You’ve no doubt heard about Botox, facial fillers, laser procedures and even surgery to give faces a more youthful look. Now there’s a new minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that can help your skin repair and renew.
Called microneedling, it triggers your body to produce its own skin plumping and mending proteins naturally and may also reduce the risk of scaring from surgery.
Dr. Lisa M. DiFrancesco answers your questions about microneedling.
What is microneedling?
It’s a procedure involving a device with extremely fine needles that produces very tiny punctures in the skin. This triggers the body to fill these microscopically small punctures by producing new collagen and elastin, which are natural proteins that keep skin elastic, plump and youthful.
Does it hurt?
These controlled punctures are extremely small and any discomfort is minimal and can be reduced with some topical numbing cream. Microneedling is performed in the office and there is no down time after a treatment. If any redness occurs immediately after microneedling, it usually subsides by the next day.
How does micro-needling work?
A micro-needling device creates extremely tiny wounds. The body reacts by producing new collagen, elastin and capillaries in the skin – resulting in rejuvenated, firmer skin with improved texture and fewer wrinkles.
What are the benefits?
In addition to helping firm facial contours, microneedling may improve skin texture and firmness and reduce wrinkles and pore size. We are using it in conjunction with cosmetic surgical procedures to reduce scarring and improve outcomes, too. It is cost-effective, and can be used to improve skin on areas that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest.
How much downtime is there after the procedure?
There’s no anesthesia used and virtually no downtime. Your face may look pink and slightly puffy immediately after micro-needling – icing for a few hours will help.
Are there topical products that really improve the skin?
Yes. Studies have shown NEOVA DNA Total Repair products successfully target and repair damage to DNA in skin cells, rejuvenating skin. It’s important to be assessed by a doctor familiar with these anti-aging treatments to find the NEOVA products best for your skin’s needs.
How does the microneedling procedure work and what about my skin should I be looking to improve when considering microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimal invasive procedure that initiates your body’s natural healing response to activate cellular regeneration and collagen production. The micro channels produced during the procedure allow anti-aging serums, skin lighteners or plasma rich protein to penetrate deeper into the skin then with topical application. It targets fine lines, acne scars and even stretch marks to create a tighter, smoother and more youthful appearance to your skin.
Is the procedure painful?
Patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure which is relieved by using a topical anesthetic.
How long does the procedure take and how many sessions do you need?
Microneedling is appropriate for all ages and skin types without the downtime of lasers or surgery. Results may be seen after one treatment however, often patients complete a series of 3 to 5 treatments of 60 minutes to maximize their results.
What is the downtime? Can I do this on my lunch hour then go back to work?
Patient may resume work and exercise the same day.