What is microneedling?
The concept of using needles therapeutically originated many centuries ago in China, however technologic advancements in recent years allowed for perfecting this procedure and inventing a fractional, oscillating, multiple needle device designed to create micro-channels of penetration in the skin. These minute zones of “injury” created by tiny needles stimulate collagen production as the skin heals. During this process, growth factors are released from the skin tissues, further enhancing the activity of collagen producing cells. This results in natural production of healthy, new collagen, clinically translating to smoother, thicker, younger looking skin!
Microneedling Before & After Photos
*Photos courtesy of Eclipse Aesthetics
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretchmarks, acne scars, and surgical scars. Very good results can be achieved over time for the upper and lower lip lines, crepiness in the lower eyelid area, décolletage, or inner arm. One can treat virtually any area including the loose skin on the abdomen or the thin skin on the hands or neck.
The micro-channels created in the skin by tiny needles also create a unique opportunity to enhance the treatment results by immediate application of antioxidants, vitamins, bioactive peptides, botanicals, or human stem cell growth factors. The treatment can be alternated with microdermabrasion or photorejuvenation (IPL) for optimal overall results.
Is Microneedling Safe? How Long is the Recovery?
The tiny micro-wounds created by microneedling heal quickly, due to the fractional nature of this technique which leaves skin intact in between the micro-perforations. There is virtually no risk of scarring or hyperpigmentation associated with this procedure and it can be safely performed on all skin types and body locations.
Depending on the indication, 3-8 treatments may be performed spaced every 4 weeks apart. Microneedling is associated with minimal discomfort and make-up can often be applied the following day.
How does microneedling compare to fractional laser therapy?
Fractional lasers generate heat-based (“controlled burning”) type of injury in the skin, which results in more inflammation, leading to higher risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation and scarring. Furthermore, in contrast to fractional laser surgery, microneedling can safely be performed on any body area.