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What is microneedling?
Collagen induction therapy (CIT), also known as microneedling, involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles. The purpose of the treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, and more even toned skin.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling works by encouraging the skin to produce more collagen. Tiny needle pricks from the procedure cause controlled injury to the skin and the small wounds, in turn, cause the body to create new collagen-rich tissue and elastin. Hyaluronic acid or platelet rich plasma (PRP) serums are applied topically during the procedure resulting in improved skin tone, texture, and more youthful appearance.
What does microneedling treat?
The purpose of microneedling is to generate new collagen, elastin, and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, and more toned skin. It also improves multiple types of skin conditions including: scarring related to acne and/or trauma, enlarged pores, reduced skin elasticity, fine lines/wrinkles, rosacea, and stretch marks.
4-6 sessions, 4-8 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 3-4 months.
Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment. Discontinue blood thinning products (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment. Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.
- Minimal downtime is expected for 1-3 days, which will include mild-moderate redness, swelling, and dry skin.
- Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
- Use a mild cleanser or moisturizer for 3-4 days, then may resume usual skin care routine
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can use microneedling?
Microneedling is not recommended if you’ve used Accutane within the past year. It is not available to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Microneedling is not recommended for those with a history of: psoriasis/eczema, keloid formation, or radiation therapy. Careful use with melasma and darker skin types.