Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, involves using super-fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. These wounds are called micro-injuries, and the micro-injuries that are created with microneedling stimulate the body’s innate wound-healing processes.
What is treatment like with microneedling?
The microneedling pen uses sterile, individually-sealed, disposable needle cartridges for optimal patient safety and comfort. Every microneedle tip is actually made up of 12 smaller needles, which use proprietary technology to penetrate vertically into the skin. This creates small, micro-skin channels, while stimulating the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and increasing the production of new collagen — which is the formation of strong, insoluble fibers that serve as connective tissue between cells.
These micro-skin channels carry up to 80% more topical nutrients applied to the skin during the treatment, allowing for deep penetration into the dermal fibroblasts, feeding the cells found in the dermis and basal layers. This increases the absorption of active ingredients into the skin such as platelet-rich plasma , stimulating repair at a cellular level and accelerating the regeneration of the skin’s epidermal cells.
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Am I a good candidate?
Because microneedling is minimally invasive, doesn’t cause significant wounding of skin, and isn’t light-based, most people can safely undergo micro needling therapy with minimal risk of long-term adverse effects. Typically, important factors such as age or skin color don’t matter. Even areas of the body where skin is typically thin can undergo treatment with some micro needling devices, such as Dermapen, where depth of penetration is consistent and easily regulated.
What can I expect before and after treatment?
It is important to discontinue use of Retin A, Retinols, Vitamin A creams and other topic medications for 3-5 days before your micro needling treatment.
During the skin’s healing process, your body produces fresh collagen to replace the damaged collagen, which rejuvenates your skin by increasing your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. This may result in an overall improvement in the texture and tightness of your skin by “filling in the lines,” and removing the wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.
Are there any risks?
The risk involved in microneedling treatments is typically minimal. After a treatment, dry skin or red discoloration may occur, which will typically subside within a week.
I’m Interested! What’s My Next Step?
Our San Jose and San Francisco aesthetic professionals look forward to working with you. Request your consultation to learn more about Microneedling and other skincare options.