Q & A
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. A pen-like oscillating device with very fine short needles is used to stimulate the body to produce more collagen and elastin, which is why microneedling is sometimes referred to as “collagen induction therapy”. An increase in collagen and elastin production results in skin that is plumper, firmer, and smoother.
What can Microneedling treat?
Microneedling can reduce the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and scars. It can improve skin tone, lighten age spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation, and reduce eye bags and puffiness. When used on the scalp, it promotes hair growth by stimulating dormant hair follicles.
Microneedling may be done on various areas of the body, including the scalp, face, hands, neck, or chest area.
Another noteworthy effect of microneedling is that it increases the absorption of serums and topicals by 3,000%. Specific serums may be applied during and after a microneedling session to increase the desired results. In my practice, I utilize vegan stem cells, collagen boosting herbs, hyaluronic acid, and specific algae derivatives for lightening hyperpigmentation or reducing eye bags.
How many treatments do I need and what kind of results can I expect?
Every body is different, and therefore specific results cannot be guaranteed, however most people will notice drastic changes after only 4 microneedling treatments. A 2008 study showed a 4,000% increase in collagen and elastin production six months after completing a series of 4 treatments.
For longer lasting results, a series of 8 treatments is recommended, with each treatment spaced 1 month apart. To maintain results, it is best to receive a treatment every 3-4 months following the initially course of treatment.
Does it hurt and will I bleed?
Very fine short needles penetrate the skin during a microneedling treatment, most people experience the sensation as a mild discomfort. You will have the option to have a topical lidocaine numbing cream applied before your treatment if you choose.
There may occasionally be a small amount of blood during a microneedling session, but in most cases, no bleeding will occur. You might find photos on the internet of people with a blood on their face during a microneedling treatment, this is because platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been applied to their face during the treatment. The treatment itself did not cause bleeding. I do not use PRP in my practice because I have found that the vegan stem cells and herb and algae based topicals produce dramatic results without the risk and costs associated with using PRP.
What is Nanoneedling?
Nanoneedling is similar to microneedling. The same pen-like oscillating device is used, but instead of using needles, small silicone hair-like cones are used. Nanoneedling affects only the epidermis. It penetrates 0.15mm into the skin in order to separate the cells within the epidermis and stimulate cell turnover and serum absorption.
Nanoneedling can be done on areas of the skin that are more sensitive, such as the lips and under eyes. Certain conditions that are contraindicated for microneedling may be ok to do nanoneedling, and nanoneedling can be done every week. Some patients will choose to have nanoneedling sessions in between their microneedling sessions in order to speed up and increase results.
What is the difference between Microneedling and the DermaRollers I can use at home?
DermaRollers legally must be 1mm or shorter in length; to stimulate the collagen you need to reach 1.5-2mm into the skin, and some conditions such as scarring require even deeper penetration that the DermaRollers will not reach. The oscillating microneedling pen creates micro-punctures that are deeper and greater in number than the DermaRoller can which means greater cell turnover, collagen stimulation, and more significant results.
Additionally, the rolling motion of the DermaRollers means that the needle penetration is not perpendicular, it creates a cone shaped injury to the skin, whereas microneedling needle penetrations are perpendicular, and finer than DermaRoller penetrations.
What is the difference between Microneedling and cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture, like microneedling, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. During a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, around 2 dozen needles are inserted in the face. During a microneedling session, the oscillating device used allows for thousands of micro-punctures to occur in just one session. This means that the cell turnover that is induced during a microneedling treatment is exponentially greater than what occurs during an acupuncture session, and the end results are more significant.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a great option for those looking for a gentler, more affordable treatment, with results that are more subtle compared to microneedling. It can also be done more frequently than microneedling. Some patients will receive cosmetic acupuncture treatments in between their microneedling sessions to increase or speed up results.
Although microneedling shines when it comes to increasing collagen production, cosmetic acupuncture is excellent at creating a lifting and shaping affect. If you are looking for firmer and plumper skin, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, or age spots, microneedling will get you the quickest and most significant results. But, if your goal is to have more lift around the cheek bones, eye brows, or jaw line, cosmetic acupuncture should be included in your treatment plan.
Can Microneedling help with acne?
Microneedling is excellent at treating acne scarring, however microneedling should not be done if there is active acne. Nanoneedling may be done around the areas of the breakouts, and acupuncture and herbal medicine should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to treat the acne.
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