What is Microneedling? Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a minimally-invasive treatment that vastly rejuvenates the skin. Microneedling is an aesthetic medical procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (microneedling the skin) in order to induce endogenous production of cutaneous collagen.
Percutaneous collagen induction (or medical microneedling) is a technique where a fractional microneedling device with fine micro-needles remolds the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, increasing the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade (hemostasis-inflammation-proliferation-tissue remodeling). It is also referred to as a non-ablative skin treatment. This means that the deeper parts of the skin are treated without removing the top layer of skin.
Why Microneedling at SFIM? Elanita delivers a medical grade service with the training and experience to back it up. This is not a dermal roller treatment. The needle depth and rate of application is tailored specifically to each client's skin and customized needs. This evaluation is included prior to your treatment. A microneedling treatment reaches down to layers of the dermis that actually stimulate collagen growth, unlike treatments administered by a non-medical related device which may only reach legal depths of just 0.15-0.25 mm, our medical grade device reaches depths from .5 - 2.50 mm. We use sterile disposable 12-pin needle tips that have fine acupuncture grade needles and speed administered at 140 cycles/second, resulting in almost 1800 micro-channels per second. That’s 40% faster than any first generation devices out there.
Over the course of a few days, the surface layer of skin is naturally sloughed off by the new layer coming to the surface, looking softer and firmer. Visible changes to the skin occur over the course of several weeks. Micro Needling results emerge up to six months after treatment, as collagen production continues. Micro Needling is widely used in Europe. It is regarded as a safe and effective way to stimulate new skin without the use of lasers or chemicals. Clients who have considered lasers or dermal rollers will find Micro Needling to be an excellent alternative.
What can I expect?
Some mild discomfort can be experienced during the treatment but numbing cream can be provided and the device can be adjusted to suit an individual’s comfort level.
After the treatment the skin will be red and flushed in appearance, similar to a moderate sunburn.
You may experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch in certain areas. This will diminish significantly within a few hours after the treatment.
Within the next 24-48 hours the skins appearance will return back to normal. For some, flaking of the skin may be experienced a few days post treatment, this is just the old dead skin sloughing off revealing new healthy skin.
Total healing time will depend on the emphasis of the treatment.
What Does The Micro Needling Pen Do?
Microneedling can be performed anywhere on the body. It is a minimally invasive procedure, performed in-office by a qualified, trained clinician. The Microneedling device is used primarily to help revitalize aging skin and soften acne scars.
The tip of the pen holds a series of tiny surgical steel needles which pierce the skin. The depth is based on each patient’s specific skin condition. The needle cartridge is disposable, and the device itself is designed to minimize the risk of contamination. Micro needling triggers the skin’s natural healing response, resulting in healthy, glowing skin.
Does It Hurt? Clinicians may apply a topical numbing agent prior to beginning the procedure, depending on the type of procedure that has been tailored to an individual’s skin. Most patients say their experience was virtually painless. There is minimal post-procedure reddening of the skin, which dissipates, so there is no downtime required.
How Long Does It Take? Microneedling procedures are brief and can last between 60-90 minutes depending on the area being treated, This procedure is gentler than most alternatives, so it may take more than one session to achieve optimal results. Results may become visible after the procedure. It is recommended that appointments are scheduled about a month apart, to give the skin time to rest and heal in between.
Is It Right For Me? Unlike many other skin renewal options, micro needling is safe and effective for every skin color and type. It does not significantly affect the epidermis. When performed correctly by a trained clinician, there are is little risk of any side-effects such as burns, scarring, or hyperpigmentation or other discoloration.
Microneedling offers another important advantage – post-procedure continuation. The procedure itself is part of a comprehensive system designed to produce maximum results and keep skin looking its best.
current skin infection at the planned treatment site
active acne or open wounds in the treatment area
history of keloid scarring
collagen vascular disease or cardiac abnormalities
active bacterial or fungal infection
Please inform your nurse if you:
have a history with or are prone to herpes outbreaks
have scars or stretch marks that are less than one year old
are pregnant or breastfeeding
have current keloid scars
have a history of eczema, psoriasis, and/or other chronic conditions
have a history of herpes simplex infections
are diabetic or have wound-healing deficiencies
are on immunosuppressive therapy
have skin with raised moles or warts on targeted areas