Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses very fine and fast needles to cause controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact. There are 3 phases to the wound-repair process:
SkinPen is the first microneedling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars.
Microneedling stimulates production of new collagen allowing your skin to look and feel smoother, plumper, and more luminous. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles caused by loss of elastin and collagen and prevents signs of aging, and diminishes the appearance of stretch marks and acne and surgical scars. Furthermore, microneedling reduces large pores and uneven skin tone. Typically, the results will become visible after approximately 48 to 72 hours, but maximally around six weeks. When combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma), the results are even more dramatic as this combination is synergistic in the repair of skin as well as new collagen production.
Your health care provider will decide on the number of treatment needed based on your skin condition as well as your desired end point. Most patients will require multiple sessions to achieve the best results. Combination of microneedling with PRP will achieve your desired results faster with less treatments.
There is very few side effects from microneedling. After the procedure, your skin will appear pink or mildly red immediately post-procedure, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn. Additionally, the most common treatment responses experienced were dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness and burning. These conditions resolve over time without any further complications. There is a small chance of bruising, swelling, and rarely, pustule formation. Very rarely, infection, scarring or changes in pigmentation of your skin may occur. If you have a history of oral herpes or cold sores, please inform your health care provider prior to your treatment. An antiviral therapy may be needed to minimize any herpetic outbreak.
Adding PRP with microneedling appear to aid in the healing process and many patients who combine PRP with their microneedling have noticed faster recovery.
Downtime is usually 5-7 days with mild dryness, rough skin, redness, itching and peeling. We recommend keeping your skin well hydrated, applying sun screen religiously as well as staying away from direct sun exposure, and refrain from scratching or picking off any eschar from the treated areas.
It is an overall comfortable procedure. In our office, we always recommend applying a topical numbing agent to the treatment area. The treatment is approximately 30 minutes and most patients report feeling only the slight vibration of the microneedles during the procedure. Our office also offers the NitroNox system (i.e. laughing gas) to help take the edge off any cosmetic procedures upon patient’s request. After the treatment, the skin may feel itching and irritated and minimally painful. Our office will provide Skinfuse LIFT, a clean, non-cytotoxic hydrogel used to prevent the skin from drying out post-procedure. Most patients will not require any pain medication but if you need to, any over the counter pain medication will be suitable.