Micro-needling treatment promotes induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism by creating micro-“injuries” in the skin. The body’s response to these small traumas is repair with new collagen and elastin. The sterile micro-needles create mini injuries, which is enough to prompt the deeper layer of skin to rebuild, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. As the skin repairs itself with renewed collagen, the result is smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. The procedure is done in the office and takes approximately 30 – 60 minutes.
The most common site for micro-needling is the face, but it can also be used on hands, arms, neck, abdomen, back and legs. The treatment is fully customizable based on each patient’s needs and area desired to treat.
Micro-needling can be used to treat wrinkles, scarring, acne, alopecia, pigment, stretch marks, rosacea and loose skin. In all treatments the body’s natural healing response is stimulated creating rejuvenated skin.
Additionally, platlet rich plasma can be used in conjunction with micro-needling. The controlled trauma from the needles help the growth factors from plasma to deposit deep within the skin.
Face Forward recommends that patients commit to at least 3 sessions of micro-needling, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. It will take 2-3 months after the final treatment to see results.
There is some redness and peeling after treatment. Patients should plan 3-4 days of redness, much like a sunburn on the area treated.
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Q: What exactly is microneedling?
A: It’s a pen with a disposable needle head that creates micro injury on the skin. It triggers the body to produce new healthy and collagen rich skin! It can be used alone or with platelet rich plasma (PRP) to further enhance collagen production and increase healing time.