When patients don’t have a specific complaint about their skin, but they want smoother, tighter skin again, micro needling is becoming a popular choice. It’s minimally invasive, and quickly produces results.
What is Micro needling?
Micro needling is also known as collagen induction therapy. It uses a tool that consists of fine needles, and these needles puncture the skin to cause a “controlled skin injury”. These punctures stimulate the body to fill these wounds with collagen and elastin. This process improves the skin’s texture and reduces scars, stretch marks, and the size of pores. Micro needling should only be performed by medical professionals and shouldn’t be done at home.
What are the Benefits of Micro needling?
Compared to other cosmetic procedures, micro needling is both time and cost-effective. The treatments can be performed during a lunch break, and because expensive tools aren’t needed, the costs are quite affordable. It’s also great for areas of the skin that can’t be chemically peeled or resurfaced with lasers. Micro needling very rarely scars or creates hyperpigmentation, so this is a great option for ethnic or dark-skinned patients. It’s gentle enough that patients can get back to work after the procedure and resume their normal activities a few days post-procedure.
How Does the Micro needling Procedure Work?
A topical anesthetic is applied to the area being treated to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. The skin is punctured in a set pattern with the needling device. It’s rolled over the area multiple times to ensure the best results. Depending on why the skin is being treated, the procedure can last between five to 60 minutes. If multiple sessions are required, they should be spaced out by at least four weeks to give the new collagen time to form.
How Many Procedures are Needed to See Results?
How many procedures are needed is completely dependent on each patient and what’s being treated. If patients are trying to reduce acne scarring, three to four procedures are typically required to get the desired results. If deep scars or stretch marks are being targeted, four to five treatments might be needed. Maintenance treatments could be required within six to 12 months from the last treatment to cement the new collagen growth.
Whether patients are looking to reduce the appearance of their stretch marks, acne scarring, or tighten sagging skin, micro needling is an excellent option for most people. For more information, contact Medical Aesthetics of New England today. We have extensive experience helping patients with their cosmetic needs and we invite you to schedule a consultation. By working together, we can develop the appropriate treatment plan that will leave you with satisfying results. Get started today.