WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
MICRONEEDLING is a cosmetic treatment that can be used to blend scars, improve rough and uneven skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve elasticity. It is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. By creating controlled injuries in the upper layers of the skin, microneedling stimulates the body to produce new collagen and elastin in the area that is being treated. The result is smoother, firmer, younger looking skin.
A topical anesthetic is applied and a pen-like device with micro needles is used to create tiny channels for the new collagen and elastin to improve the skin’s condition.
This repairing process will take about one month for superficial results and the skin will continue to remodel for up to five months. For deeper lines, wrinkles or scars, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve desired results.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
There are two types of needling treatments
- Collagen stimulation is a noninvasive treatment that uses microneedles which are brushed over the skin’s surface penetrating the upper layers of the skin to stimulate your body to produce collagen and elastin. Your skin will appear red and or blotchy immediately after the treatment. There may be minimal swelling. These reactions usually subside within the first day. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience a few days of this reaction. Clean, new mineral based makeup may be applied after the first day.
- Scar and or wrinkle reduction requires a smaller group of microneedles that target the specific area, bringing blood to the surface to produce new, healthy skin. The area being treated will be very red and more visible for a few days after treatment. This produces a more dramatic result. The area must be kept clean and moist to avoid infection.
DOES IT HURT?
A topical anesthetic is applied before and during the treatment to ensure your comfort. Most people describe the sensation as the feeling of an exfoliating cleanser or buffer on the skin in the case of the collagen stimulation treatment. Some areas as in wrinkles will be felt more but the sensation lasts only a matter of seconds in that area.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Treatments range from $150 to $1000 depending on your desired level of outcome. Each treatment is customized to fit your needs and discounts are available for multiple areas or appointments. Compared to other treatments such as cosmetic surgery or lasers, the cost is very affordable.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Your skin will continue to improve for up to 5 months after each treatment and the results on scars etc. can be permanent, however, your skin will continue to age and environmental factors such as sun damage will always be a factor. A good skin care regimen and other preventative measures will ensure that your skin stays as healthy as possible. For some people, one treatment will be enough. For maximum results, 3 or more treatments may be recommended.