What is Microneedling
Microneedling has evolved into one of the most effective and promising procedures to help reduce the appearance of scar tissue and aid in overall skin rejuvenation. Using tiny needles to make micro-injuries without significant damages in the epidermis and dermis, microneedling induces tissue remodeling such as thickening of the epidermis and dermis and inducing extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins like collagen and elastin through a natural wound healing process. All this occurs with minimal inflammation, which results in the eventual remodeling of the skin in a non-fibrotic (non-scar tissue) fashion without adverse events such as post-inflammatory pigmentation issues that are common with energy or chemical based devices used for skin rejuvenation.
There are three phases to the wound repair process:
The cost of Microneedling is $200 per treatment or a package of 3 for $500.
Packages are recommended for those seeking significant improvement in acne scarring or wrinkles.
The SkinPen is the only FDA approved microneedling device. It is very different from other devices including dermal rollers because it is far more maneuverable, making it possible to treat virtually any area on the body, and needle cartridges are disposable, to ensure sanitation. Needle length is adjustable, so procedures can be custom-tailored to each patient’s needs. Other devices that are used in at-home and day spa treatments can still call themselves microneedling, but SkinPen® is a medical device. This level of microneedling requires a well-trained and experienced clinician, as well as a sterile environment, to assure patient safety and achieve the best possible results.
Steps of a Microneedling Appointment
You will leave feeling relaxed. Your skin will be red (like a sunburn) for around 24 hours. You will want to avoid sun exposure during this time.
Q & A
Does It Hurt?
No. Before beginning, clinicians cleanse and then may apply a numbing agent to the procedure area to relieve any potential discomfort.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Virtually any adult is a good candidate for this procedure. While many other treatments are not recommended for people with certain skin types, microneedling is safe and effective for all skin colors and types because it does not damage the epidermis.
What’s The Difference Between A Dermaroller And A SkinPen?
A dermaroller is a small tube or ball-like device impregnated with tiny, surgical steel needles and fitted with a handle. The most advanced microneedling technology uses a SkinPen®, which is entirely different. It is far more maneuverable, making it possible to treat virtually any area on the body, and needle cartridges are disposable, to ensure sanitation. Needle length is adjustable, so procedures can be custom-tailored to each patient’s needs.
How Long Does It Take?
A SkinPen® microneedling session takes just 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of skin condition and the size of the procedure area. Multiple sessions may be recommended, about 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different, as well as their desired results.
What About Downtime?
Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen® device is used.
Who Can Perform Microneedling?
Dermarollers are still in use for at-home and day spa treatments, but SkinPen® is a medical device. This level of microneedling requires a well-trained and experienced clinician, as well as a sterile environment, to assure patient safety and achieve the best possible results.
Can’t I just use an at-home device?
At-home devices are not able to adjust to the changing depths and textures of your face. This limits results significantly. Also, home devices are not usually sterilized, increase your chance of a major complication.