels” for deeper absorption of topical skin care products, such as Vitamin C skin serum or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment.
Microneedling has several bene ts for facial skin of any age, it works to:
(NOTE: Microneedling is not recommended for those suffering from rosacea or overly sensitive or reactive skin.)
Because everyone has uniquely individual skin care challenges we will create a customized treatment plan specifically for you and your skin during your initial consultation. We will provide you with an estimate of how many treatments you will need along with recommendations for any topical treatments. Depending on your skin’s condition and desired results, you may need additional treatments and/or the use of supplemental treatments to boost the results of your microneedling treatment, these may include:
We take great care to diagnose your skin’s condition to ensure the best result for your microneedling treatment and to ensure that it is the right treatment for you. You will receive a recommended treatment plan along with detailed information about the procedure and product recommendations for post-procedure skin care at home.
The microneedling procedure is performed by Jennifer Fick, FNP-C, CANS, a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. You can read more about Jennifer here, or on her own website. Dr. Deschamps-Braly is on hand to consult in more complex cases if necessary.
A topical anesthetic is applied to your skin prior to micro needling treatment to reduce discomfort. We may also use a “dental block” to provide additional anesthesia to more sensitive areas of your face, such as the mouth. After treatment, you will feel a mild “sunburn” sensation that subsides over the next few hours. There is cosmetic downtime associated with this procedure, and the duration depends on the type of treatment and your skin’s own tolerance. Typically you will experience redness and mild swelling for 24-48 hours after the treatment, followed by some slight peeling. You may wear makeup again after 24 hours. You can usually return to work and social activities after a few days.
Because Micro Needling involves very short needles that penetrate only the very superficial layers of skin, recovery time is short. Your skin will be red for about 24 hours after the procedure, but this redness will quickly fade in a day or two, after which time, you will be able to wear makeup and resume your normal skincare routine. The procedure can be performed quite often, depending on your skin’s condition and innate ability to heal. Usually, you will notice some improvement after the first or second treatment. More significant results will occur after 2-3 treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Skin will continue to improve over the next 6 to 12 months after treatment with proper skin care regimen. Results will vary for everyone. We frequently combine topical retinoid therapy with micro needling to enhance treatment results. Repeat treatments of up to 3-5 treatments maybe necessary for those with deep acne scarring or hyperpigmentation conditions.
Microneedling works by stimulating collagen production. By creating micro-injuries below the skin’s surface, microneedling stimulates the body’s natural healing response, triggering the formation of new tissue layers of elastin, collagen, and capillaries. The skin becomes thicker and plumper, which reduces the appearance of texture including scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Microneedling may also be used to improve the delivery of topical treatments, including PRP. The micro-channels created in the skin allow topical treatments to more deeply penetrate the skin, making the treatment ultimately more effective.
We recommend scheduling filler or other injections, such as Botox® or Dysport® at least one week prior to your microneedling treatment, or one week after. However, we do often customize each patient’s treatment program to optimize results and reduce downtime.
Sometimes your previous microneedling treatment from an unskilled provider may not be satisfactory. Either the results were not significant enough to produce the level of skin rejuvenation improvement you were seeking, or, you may need to include a supplemental topical treatment to accelerate the rejuvenation process.