Microneedling is a quick procedure that offers incredible benefits. Often referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves using a minimally invasive technique of small needles pricking the skin of the face and neck. This stimulates collagen to grow which promotes the regeneration of healthy, smooth, and firm skin after treatment. This procedure is fantastic for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving sun damage, treating large pores, minimizing the appearance of acne scars, and improving the overall texture and quality of the treated skin.
Microneedling is a process where the skin is rapidly pierced by tiny, sterile needles to stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover for skin clarity. This procedure helps decrease pore size, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the overall texture, tone, and quality of the skin.
At Meraki Aesthetics and Company, microneedling does not hurt. Our providers utilize medical grade numbing cream prior to the procedure to ensure your comfort. Some patients even report a tickling sensation in some areas around the nose, but often deny any pain or discomfort involved with the treatment.
Patients will experience the best results and the most dramatic changes by completing a series of microneedling sessions. 3-6 sessions are recommended for most patients depending on individual patients and their desired goals. While results may vary from person to person, most will experience a marked improvement in the tone and texture of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles will soften and improve dramatically, with scarring becoming significantly less noticeable. Skin will become noticeably tighter and smoother after just one treatment, with best results noted after 3-6 treatments.
At Meraki Aesthetics and Company, we use the most advanced technology on the market to deliver you the best results possible: The SkinPen. This handheld device utilizes sterile, disposable tips, each containing microneedles which can pierce the skin at varying depths for collagen induction. The needles go in and out of the skin like a piston, while the provider gently glides The SkinPen over the face, neck, or bodily treatment area to encourage both collagen and elastin production, leading to more radiant and youthful skin.
During the procedure, your provider will keep The SkinPen constantly moving across the skin. While this actual treatment itself takes approximately 15-30 minutes, plan to schedule an hour to be in the office. Frequently, the numbing part of the appointment takes around 30 minutes to ensure your comfort, so we plan to schedule 1 hour treatment sessions for microneedling procedures
It is recommended that patients schedule treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart. In order to achieve the best results, it is important that there is complete healing before having another session. Since the microneedling procedure begins to stimulate both collagen and elastin production, it is highly important to maintain the momentum with regular treatments. Maintaining a schedule of appointments yields the fastest and most dramatic results.
Microneedling treatment is highly effective at reducing both fine lines and wrinkles, reversing the signs of aging. This procedure will help tighten skin and improve texture, reduce the depth of acne scars, improve circulation, break up hyperpigmentation, and even improve stretch marks. Microneedling works best for patients who present with mild to moderate skin laxity and/or acne scarring, where it can vastly improve these areas of opportunity. While every skin type can benefit from microneedling treatments, patients who have a history of Keloid issues should refrain from the procedure.
Patients being treated with microneedling can expect minimal downtime, typically lasting 1-2 days on average. During this time, patients can expect slightly pink skin and minor sensitivity immediately after the treatment. Some patients may notice a “bronzed,” appearance for several days post treatment, with the bronzed outer layer of skin flaking off over several days, revealing new and radiant skin beneath. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercise for 2 weeks following microneedling treatments.