Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Microneedling is known by many different names. "Micro Facial Skin Blushing" or "Collagen Induction Therapy" are just a couple of names it can go by. This procedure forces the skin to heal itself the way it naturally does: from the inside out.
An electric pen-type device is used, which has sterile disposable one-time-use needles on the end. These needles puncture the skin causing a "controlled injury" which signals the fibroblasts to start making collagen and elastin to repair the tiny puncture "wounds." This causes the skin to plump, firm, and tighten, which smoothes out wrinkles, shrinks pores, repairs acne scars, and tightens loose skin. It is recommended to commit to at least six treatments, one per month, for best results. After six treatments, we take a break, re-assess, and see if you want to continue to improve your skin or just keep up with a maintenance regimen.
You may have seen photos of this procedure immediately after a session where it looks as though their whole face went through a war zone. It is absolutely not necessary to cause the skin to bleed. In fact, many studies show that less is more when it comes to getting the best results. Your skin may look and feel like you have a mild sunburn afterwards, but this should go away in about 24-48 hours.
It is also recommended to do at-home needling with a 0.3mm Microneedling Roller in-between treatments. I suggest purchasing one of these two kits for at-home needling. Click on the photos for more details and how to purchase:
Kit #3: https://amzn.to/2Gam0mO
Pick the roller YOU like best! :-) Make sure to replace your roller at least once per year or when the needles feel like they are getting dull. Also make sure to disinfect your roller at least once per week! Denture cleaning tablets in warm water for 15-20 works well.
Please CLICK HERE for a full list of recommended products for at-home skincare in-between microneedling sessions as well as for long-term use.