Medical Microneedling started with a simple idea: “How can we get the best results with the smallest amount of downtime?”
Lasers – the most common tools for removing fine lines and tightening skin – use heat to make small controlled wounds. These small wounds kick-start the skin’s intrinsic healing ability, resulting in smoother, healthier, tighter skin. Lasers allow us to do amazing things – but the downtime can be a problem for some of our patients. Microneedling—a technique that uses needles to create tiny holes into the skin – can stimulate the skin to regenerate the same way lasers do but without using heat. What that means for you is that finally, we have a procedure that can regenerate skin with almost no downtime!
Microneedling may sound like an intimidating procedure, no thanks to the word “needle” in its name, but with numbing cream, it is completely painless. Even better – because microneedling creates thousands of small channels directly into the dermis – it allows us to deliver medical-grade therapies such as Retin-a (to enhance collagen production), Tranexamic Acid (to suppress browns) or PRP (to increase regeneration) directly to where it will be most effective! Done regularly, microneedling will make your skin thicker, tighter and stronger, with fewer lines, with a beautiful, healthy glow.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The tools that we use at RESTOR can penetrate about 6-12 times deeper into the skin than the devices you can use at home – so you can expect results that are much more dramatic.
At RESTOR we apply a topical numbing cream, and you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your skin may feel slightly tight and hot for a few hours after the procedure, but not painful. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for pain control if you desire.
Simply put – if you are aging you are a great candidate. Since microneedling doesn’t use heat and is totally mechanical, it’s safe for all skin colors and types. Just make sure there aren’t any inflamed or infected areas on your skin, and if you have a cystic acne breakout, wait until it clears up before coming in for your appointment.
We generally do not recommend microneedling for anyone with a history of Keloid scar formation, or who has had radiation treatments on the area of skin to be treated.
Microneedling isn’t exclusive to just the face area. The treatment can be done anywhere the skin on the body needs to be thickened, tightened or repaired. The most common problem areas for most patients is the neck and decollete, but it can also be done on stretch marks or scars anywhere on the body.
Depends on the severity of the tissue. If your skin is generally healthy and you do regular medical grade skin care, a few sessions a year will be enough to hold most aging at bay. Someone with more advanced aging or acne scarring should plan to do one session per month for 4 to 6 months, with a few sessions a year for maintenance after that.
Medical microneedling treats a wide range of skin concerns – including:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening sagging skin around the eyelids and jowls;
- Skin texture and pore size
- Stretch marks or surgical scars
The skin is cleaned and a prescription numbing cream is applied for about 30 minutes. Then the numbing cream is removed and the microneedling pen is passed over the skin. Patients sometimes feel a sensation of heat, or “buzzing”. This part of the procedure takes about 15 minutes. For better results, we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Tranexamic acid (a skin lightener to reduce brown pigmentation) or PRP immediately after the procedure.
Most people will experience redness and mild swelling similar to a bad sunburn for 24-48 hours. Depending on the depth of the treatment, there may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Skin usually returns to normal within 2 days, although dryness and mild flaking can continue for another few days. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid and a zinc-based sunblock. You can wear make-up 24 hours after the procedure.
We recommend that you apply nothing to your face for at least 6 hours after the procedure. After that – you can wash and moisturize with the post-care products we provide to you. You can apply make-up after 24 hours. To ensure the right healing environment, we recommend only a neutral cleanser and sunscreen for the first two days. Avoid “active” ingredients such as glycolic acid, retinol, or exfoliants until the redness has faded from the skin. Exposure to sun should also be avoided or zinc based sunblock should be used. After three to four days you can resume your normal skincare regime.
Most people will begin to see results within two weeks after the first appointment with continuous improvement for two months after the completion of their series. Scars respond more slowly than skin sagging, fine lines, and pore size. They also take more treatments to correct. It can take up to 6 months to 1 year to heal deep scars and severe stretch marks.
Unlike some lasers, medical Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colors.
Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For fine lines, we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage we are attempting to repair.
After you achieve your goals, we recommend maintenance treatments about once a quarter to maintain your results and prevent new lines from occurring.
Medical Microneedling is considerably less costly than most resurfacing procedures, with less downtime. It can be performed on all skin types, including ethnic skin, and can be used on all areas of the scalp, face, body including fragile skin like around eyes, mouth and neck. However, Medical Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For fine lines, we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage we are attempting to repair.
After you achieve your goals, we recommend maintenance treatments about once a quarter to maintain your results and prevent new lines from occurring. Microneedling will require a series of 3-6 treatments spread out over serval months – where a fractional laser will require only one or two treatments to get the same results. If you are not sure what the correct treatment is for you – come to RESTOR for a complimentary consult!
Generally, the treated areas recover rapidly from Medical Microneedling in 1-2 days. However, there are occasional side effects, which include Milia (small white bumps), which can be easily removed, and acne flares, which are usually mild.
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