Microneedling is one of our newest skin treatments and is becoming our most popular. This minimal downtime procedure has helped us bridge the gap between the more superficial treatment of microdermabrasion and the more aggressive treatment of laser resurfacing skin treatments. Although this skin treatment has been around for years with so-so results, the new technology which refines and mechanizes this technique with high speed ultrafine micro needles is giving us better results at a lower cost than anything we’ve seen. We now have a treatment that we can use year round with lower cost and less downtime than laser treatments and we’re finding it’s great for skin rejuvenation and even acne scarring.
Although almost anyone will see some improvement after microneedling, the best results are seen in those with mild to moderate skin changes that are the result of sun exposure and age. We have also had success in treating some forms of acne scarring with better results than we were previously able to achieve with laser treatment, chemical peels, and other treatment modalities. Unlike some other treatments, microneedling can be used on all skin types regardless of the degree of pigmentation.
How it works
After applying a topical anesthetic the face the face is treated with a handheld microneedling device. We utilize the SkinPen system, which has an array of ultrafine needles at the tip which penetrate the skin thousands of times a minute. It sounds scary, but these ultrafine needles penetrate only a short distance into the skin and most patients experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.
Following the treatment, which takes approximately 30 minutes for the entire face, we apply topical agents which sooth the skin and aid in recovery and renewal. In the days that follow the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin is stimulated by the micropores which have been created to promote new growth. The result is healthier looking skin with minimal downtime.
Quick recovery, minimal downtime
Following your treatment your face will look red, much like a sunburn. Most patients can apply makeup the following day and return to normal activities, although some redness may remain for a few days. Pain is typically minimal.
While we initially utilized this on the face, we are seeing good results on the neck, chest, and elsewhere.
Why we like this procedure
Our estheticians in Lawrence, Patty and Cheri, urged me to take another look at microneedling, a technique I had looked at a number of years ago when it was being done with mechanical rollers and was unimpressed. We did a trial on a few patients, were encouraged by the initial results, and subsequently completed our formal training. In the first 2 months we performed over 100 treatments and our patients loved the results. We soon introduced this in our Topeka office with similar enthusiasm from the patients.
In over 20 years we’ve never seen a new treatment, device, or procedure that was so rapidly embraced and asked for by our patients.
Although as with many other “no down time” skin rejuvenation techniques, a series of treatments may be required to achieve the desired effect, the results are certainly worth it. It’s less expensive and aggressive than lasers, can be used on more skin types, and is more effective than microdermabrasion.