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What Is Microneedling: Answering Your FAQs

Written By: Dr. Paul M. Graham

Microneedling, also known as, collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a non-invasive, in-office skin rejuvenation procedure with minimal downtime and excellent results. Microneedling can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions and is becoming widely available at many medical spas, plastic surgery offices, and dermatology practices. So, let’s go over our patients’ most frequently asked questions about Microneedling to uncover what all of the buzz is about!

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a non-invasive, skin rejuvenation treatment that works by creating controlled skin injury allowing each micro-wound to fill with serum and endogenous growth factors, initiating the production of new collagen and elastic fibers. The microneedling treatment leaves the top layer of the skin intact, allowing for quicker healing time, and a lower risk of side effects. Each microneedling treatment is thought to stimulate the production of new collagen and therefore should be utilized until the desired result is obtained!

How is Microneedling performed?

Before the treatment, the face is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and topical numbing cream is applied and left on for 15-60 minutes depending on the strength of the anesthetic. The skin is then wiped clean and dried prior to applying the topical hyaluronic acid gel. This gel acts as a lubricant, allowing the device to slide over the treatment region with ease. Typically, 4-6 passes with the device are performed with a combination of horizontal, vertical, and circular motion for the best results. Following treatment, additional hyaluronic acid gel is applied followed by application of a barrier cream. Sun avoidance is imperative to prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring. Redness and swelling typically resolve over the course of 12 hours and the collagen remodeling process is usually completed by week 6.

What does Microneedling treat?

Microneedling can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks, skin texture irregularities, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and facial rejuvenation. It can be used in areas that are not suitable to laser resurfacing or chemical peels such as areas around the mouth and eyes, the hands, and the chest.

How often is Microneedling performed?

Microneedling treatment is performed every 4 to 6 weeks for a total of 2-6 treatments, depending on the skin condition being treated. Anti-aging maintenance therapy can be done at intervals of 6-12 months allowing for good retention of collagen when used in combination with sunscreens, vitamin A, and antioxidants.

Can Microneedling be used on dark skin?

Yes, microneedling is suitable to be used in darker skin types with very little risk of hypopigmentation, as opposed to laser therapy!

Are there any side effects of Microneedling?

During the procedure, pinpoint bleeding, mild redness, and slight swelling are the desired endpoints of a successful treatment. Adverse effects are limited to mild redness and swelling following the procedure with resolution typically within 24-hours.

How much does Microneedling cost?

Microneedling treatment costs roughly $300-$700 depending on the location and operator’s level of training. This procedure is becoming widely available at many medical spas, plastic surgery offices, and dermatology practices.

In a Nutshell!

Microneedling therapy is a safe and effective treatment modality for anyone seeking a non-invasive therapy for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime and excellent results. If you’d like to schedule a microneedling appointment, please call our team at (813) 514-4711!

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2. Aust MC, Reimers K, Gohritz A, et al. Percutaneous collagen induction: Scarless skin rejuvenation: fact or fiction? Clin Exp Derm. 2010;35(4):437-439.

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