Q: How does it work?
A: Medical microneedling uses a mechanically motorized device to systematically “micro-injure” the skin with miniscule needle punctures to the outermost layer of the skin. By controlling the depth and frequency of needling, the skin responds by organic methods of bio-stimulation to create new collagen and elastin fibers via the inflammatory response. Medical microneedling has scientifically demonstrated the improvement of acne scars, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, large pores and stretch marks. It can also be used to correct and treat C-section scars by breaking down scar tissue and inducing the remodeling of natural collagen. Through revascularization, this type of bio-stimulation modality has also demonstrated the regrowth of hair, effectively treating alopecia or hair loss.
Aside from promoting organic collagen stimulation, microneedling simultaneously enhances the absorption of vital nutrients, allowing skin cells to perform optimally. Skin nutrients enter the skin via the micro-channels created by medical needling. Substances entering your cells are important, in that they either revitalize or damage cellular DNA. Proper post-care products will be vital to the recovery and healing of tissue after microneedling.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Most people typically require 3-6 treatments spaced 1 month apart. If cells are prepped nutritionally and your lifestyle and diet promotes optimal cell function then results can last up to 2 years. Maintenance treatments can be performed as often as needed.
Q: Is there downtime?
A: Erythema and swelling can be noted up to 72 hours post treatment, however the inflammatory response varies from person to person. No makeup should be applied within the first 24 hours and patients should avoid sun exposure up to 2 weeks after needling.
Q: Will I notice a difference?
A: You may notice a difference in the texture of your skin right away but true collagen regeneration happens about 2 weeks after the treatment date. A series of treatments performed will result in an accumulated restorative, anti-aging effect. For acne scars, stretch marks or hair growth, a consultation with one of our physicians will guide you in the number of treatments needed to obtain desired results.
Q: How can I prep my skin before a treatment?
A: Discontinue the use of prescription retinols, hydroquinone, or other harsh chemicals prescribed by your doctor. Also discontinue the use of immunomodulators, steroids, blood thinners or other immune suppresant medications (please check with your physician before discontinuing any medication). Facial waxing appointments need to be made at least 1 week before having microneedling done. Facials and other peels can be done 1-2 weeks before microneedling. Keep your skin well hydrated before microneedling and increase your intake of vitamins and minerals from antioxidant rich fruits, vegetables or necessary supplements. Your immune response will function optimally with proper cellular nutrition.
Q: What can I put on my skin after the treatment?
A: As a gift to you, we provide our clients with a sample of our oxygen rich antioxidant serum that includes peptides, vitamin C, zinc, liquid oxygen, omegas, seaweed extracts and astaxanthin antioxidants. These ingredients have been shown to improve the quality of results from microneedling. You will be instructed on how often to use this product after your session. Do not use SPF on your skin for the first 24 hours, as chemical SPFs contain carcinogenic ingredients that will damage cellular DNA. Do not use AHAs, retinols, or preservative laden products for the first 72 hours. Use a gentle cleanser (no SLS or glycolic acid washes) for the first few days post treatment.
Q: What other treatments can be combined with microneedling?
A: While we do not recommend needling with other spa treatments on the same day, we do encourage a light enzymatic or chemical peel two weeks post microneedling to gently sweep away dead skin (a byproduct of intense cellular turnover stimulated by microneedling).
Q: How long will my results last?
A: Depending on your current skin condition and frequency of treatments you may see results for up to a year. We recommend 2-3 sessions per year.