WHAT IS MICRO-NEEDLING?
Micro-needling is an AMAZING treatment that has little downtime (approximately 24 hours), little side effects that include mild erythema and possibly a little swelling, but deliver powerful results.
There is very little discomfort because topical lidocaine anesthetic cream is used for patients’ comfort. Please be advised that multiple treatments will be necessary – typically at least 3, and then every 6 months to a year to maintain. Most patients that have acne scarring may require more treatments; however the number sessions depends on the patients skin condition; typically three or four treatments are recommended. Typically most patients are scheduled to return every 4 to 6 weeks for treatments.
Micro-needling is generally a safe, chemical free procedure that triggers new collagen production utilizing the micro channels produced by micro-needling. It can also be performed on all skin colors and types, it can be the preferred treatment over our laser skin tightening treatment as there is no risk of burning. Skin micro-needling can treat sensitive and fragile areas that are difficult to treat with other procedures. These areas include the eyes, the neck, and the back of the hands.
Here at Renu, we use the Eclipse Micropen which has an adjustable needle depth to customize the treatment. It is a medical device used in micro-needling to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. There are 3 different mediums that we use with micro-needling:
- HYALURONIC ACID (HA)
- GROWTH FACTORS
- PLASMA RICH PLATELETS (PRP)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED OR IMPROVED WITH MEDICAL MICRO-NEEDLING?
- Acne Scars
- Hair loss
- Cellulite treatment
- Loose, lax skin;
- Skin texture and pore size
- Stretch marks
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
A small handheld pen called the eclipse micropen has a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin ever so slightly.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Most people will experience redness and mild swelling in a similar way as mild sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later.
WHAT IS THE DOWN TIME AFTER MEDICAL MICRO-NEEDLING TREATMENT?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after procedure.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDICAL MICRO-NEEDLING?
- Dramatically increases the effectiveness and penetration of active ingredients in topical preparation
- Stimulates circulation and collagen production
- Medical grade titanium needles makes it non-allergenic to human tissue
- Cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures
- Can be performed on all skin types, including ethnic skin
- It can be used on all areas of the scalp, face, body including fragile skin like around eyes, mouth and neck
WHAT EFFECTS DOES THE MEDICAL MICRO-NEEDLING HAVE ON THE SKIN?
- improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- acne scars
- pore size reduction
- improves the appearance of stretch marks
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED AND HOW OFTEN CAN MEDICAL MICRO MICRO-NEEDLING PROCEDURES BE REPEATED?
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. We recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. Micro needling can be used on all parts of the skin!! Loose belly, post baby-belly aging neck, thigh stretch marks and cellulite, aging décolletage. Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment!!
PATIENTS THAT ARE NOT CANDIDATES FOR MICRO-NEEDLING:
- May be pregnant or nursing
- Using Accutane or within the last 3 months
- Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated
- Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year
- Have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing
- Collagen problems- or any diagnosis with collagen concerns
HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?
We offer free consultations, offer discounts, packages and care credit. This is assessed on a complimentary consultation.
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID (HA)?
Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar that binds to and absorbs water, we utilize this with our microneedling system and it gives a fullness and plumpness to the skin. As water is absorbed by the acid, volume is created, acting in the same manner as how a sponge soaks up water and the results are FABULOUS! You are left with a beautiful youthful glow!