Micro needling is not really new, though it is newly popular in this country. Needling the skin to create new collagen has been a European practice for the past two decades. The advancement to automated needling is what's relatively new.
Micro needling is based on the ability of the skin to self-repair when a wound occurs. Micro needling creates microscopic pinpoint "wounds". The body responds by creating new elastin and collagen.
It is a safe, heat-free treatment that is successfully used on all skin types and colors.
We use a device called the MicroPen, which is a handheld battery-powered pen that holds small sterile 12-needle cartridges. The needles pierce the skin at predetermined depths depending on the results you want to achieve.
The pen is moved quickly across your skin and treatments usually don't take more than 45 to 60 minutes. In any case, the penetration depths are not at all like typical injections.
Typically, micro needling is a little uncomfortable with depths needed for scar revision, but this is managed easily with a topical numbing gel placed on the skin prior to treatment. Lighter treatments are compared to brushing sandpaper across the skin.
Because micro needling is not a particularly aggressive treatment, you'll need several treatments over a 3 to 6 month period. Treatment results are cumulative, so you will need to commit to more than one treatment to get obvious results.
Acne scar clients usually will need 6 to 8 treatments - fewer when combined with laser.
Light treatment levels: Depending upon the depth of the needles used, you may feel as though your skin is warm or hot - and sensitive. Light superficial treatments leave the skin red for a day or two.
More aggressive levels: Treatments aimed at changing the skin at deeper planes as in acne scarring may experience some swelling, pinpoint bleeding (stops almost immediately) and what is called "bronzing" as the tiny pinpoints dry and then slough off.
Your skin may also feel tight. It will be more sun sensitive so you should use the recommended sunblock while your skin heals and you should not use acid or other active products outside of the schedule you will be given. Treat it gently and don't "pick" at any areas that feel like sand granules.
Generally the more common use of micro needling is to augment laser or other fractional resurfacing. But some patients who have high pigmented skin don't want the risk of heat-induced pigmentation so needling is an alternative. Also, the cost of micro needling is less than laser since the cost of laser equipment does not have to be considered.
Micro needling (also called Natural Collagen Induction Therapy) was pioneered by a Swiss-French dermatologist called Dr. Phillippe Simonin. He found that facelift patients who had undergone camouflage tattooing after surgery to hide scars showed substantial improvement in how their scars looked.
Further investigation proved the relationship between the tattoo process using needles and scar improvement.
To find out if micro needling is the best treatment option for your skin, please call (512) 453-7000 today or contact us online.