Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is a treatment of fine lines, acne scars, traumatic scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. It improves the skin’s texture, tone, and color. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis, while smoothing wrinkles and scars. The treatment also creates micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing their effects in the deeper layers of the skin. Microneedling can be performed on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.
Patients notice an immediate “glow” and tightening to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues. We recommend that patients receive a series of 3-5 treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments 1-2 times per year thereafter are recommended to achieve optimal results.
Wrinkle reduction, texture and tone improvement, softer younger looking skin with fewer signs of aging, and improvement of scars. The new collagen production can help to reverse years of sun damage.
First a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. A sterile needle-tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the Dermapen™. A thin layer of topical gel is then applied to your skin and the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs is selected. Next, in a single motion the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding until the entire treatment area has been covered. The feeling associated with the Dermapen™ is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip makes the treatment comfortable.
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin and potentially some warmness to the area treated. The total healing time depends on the depth of treatment and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red for 1-2 days. For areas of the face that are treated, a light, non-comedogenic make-up may be applied 24 hours after the procedure. Patients are also asked to avoid the following activities for 48 hours following treatment:
• Direct exposure to sun
• Intensive cardio or exercise
• Excessively hot showers, bathing, spas and saunas
• Swimming in chlorinated pools or the ocean
• Spray or self-tanning
• Further clinical treatments