Micro-Needling Quick Facts
What is automated Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and the improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and tightening. During this procedure, a micro-needling pen is used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles. The pen also creates micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin.
What are the benefits?
Reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, improved skin (texture, tone and tightening) and softer, younger looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Micro-Needling can improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
What areas of the body can I treat?
Micro-Needling can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté (chest area), arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.
How is the procedure done?
Your skin-care professional will apply a topical anesthetic to your skin and select the appropriate pen position based on your unique needs. Next, a hyaluronic acid serum is used in conjunction with the pen, which will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the pen position used and the number of overlapping passes your skin-care professional performs. On average, patients experience redness for 2-4 days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. Generally the inflammatory reaction of the skin is overall usually short and fades significantly after a couple of days on average, depending on the skin color of the individual. Occasionally the patient might have peeling if a more aggressive treatment is performed. Patients with a more sensitive skin type or older patients may take upwards of one week to fully recover. Utilizing post treatment will aid the healing process.
When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-8 weeks apart. For patients with more signify cant skin-care concerns, such as acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.