Microneedling involves an advanced-technology pen device that creates tiny holes in the skin. This "controlled injury” process opens up your skin with microscopic punctures, which promotes collagen production that creates a youthful appearance. An application of a growth factor serum is added during and after the procedure.
The microneedling procedure lasts for approximately 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. The area is first numbed with a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The skin will appear abraded and raw for the first day then similar to a sunburn on the following 1-2 days. About 3-5 days after the procedure, the skin will appear smoother and tighter and the skin tone will be more even.
Though fillers are often effective for treating deep lines, many are concerned about the presence of fine lines that cannot be treated with fillers or Botox, particularly around the mouth. Microneedling is our favorite treatment for these fine lines as it is both safe and effective yet relatively inexpensive.
There are a number of treatment options for acne scars. However, microneedling is effective on unseemly hyperpigmenation in both fair and dark skin tones. There are dermarollers available for home use, but they cannot reach and repair the scar tissue. The needles of the microneedling pen penetrate through the scar tissue, break up melanocytes that cause hyperpigmentation, and promote re-healing.
Our pores get bigger as we age. Aging plays a part in pore size via two mechanisms. The first is that the loss of collagen around the pores makes them less constricted and more noticeable.
The second is that our skin thickens, causing an accumulation of cells around the edges of the pores which make them look larger. Microneedling targets both of these mechanisms by stimulating collagen and removing the excess cells, thereby shrinking the pores.