Micro-Needling works by using tiny needles to treat the skin. A specialized device that houses tiny needles at its tip is used by a medical professional to penetrate the superficial layer of skin. These tiny penetrations are like small wounds, which prompts the body to react with its own growth factors and natural healing mechanisms. The body sends cells to the tiny wounds to create more collagen in the wounded areas. The result is thickened skin with better texture. In addition to filling in acne scars, Micro-Needling also works to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
A Micro-Needling session starts with the application of a topical anesthetic. Then a medical professional uses a specialized device to create the micro-injuries in the skin. Next, a serum that enhances collagen is applied to the affected area. Depending on the severity of the scarring, a person may need multiple Micro-Needling sessions. For many people, four to six sessions is common.
Micro-Needling goes by several different names. Sometimes it’s referred to as collagen induction therapy and in other cases, it’s called per-cutaneous collagen induction. Regardless of what it’s called, Micro-Needling can’t be done over active acne lesions. The procedure will just make those areas more inflamed and could spread harmful bacteria.
May take up to 30 minutes depending on the area treated.
There are other ways to treat acne scarring, including lasers. But Micro-Needling tends to be less expensive and less invasive than lasers treatments. Micro-Needling also offers the advantage of a shorter recovery time. While consumers can buy their own do-it-yourself Micro-Needling kits to try at home, a skin-care professional can best conduct the procedure and address any complications that arise.
Localized irritation: Patients may feel a little sore after this treatment. This should subside after a few minutes to hours.
Redness and UV sensitivity: Because micro-needling induces collagen production, redness and slight inflammation can occur. This should only last 1-3 days. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for a week or so, and it is important to always apply sunscreen.
Tenderness: Slight bruising and inflammation can cause the area to be tender to the touch. As with the appearance, this should subside within 24-72 hours.
Micro-needling is not suitable everyone. Patients who have open cuts, wounds, or abrasions on the skin, have skin infections, or a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars should avoid this treatment.
Avoid the sun for 48 hours. Use a good sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 for two weeks.
Wash your face with bottled water for at least 48 hours post Micro-Needling.
Use post procedure aloe cream to soothe and moisturize the skin.
Do not take any inflammatory medicines for at least two weeks post treatment.
Repeat treatments depend on your condition. The interval between each treatment is 1-2 months.
We recommend repeating the treatment 1-2 times a year for maintenance. For better or more complete results we recommend to combine with PRP.
Disclaimer: As always, this information is provided to you for educational and/or informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of any particular product, treatment, or procedure. This information is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about any procedure or treatment, users should always consult their doctor or other qualified health care professional.