What is microneedling?
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling may also be combined with a topical treatment, like PRP (platelet rich plasma) or another vitamin-rich serum.
How is this done at CFPS?
We utilize an electronic device called the Mesopen which allows for customized treatments through adjustable needle length for the best possible results. We also recommend the use of PRP Therapy with your treatment. PRP therapy involves the application of your own platelets to the area treated to maximize healing and collagen growth using your own growth factors. The PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood and processing it to concentrate the platelets which are rich in growth factors.
What is the difference between medical and cosmetic microneedling?
The main differences are who performs the treatment and the depth that the needle penetrates the skin.
Cosmetic microneedling can be done at home or with an esthetician and is typically done with a manual roller that creates small superficial channels into the uppermost parts of the skin’s epidermis (your skin’s outer layer). This is a great treatment for maintenance and may help with fine lines, tone, and texture.
Medical microneedling must be done with a physician or nurse practitioner, or a nurse being supervised directly by a doctor! A motorized pen-shaped device is used to create small superficial channels into the dermis (your skin’s deeper layers) and triggers your body’s natural healing response to start producing collagen and elastin, which makes it possible to treat fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, and other scarring.
What is the recovery time?
You can expect mild to moderate redness, minimal swelling and bruising for the first few days. Your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual and that will also subside after the first few days. Do NOT apply makeup or sunscreen for at least 24 hours after treatment. Also, avoid sun exposure, vigorous exercise, and potentially skin irritating products (retinoids, glycolic acids, etc.) for the first 3 days after treatment.
How often should microneedling be done?
Generally, best results are achieved with 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart (8-10 weeks apart for scars).
How should I prepare for my microneedling appointment?
- Avoid retinols and sun exposure 48 hours prior
- Do not schedule if you have used Accutane (isotretinoin) in the past 6 months, have an active skin infection, or have had radiation in the past year to the area to be treated
- If you get cold sores/fever blisters, call the office to get a prescription for Valtrex to take before your treatment to minimize the chance of cold sores which can affect your results and cause unwanted effects.
A variety of excellent post-treatment care items are available — be sure to ask your provider which would be best for you!