Microneedling is a procedure that allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism by creating micro-injuries in the skin. This triggers new collagen synthesis. The result is smoother, firmer and younger-looking skin.
Microneedling is performed in a safe and precise manner with an instrument that uses a sterile disposable tip. The procedure is normally completed within 30-60 minutes, depending on the required treatment and anatomical area. Superficial microneedling may be offered in a medspa setting, however, our Board Certified Dermatologists perform this procedure at multiple depths, further targeting collagen remodeling to more successfully treat wrinkles and scarring.
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness, mild sensitivity to touch, mild warmth sensation and pin point bruising on the area being treated. This will resolve greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours. After three days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place except some dryness and possibly slight flaking.
Microneedling treatment is contraindicated for patients with: keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities, a hemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunction, active bacterial or fungal infection.
Micro-needling has not been evaluated in the following patient populations, as such, precautions should be taken when determining whether to treat: scars and stretch marks less than one year old; women who are pregnant or nursing; keloid scars; patients with actinic (solar) keratosis; patients with history recurrence of herpes simplex infections; diabetics or patients with wound-healing deficiencies; patients on immunosuppressive therapy; and skin with presence of warts or frequent infections.