What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is a minimally-invasive procedure that improves skin tone and quality. An aesthetic professional uses a small probe to deliver a precise series of pulses to the affected area. This triggers a release of natural growth factors, and creates new collagen and elastin. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Micro-needling treats acne scarring, scattered pigmentation, aging lines, stretch marks, and poor skin texture. It is safe for all skin types and ethnicities.
About The Procedure
The procedure is very straightforward in experienced hands. The skin is cleansed and a numbing ointment is applied. After waiting several minutes, the ointment is removed and a small probe containing 36 fine points is passed over the skin with the use of a lubricating “glide.” We prefer a hyaluronic acid glide, which plumps and hydrates the skin as the procedure progresses. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin collagen, but it decreases and thins with age. Micro-needling creates small channels in the skin and may increase absorption of this important collagen component. Most people feel nothing during the procedure except vibrations from the device!
What Can I Expect After The Procedure?
Immediately afterward, treated skin usually appears pink or red like a mild sunburn. This effect may last 24-48 hours, depending on the depth of treatment. Pinpoint bleeding or bruising are possible, and both are alleviated with the aftercare products we provide. Your skin may feel tight — this is normal and expected, and it indicates the skin’s elastic properties. We will ask you to continue the use of hyaluronic acid in conjunction with our recommended moisturizers and sun protection. Within one day, mineral makeup can be safely applied. Several days after treatment, your skin will seem very dry, and a good moisturizer will reduce flaking.
Results are typically seen within a week after treatment and they will continue to improve over two to three months. Micro-needling can be safely repeated every four to six weeks until the desired effect is obtained. Three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are often needed to observe maximal collagen induction. Three to six treatments are recommended for scar reduction. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the problem and each patient’s unique response.
Please call our office at 614-442-7610 to schedule an appointment for micro-needling. You will see why many of our patients rave about the dramatic improvements they’ve witnessed in the quality of their skin!