Microneedling Benefits Your Most Challenging Skin Issues
By Emran R. Imami, MD and Claire Davidson, Medical Aesthetician
Tiny needles, smaller than a strand of hair, penetrate the skin creating channels of micro-trauma, which trigger the production of collagen and elastin. While it sounds like a form of torture, the process is actually minimally invasive and can improve skin’s texture and elasticity, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Microneedling has been used for decades to rejuvenate the skin, but modern medical devices have added a new dimension of treatment by combining Radio Frequency energy (known as RF) to amplify collagen production. The addition of RF energy allows providers to treat deeper and more efficiently, creating collagen remodeling beyond the upper layers of skin. The use of at-home hand rollers and other nonprofessional microneedling devices are NOT effective and may even damage the skin. Microneedling for acne scars, wrinkles, sagging skin and even hair loss are a few of the conditions that can be improved, and in some cases, eradicated by microneedle treatments.
One of the first questions people ask about Microneedling is, “Does it work?” The short answer is YES! However, its not magic and the best results require a skilled and knowledgeable provider, as well as proper homecare. The number of Microneedling sessions you will need, the cost, and how often you will be treated is determined by the issue being corrected, skin condition, and of course, your budget. I generally recommend a series of six Microneedling sessions for correction and three for prevention or maintenance, depending on which other modalities are being used.
The second most frequently asked question about Microneedling is, “Does it hurt? “ The level of discomfort is different for everyone and your treatment experience will also depend largely on the skill of the provider. In my treatment room, a topical lidocaine is applied to freshly cleansed skin for thirty minutes prior to treatment. The Radio Frequency handpiece uses a disposable tip that will deploy a set of twenty five, gold plated, insulated microneedles into the skin at once in a brief pulse. Radio Frequency heat energy is emitted from the needles directly into the tissue at depths of up to 3mm , and an ice roller is used after each pass to relieve the discomfort.
After treatment, the skin will be a bit red and puffy, and will feel tight and somewhat like a mild sunburn. This effect is usually gone within hours, as the redness is just the body’s natural healing response. This is the extent of Microneedling downtime! There are very few Microneedling side effects.
If you have an autoimmune condition, diabetes, or are a smoker, the healing process may take longer and the addition of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is strongly recommended. Microneedling benefits are greatly increased with the addition of PRP. Extracted from your own blood, these growth factors act like a fertilizer for your cells, increasing cell function, and quality, and speeding healing time, so much so that PRP is commonly referred to as “liquid gold” in the aesthetic industry. Whether your goal is general improvement/prevention or erasing scars and wrinkles , if you are looking for a treatment that can deliver dramatic Microneedling results with very little downtime and minimal discomfort, MICRONEEDLING with PRP IS FOR YOU!
Published: October 16, 2019