Medical microneedling, also referred to as skin needling or collagen induction therapy, is a non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatment for facial rejuvenation that uses a micro-needling device to create controlled skin injury. With each fine puncture, the body is triggered to fill these micro-wounds with new collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is used for treatment of issues skin related to scarring related to trauma and acne, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and uneven skin tones.
In a 2014 WSJ article, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Doris Day is quoted as saying “she generally sees a 60% to 70% improvement in the broad acne scars with four to six treatments.”
Azura Skin Care Center uses the highly respected and recommended, Eclipse MicroPen® Elite technology, which can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back. Along with the microneedling process, we also use a Hyaluronic acid topical or a Growth factor topical during your treatment. Our experts will help you chose which topical product will be used depending on your desired results.
The feeling associated with the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating cartridge tip makes the treatment more comfortable. The procedure takes 15-45 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.
Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total recovery time depends on the position of the pen and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red for 2-4 days and may have some dryness and continued healing for up to one week. Some patients heal completely in 24-48 hours. Utilizing certain topicals after the treatment can speed up the healing process and maximize your results.
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues. We generally recommend a package of treatment depending on results you wish to obtain, usually three to six treatments, but even one treatment will give beautiful results.
Here is a great article featured in ‘Vogue’ about the benefits of microneedling.