Medical Micro Needling Frequently Asked Questions
What is Medical Micro-Needling? For skin micro-needling, we use an electric skin needling device made especially for this purpose. The device is pen-shaped studded with 12 very fine needles. It is a medical device used in micro needling to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of Elastin and Collagen fibers as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply.
What conditions can be treated or improved with Medical Micro-Needling?
How does Medical Micro-Needling work? The device slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new Collagen and Elastin fibers. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.
What does the procedure involve? The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. For better results, we use collagen-stimulating products like Hyaluronic Acid, Growth Factor serum during the procedure. A small handheld pen-like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allows needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, a Growth Factor serum or Hyaluronic acid is used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
What will I look like after the treatment? Most people will similarly experience redness and mild swelling as mild sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later.
What is the downtime after Medical Micro-Needling treatment? The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish which may last for 12 to 48 hours. To reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc-based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup is recommended after the procedure.
What are the benefits of Medical Micro-Needling?
What effects does Medical Micro-Needling have on the skin?
Is Medical Micro-Needling painful? Before the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize the pain that is felt during the procedure.
Can Micro-Needling be performed on any Fitzpatrick scale? Medical Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colors. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
How many treatments do I need and how often can Medical Micro Micro-Needling procedures be repeated? Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction, we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.
Risks of post-op infections? Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are extremely unlikely.
What should I avoid on my skin after treatment? To ensure the right healing environment, for 2-3 days do not use AHA’s (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic, or “active” ingredients. Exposure to the sun should also be avoided or zinc-based sunblock should be used.
What are the side effects of the Medical Micro-Needling procedure? There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide.
Am I a candidate for the Medical Micro-Needling? Medical micro-needling can be safely performed on all skin types and all skin colors. As the epidermis and in particular, melanocytes in the basal area are left intact. There is minimal risk of pigment change or post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Skin micro-needling can treat sensitive and fragile areas that are difficult to treat with other procedures. These areas include the eyes, the neck, and the back of the hands.
However, it is not suitable for patients who:
How much does the treatment cost? This is assessed on a complimentary consultation. A treatment is mapped out for each client and the cost can be assessed at this time. This is based on a client’s unique requirements and the result that is desired. Medical Micro-Needling may be combined with other treatments as a package and the overall cost will be discussed during our complimentary consultation.