Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in which tiny needles are used to prick the skin. As the skin heals, more collagen is produced resulting in more toned, smoother, and firmer skin. This procedure is most commonly performed on the face, and is used to combat a variety of skin issues, including acne scars, large pores, uneven skin tone, signs of aging such as reduced skin elasticity, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, various types of scarring, and skin rejuvenation. This treatment penetrates the skin rather than removing a layer of skin, and is safe to be used on every skin type. Though microneedling is primarily used on the face, it can also be used on other areas of the body such as the abdomen and thighs to treat scarring or stretch marks. Rejuvapen is a medical grade microneedling device that can be used on all skin types.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that takes a couple of hours total. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin before treatment. A pen-like microneedling tool is used to prick the skin evenly about the desired area. The microneedling process itself takes approximately 30 minutes. After the treatment, a serum or treatment is applied to the area to help soothe the skin.
There are a couple types of microneedling treatments. The procedure can be combined with other treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), also known as a “vampire treatment”. To perform the “vampire” treatment, blood is drawn from the patient and run through a centrifuge, separating plasma from the blood. The PRP is then incorporated with the micro needling treatment. This is more intense than plain microneedling, and has a longer downtown. However, it results in a higher level of collagen production after the treatment. It works best for older patients and those who are looking to correct acne scars.
Microneedling can also be combined with a radiofrequency treatment, known as Profound. This is an FDA approved device in which radiofrequency waves are sent to the skin through a microneedling device. This works best for those who want skin tightening along with the microneedling procedure. Profound can also be used to help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs and buttocks.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure, and patients can return to work as soon as they feel comfortable. However, the skin will be sensitive to the sun, and it is important to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun until the skin is fully healed. The skin should heal fairly quickly, and results from each treatment should be visible in a couple of weeks. Multiple treatments are needed for best results. The cost of microneedling is not covered by insurance, and the price of the procedure varies depending on the size of the area. Dr. Hardaway will find a treatment and payment play that works best for you.
What are the side effects of microneedling?
The most common side effects of microneedling are bleeding, bruising, and skin peeling. Side effects are more likely if you have sensitive skin. Following the doctor’s instructions closely after the procedure will help minimize the side effects. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is certified to perform this procedure. At home cosmetic microneedling treatments are often used to enhance skincare, though medical micro needling treatments performed in a plastic surgeon’s or dermatologist’s office are the most effective.