Micro needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro-channels (tiny holes) in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin. This repair process begins almost immediately and results in a thicker dermis and softened wrinkles or scars. These superficial micro-channels also allow topical gels, creams, and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Celebrities who are known to do this procedure are Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian. Why? It has been shown to be a highly effective method in encouraging the skin to rejuvenate itself.
There may be some bleeding during the treatment for which is temporary. There may be some mild discomfort during the procedure. Anesthetic cream may be used if needed for tolerance.
Avoid Vitamin E, fish oils and Ginko Biloba for one week prior to treatment.
Avoid ASA 2 weeks before treatment. (Please consult with your physician first if you are on ASA)
For patients that bruise easily, it is advised to consider taking Arnica 1-2 days prior to each skin needling session and 2-3 days post procedure.
Avoid anti-histamine and inflammatory drugs one week prior to treatment. These negate the effects of the procedure. The body’s histamine and inflammatory responses are needed post-procedure.
Stop topical retinoids one week prior to treatment.
If possible, avoid scheduling treatment if you are menstruating, as you are more sensitive during this time.
If using Accutane®, a 3-month waiting period after discontinuation of medication is required.
Please notify us if you have ever been diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) – you may require prophylactic therapy starting 2 days before treatment.
Please eat a meal and drink water prior to your treatment.
Patient denies today: active cold sores, herpes simplex, or warts in the area to be treated, open sores, sunburned, or excessively sensitive skin within the application area, pregnancy, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea within the application area.
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. Total healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the repair process required. On average, patients are pink for two to four days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
Most people notice healthier-looking skin immediately. The natural repair process of the skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time and it will continue to improve for up to 6 months after treatment.
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient and your provider will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire. Although one treatment is beneficial, a series of treatments is usually recommended. Multiple treatments (3-6) may be necessary over 4-8 week intervals. After your initial treatment series, periodic maintenance may be advised (depending upon condition(s) treated).
We recommend follow-up and repeat treatments in 4 weeks and for best results a series of 3 – 5 treatments.