Micro-needling, skin needling and percutaneous collagen induction therapies (PCI) are all examples of the various terms used to describe the process which involves moving a special device over your skin that contains many tiny metal needles attached. Micro-needling is not a skin injection. The process has been practiced and used on patients since the 2000s for atrophic acne scars and skin rejuvenation. The technology and clinical applications have increased over the past several years. Patients are seeing positive results of reduced lines and improved skin texture with little down time. The micro-needling procedure has also recently become known as the ‘vampire facial’ named by a Miami Dermatologist. This method includes the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) with the micro-needling pen.
How is it performed?
Micro-needling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a pen-like device containing fine stainless steel needles. These needles can penetrate the skin thousands of times at multiple depths up to 2mm to stimulate the skins natural ability to repair itself. It can be described as a natural form of skin renewal. Once the stratum corneum (outer layer of skin) is penetrated with the micro-needle it gears its own natural repair mechanism to rev up the production of collagen (neo-collagenesis) elastin and blood flow (neo-vascularization). Micro-needling is a versatile procedure and can be used on several different body parts including the face, neck, decollate and stretch marks. However not all Micro-Needling procedures are the same.
What to expect?
Growth factors are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of the procedure in the treatment of scars and photo-aging. Micro-needling can be used on all skin types to treat a wide range of problems on any area requiring cellular regeneration. Prior to each procedure we numb the skin with a topical numbing cream; this makes it a relatively painless procedure. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour start to finish. For maximum results we recommend 3-6 procedures one month apart.
Micro-needling works in 3 phases:
Phase 1: We create a controlled injury which promotes platelet release. This stimulates natural growth factors to create new epidermal growth.
Phase 2: The production of collagen and elastin occurs by stimulating the fibroblasts of the skin. This is the skin’s connective tissue and the structural matrix responsible for smooth texture and elasticity.
Phase 3: Tissue remodeling process begins, resulting in the skin to tighten. This improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis, therefore improving texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
The total down time can differ for each patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for 2-4 days. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. *Individual results will vary.
We send our patients home with a post procedure healing kit that maximizes the healing and repair phase. After the post procedure kit we recommend having a good quality skin care regime to maximize your results and continued rejuvenation. Our products at Jupiter Dermatology are clinically proven and backed by science. We want you to protect your investment by using the best growth factors, antioxidants and sun protection we have to offer.
The use of make-up can resume 2-3 days following the micro-needling. We advise using our physician approved makeup line Colorescience which will inhibit the pores from clogging with the unique formula of minerals and sunscreen. Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to 3-6 months following your final session.
*Individual results will vary. *The micro-needling procedure is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.*
What are the benefits of the micro-needling?
- Deeper absorption of the active ingredients in creams and topical serums
- Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, loose and lax skin
- Improves acne scarring
- Reduces pore size
- Improves blood supply and circulation
- Increases the production of collagen through stimulation of Fibroblasts
- Safe for all types of skin
- Safe for use on the scalp and body and also the fragile skin around the eyes, neck and mouth
- Less painful with better results than traditional lasers such as C02
What conditions does micro-needling treat?
- Mild to moderate acne scarring; any new or old scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose, lax skin
- Skin texture and large pore size
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone and sun damage
How does micro-needling help improve acne scarring?
Acne scarring can arise on the face due to several causes, the most common is Acne Vulgaris. Post acne facial scarring can be a devastating condition that causes low self-esteem or other psychological effects. Treating acne scarring has always been a challenge, however with the technology of micro-needling we’ve seen that acne scarring is dramatically improved on our practice. With a micro-needling pen’s fine stainless steel needles penetrating the skin it produces new collagen fibers that can elevate the depressed scar tissue. Many other treatments for acne scarring can be painful, cause the skin to be resurfaced and have long down time.
Our practice Jupiter Dermatology is happy to provide a comfortable procedure with little down time to help our patients who suffer from this embarrassing side effect of acne. For maximum results to resurface Acne scars we recommend 6 treatments one month apart. Prior to each procedure we numb the skin with a topical numbing cream; this makes it a relatively painless procedure. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour from start to finish. Typically you see enhanced results 4-6 months after the micro-needling series when the collagen production has maximized.
*We do not perform micro-needling on active acne vulgaris*