What is Microneedling?
Collagen Induction Therapy AKA Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that stimulates the skin's natural ability to repair/remodel itself, and regulate cell function.
Collagen Induction Therapy uses micro needles to create thousands of micro-channels in the superficial layers of the skin. In response to these micro-injuries, the body triggers the wound-healing process. During this process, the body produces normal woven collagen vs. scar collagen, resulting in thicker more youthful-appearing skin.
How many Microneedling treatments are recommended?
A series of 3-6 treatments is recommended. Possibly more if the patient has scaring, deep rhytids or excessive hyperpigmentation. 3-4 Touch ups a year are recommended to stimulate collagen.
What are the benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is all the rage in skin care and for good reason. The process involves rolling a wand or pen affixed with mini-needles to create tiny wounds. These wounds are miniscule and only skin-deep, but your body responds with alarm, sending in healing factors that boost skin strength, radiance, and health.
Microneedling makes your skin glow after just one treatment and continues to boost the appearance of your complexion for months afterward. The benefits of microneedling are many. Here are 10 of the most notable.
1. REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF LINES AND WRINKLES
No one wants to look older than they are. But premature aging that presents as fine lines and wrinkles does just that. The tiny injuries from a microneedling session boost collagen and elastin production to fight lines and wrinkles.
Collagen and elastin are compounds in your skin that add structure and strength, lending a youthful quality. The wound-healing mechanisms also stimulate your body to produce new skin cells, making fine lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles less apparent.
2. SCAR TREATMENT
Because microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production, it’s also super effective in addressing acne and other scars on your skin. The only type of scar not possible to treat is keloid, or raised, scars.
3. SUN DAMAGE
Microneedling is effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage, particularly hyperpigmentation and age spots. If you have a blotchy, brownish complexion, which is probably a result of too many days of sunning, microneedling and its ability to stimulate new collagen and skin cells can reinvigorate your look and even out your tone.
Aging doesn’t just show up as wrinkles and discoloration. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity, so it appears lax. Aging skin may also look dull and lack a lustrous glow. Microneedling can change this.
The buildup of collagen that occurs in response to the tiny wounds can improve skin structure to fight sagging. Plus, just 24 hours following a session, you experience a radiant, fresh glow.
5. SHRINKS PORES
Despite the fact that microneedling involves punching holes in your skin, it doesn’t increase the size of your pores. In fact, it helps your pores appear much smaller. When the collagen around your pores is stimulated, the area around each pore plumps, making the pore itself almost disappear.
6. IMPROVES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TOPICAL PRODUCTS
Post-microneedling is the prime time to apply anti-aging treatments, moisturizers, and other topical treatments that boost skin health and appearance. The micro-holes receive creams, serums, and gels more readily and deliver them deeper into your dermis than when applied regularly.
7. FIGHTS STRETCH MARKS
Microneedling works just about anywhere on your body. It can be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks that show up after periods of rapid growth, such as during pregnancy.
8. ROSACEA REDUCTION
The ruddiness and skin thickening of rosacea can be addressed with microneedling. If you suffer from this skin condition, you experience a hastened breakdown of collagen. Microneedling stimulates the growth of collagen to offset and replace this breakdown, so your skin looks less inflamed and irritated.
9. ACNE IMPROVEMENTS
Because of the improved delivery of topical applications, you can use microneedling to help improve the effectiveness of topical acne treatments. Regular microneedling applications at Signature Skin Care can help your skin clear up.
10. FEWER SIDE EFFECTS THAN LASER OR INTENSIVE PEELS
Microneedling’s effects are comparable to laser and chemical peel treatments but without the long downtime. You can enjoy a glowing complexion 24-72 hours after microneedling, but with laser resurfacing, your recovery may take three to 10 days. Your complexion needs 14-21 days to bounce back after a medium or intensive peel.
Microneedling post care instructions
Skin Appearance: Red/slightly swollen/itchy/dry. Feels windburn
Go home and rest
Use products recommended to you
No shower, sunscreen or heat producing activities (sauna exercise, excessive alcohol, etc.)
Keep skin clean (i.e. no pet kisses, dirty bed sheets, cleaning the house, etc.)
Skin Appearance: Less red/swollen/more itchy/dry
Avoid exercise, excessive alcohol, saunas and no sun exposure for the first 24 hours. Mineral mackup and SPF may be applied. No vitamin A, acids or anything irritating to the skin
Use products recommended to you
Skin Appearance: Itchy/dry. Normal
Avoid direct sun. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Return to normal home care routine as soon as it feels comfortable
Skin may flake or peel 4-7 days post treatment
Esthetician at Replenish Skin Spa is certified in Microneedling. Please visit our spa for microneedling services in Gilbert. We use premium quality products. Our results speak for themselves. Visit our photo gallery to see microneedling photos of our work.