Stimulate collagen production with Microneedling
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation procedure in which tiny needles create micro-punctures in the top layer of skin, with the goal of improving overall texture and appearance by harnessing the skin’s own repair process. Microneedling can be combined with various topicals such as hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants, or a patient’s own plasma (see PRP below). Topicals can be applied on the skin, and these micro-channels allow products to penetrate much deeper into the skin than they normally would without microneedling.
How does microneedling work?
When the skin is wounded, it has an incredible capacity to repair itself. The natural process of wound repair involves local liberation of growth factors, formation of new healthy collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that provides support and cushioning in the skin. When a wound is repaired, and new collagen is encouraged to grow the term “collagen induction therapy” starts to make sense. This is the scientific concept behind the treatment now known as microneedling.
What are the benefits of microneedling?
Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Diminish the appearance of acne scars
Improve skin quality and skin texture
Decrease pore size
Improve overall skin appearance and texture
What conditions does microneedling target?
Fine lines and wrinkles
Skin texture irregularities
Microneedling at home vs in medical spa?
Home microneedling devices do not achieve deep penetration (typically 0.5 mm) that is possible with a proper microneedling device. SkinPen® can achieve up to 3mm needle penetration.
What is microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling can also be combined with adding topical serums on the skin. A popular combination uses a portion of your own blood, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP). A PRP facial also goes by various other trademarked names. The procedure involves drawing blood from your arm, and spinning it on a centrifuge, creating three separating “layers” of serum: platelet poor plasma, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and red blood cells. PRP is very rich in growth factors, which is then infused into your skin via microneedling. A needle pen is run over your face while squirting the platelets into the mini injection holes. Since the platelets are high in growth hormone, and the microneedling stimulates the skin to regenerate, the entire procedure is meant to aid cell turnover. The results are meant to mimic a facelift, but with zero downtime.
Microneedling at Face Forward Medical Aesthetics
FFMA was founded on a number of core principles, one of the most important being that we would only use the “best in class” tools for each treatment. Multiple devices are available for microneedling, but only SkinPen® by Bellus medical is FDA-cleared. This is why we chose their microneedling device as best-in-class.
What should I expect during treatment? After treatment?
The skin needs to be thoroughly cleansed of makeup and bacteria, to ensure that no infection occurs after microneedling. A topical numbing agent is applied to the skin for about 20 minutes before the procedure. Immediately after the procedure, pinpoint bleeding is sometimes seen. Redness or pinkness is common on the first day. Roughness and small red marks may be visible the next day. Downtime is about 48 hours. Optimal results are achieved with a series of three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
What are the side effects of microneedling?
If done properly, side effects are extremely rare. It’s normal for the skin to feel tight, warm, and itchy for several days. Redness is common and subsides rapidly.