What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a popular, non-surgical skin treatment that can balance skin tone and help reduce pore size, wrinkles and scars. The treatment can be used safely on all skin types, and requires little to no recovery time. The procedure is preformed at Dr. Sobel’s office in New York City and takes about an hour. Within days, you should be able to see overall improved skin appearance as a result of the treatment.
Micro-Needling also readies the skin for the deep absorption of the product applied during the procedure, which helps boost and accelerate noticeable effects. The superficial micro-channels created allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin, including:
- Hyaluronic acid serums
- Skin lightening products
- Vitamin C
How does it work?
Micro-Needling, as the name implies, uses ultra fine needles to create micro channels, or tiny holes, in the skin. The process stimulates the skin’s natural ability to heal itself by producing collagen and elastin. The repair process begins almost immediately, and final results can provide thicker skin and softened wrinkles and scars.
The Micro-Needling tool contains sterile, disposable micro-needles that are gently glided across the area being treated, creating micro-channels of controlled “injury.” This injury stimulates the production of the skin’s own repairing collagen and increases absorption of the skin care products applied as part of the procedure.
Commons areas treated with MicroNeedling
The technology is versatile and can be used to improve skin appearance on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolletage, hands and arms. It can be used to help skin look better by reducing and even eliminating acne scars, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
Micro-Needling is a minimally invasive procedure that is used for skin improvement, and it works on a similar principle to laser skin treatments. The needling device delivers tiny pricks that can stimulate the natural healing process, creating smoother skin by helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. It’s a quick, simple and pain-free treatment that provides results by stimulating the skin’s own natural production of collagen and elastin, the important building blocks of healthy, radiant and youthful skin.
What does the procedure feel like?
The Micro-Needling device’s high-speed motor causes needle penetration to occur really quickly, feeling more like a sandpaper sensation than needle sticks. Depending on the areas being treated and the depth of needle penetration, patients may experience stronger sensation. Micro-Needling is most often performed after a numbing cream has been applied to reduce or eliminate any possible discomfort or pain.
What to expect after treatment?
Micro-Needling causes no tissue destruction. The micro-channels created in the skin close quickly, and the healing response begins almost immediately. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness after the procedure, or you may experience some pinpoint bleeding, which stops almost immediately.
What will my skin look and feel like right after?
A Micro-Needling procedure can cause redness (similar to a mild sunburn), light swelling, a stinging sensation and a bit of tenderness. These effects can last a day to several days, depending on treatment depth, and the redness is usually easily camouflaged with make-up. Most patients can return to work and normal activities immediately following the treatment.
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