Micro-needling is an exciting new method to trigger your own body’s healing mechanism to increase collagen and elastin production.
Micro-needling is an aesthetic procedure that creates many micro-channels in the skin. This controlled micro-injury creates minimal damage to the epidermis resulting in limited downtime. After the micro-injuries are produced in the skin, a cascade of events occur:
- The inflammation process begins, which produces redness, mild swelling, and mild tenderness lasting for less than 24 hours.
- Followed by the repair process, where the body begins to repair itself through the release of glycoproteins, growth factors, and the proliferation of fibroblasts.
- Finally, the skin tissue begins to remodel with the increase of surrounding collagen resulting in increased tissue integrity and thickening of the epidermal layer.
Studies have shown that these micro-channels are completely healed in less than 24 hours.
About the Procedure
Your face will be cleansed and a topical numbing cream will be applied and left on the skin for 15 minutes. Your face will be cleansed and prepped for the procedure.
Next the aesthetician will slide the SkinPen across the face using a product to enhance the glide of the pen.
The Skin Pen is equipped with single-use small, sterile needles that oscillate up and down with the depth of penetration determined according to your needs. Our medical aesthetician will determine an appropriate number of passes to obtain the end point of pink-red skin. You will look like you have sunburn for the next 6 to 12 hours. You will be required to follow a skin regime that will be sent home with you.
Recovery and Typical Results
You can expect to experience mild irritation and redness that usually resolves within 24 hours. You need to avoid the use of Retina A for 3 days before the procedure and 10 days after.
No makeup or skin care products are used for the first 24 hours. Once you are 24 hours post procedure you may resume wearing makeup. You may experience mild flaking or peeling for a few days, revealing a smooth and even-toned texture that you will love. It is advised to have 3 treatments no sooner than one month apart.
Your skin will begin to show signs of improvement in as little as 72 hours and up to 2 weeks after the procedure, with continued improvement throughout the micro-needling series.