Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is an improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.
What conditions can be treated or improved with Medical Micro-Needling?
- Mild to moderate acne scarring; any new or old scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose, lax skin
- Skin texture and pore size
- Stretch marks
How does Medical MicroNeedling work?
The device slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2.5mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
What does the procedure involve?
The skin is cleaned and numbing cream is applied to lessen discomfort. For better results, we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, TNS Recovery Complex (Human growth factors), Vitamin-C serum, or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. A small handheld medical pen device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Hyaluronic acid and human growth factors are used to hydrate, heal, and protect the skin.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Most people will experience redness and swelling in a similar way as a moderate sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later.
What is the downtime after Medical MicroNeedling treatment?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish It may last for 24 to 48 hours in most people although a few individuals may stay pink for 72 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend TNS Recovery Complex after the procedure, and to protect the skin with a medical grade sunblock.
What are the benefits of Medical MicroNeedling?
- Dramatically increases the effectiveness and penetration of active ingredients in topical preparation
- Stimulates circulation and collagen production
- Medical-grade titanium needles make it non-allergenic to human tissue
- Cost-effective compared to other resurfacing procedures
- Can be performed on all skin types, including darker ethnic skin
- It can be used on all areas of the scalp, face, and body including fragile skin like around the eyes, mouth, and neck
What effects does the Medical MicroNeedling have on the skin?
- Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Stimulates tissue regeneration
- Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars can be improved as new collagen fibers elevate the depressed scar tissue with the periphery skin
- Pore size reduction
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks
What are the risks of Medical MicroNeedling?
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Mild acne flare-ups that are of very short duration can happen, but it is not common. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed by the practitioner. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment so taking Valtrex or Acyclovir can decrease the risk of cold sore flare-ups.
When it comes to improving your skin, choosing a procedure that's safe, effective, and minimally invasive gets you the results you want without any downtime. Chinyere Orafu, MD, FACOG, and the team at the Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers in Dover and Canton, Ohio, offer innovative radiofrequency microneedling to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, as well as tighten skin everywhere in the body, especially skin on the face, the neck and jaw. It can even be used for excessive sweating. RF microneedling combines microneedling and RF technology to address loose, sagging, wrinkly skin. It uses noninvasive micro-needles to deliver controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy deep into your skin to avoid damaging the top layers of your skin. As the needles and RF energy penetrate through the various layers of your skin, they create heat, which kick-starts collagen production. It also encourages your body to produce elastin, another protein in your skin that gives it flexibility. The result is healthier, younger-looking skin without creating a single incision.
We offer two of the industry's leading RF microneedling systems: Secret RF Microneedling and Morpheus8®.
Secret RF Microneedling
Secret RF microneedling is one of the most powerful systems available and also one of the most gentle. It creates the necessary heat below the surface of your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, but it leaves the surface of your skin untouched and undamaged.
The gold-plated needles allow the RF energy to travel directly into the dermis, which increases the effect of heat and results in more effective collagen and elastin growth compared to other treatments that use RF energy, and microneedling alone.
Secret RF microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types and requires minimal downtime. In addition to tightening your skin, it can also:
- Reduce scarring, including acne scarring
- Minimize pores
- Address the pigmentation issue
- Reduce wrinkles
- Improve stretch marks
Side effects are usually minimal, including swelling and redness for a few days. Rarely, you may experience bruising, skin color changes, and patterning of the treatment area. Talk to us about the potential risk for side effects and the steps you can take to avoid them. Results typically develop after 4-8 weeks, depending on your age and skin quality. Most of our patients see improvement after just one treatment, but you usually need three treatments spaced 4-8 weeks to get the best results.
Morpheus8 is another noninvasive solution for aged skin. Morpheus8 delivers some of the best treatments available, allowing us to address the
Please call our office at 330-343-8200 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about this procedure.
* Individual Results May Vary
Please review the attached video to see how to numb prior to your treatment.