Micro-needling is a treatment that uses tiny needles to penetrate the epidermis, creating many micro-channels in the skin. This process triggers the skin's own ability to heal itself and allows for increased absorption of helpful serums or topicals.
How does it work?
Micro-needling treatment is used to improve the appearance of skin blemishes, marks and scars. Wrinkles, acne, cellulite and sun damaged skin can also benefit from this form of treatment. The treatment usually takes about half an hour. Prior to treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to ensure minimum discomfort.
Here at Florida Skin Center, we use a pen-style Micro-needling device, which is more effective and less painful than a roller. During the treatment, the needles penetrate into the dermis layer, which is found immediately below the epidermis. By penetrating this layer it encourages the skin to go into immediate healing mode. By doing this repeatedly, over a number of weeks or months, the skin disorder can be reduced and in many cases will clear up completely.
The second step of the micro-needling treatment involves use of TNS Recovery Complex. This product strengthens the skin's natural ability to regenerate and helps calm down redness and inflammation. TNS Recovery also helps the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.
How quickly does the treatment work?
This all depends on the way you are treated and how severe the initial condition is. The skin naturally renews itself once every 40 days and by giving it further stimulation this process can be speeded up. Achieving the desired result may take a number of months, but on average, improvements can be seen within one to two weeks.
- Works on all skin types
- On average, a patient may need at least 4 treatments
- Topical numbing (Lidocaine 20%) will be applied 25 minutes prior to treatment
- Avoid using products containing retinol, such as Retin-A, Renova, Tri-Retinol Complex, and Obagi 5 days prior to treatment.
- Pregnant or nursing
- Active cold sore (herpes simplex virus)
What to avoid after Micro-needling for 7 days:
- Sun exposure
- Harsh exfoliants
- Scrubbing the skin
- Using Retinoids
Possible side effects of Micro-needling
- Redness, such as that of a sunburn, which can last for 2-3 days after the treatment
- Skin may feel dry and tight for 2-3 days
- Some peeling or flaking could occur
Micro-needling before and after
If you are not convinced that micro-needling can help you the best option is to check out a range of before and after photos. Although they may seem too good to believe, they are accurate. The human body and its skin is remarkable, it can heal from extreme damage leaving only the barest of scars. Given the right amount of time and stimulation the skin is capable of miraculous things. By giving the body’s own healing system a kick-start you can begin the process of achieving the skin you have always dreamed off.