Microneedling: Collagen Induction Therapy

microneedlingMicroneedling is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses medical grade, sterile, fine titanium needles to create microchannels in the skin. This stimulates the release of cellular growth factors responsible for new collagen and elastin production.  Fine lines become smoother and less noticeable. Acne scars are broken up and filled in with healthier collagen. In general, multiple treatments are needed for improvement. Treatments are performed approximately every 6 weeks. The number of microneedling sessions needed for improvement varies, depending on skin type, the body area, and the condition being treated. There is minimal down time and minimal discomfort associated with the procedure. A topical anesthetic cream may be applied 30-45 minutes prior to treatment. Redness may last anywhere from a half a day to a few days, depending on the depth of treatment. The depth at which a microneedling treatment is performed can be adjusted to target the appropriate skin layer requiring correction.

Skin Conditions that can be treated with Microneedling

Fine wrinkles – Fine wrinkling on the face, upper lip lines, and crinkling under the eyes can be improved with microneedling. It can help achieve a more smooth skin texture.

Enlarged pores - Microneedling can help diminish the appearance of enlarged pores by firming the skin surrounding the pores with new collagen production.

Stretch Marks – The appearance of stretch marks can be improved with multiple treatments. Older stretch marks (white lines) require more treatments.

Acne scarring – Microneedling can improve the appearance of depressed or sunken acne scars. The needling breaks up old scar tissue and stimulates formation of healthier collagen to fill in the scar. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill and lift acne scars. Using fillers with microneedling can be an effective treatment combination.

Topical treatments may be applied during the microneedling procedure to boost collagen synthesis and enhance results.