What is MicroNeedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to tighten loose and saggy skin, remove scarring and stretch marks, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. this treatment is also known as collagen induction therapy.
This treatment is for those that have not had success with at home rollers and topical treatments and need something a little more aggressive. Many skin concerns can be addressed and removed in just a few sessions.
Microneedling definitely needs to be tried before any surgical anti-aging procedures. If administered by experienced professionals the results are usually quite remarkable.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling works by causing controlled injury to the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the skin and is responsible for the skins tightness and elasticity. The tiny punctures made to the skin triggers the reproduction of collagen-rich skin tissue. This allows for a natural and holistic healing of the skin from the inside out.
As we age our skin produces less collagen and as a result, can appear loose and saggy. Microneedling can literally reverse the effects of aging by producing more collagen, which tightens the skin. This also makes the skin tissue more even in texture.
This is not a painless experience so it's highly advised to opt in for the topical numbing agent. The numbing agent takes about 30-45 minutes to take effect. After which you will be ready to start the treatment comfortably.
During your treatment a doctor or nurse practitioner will move a pen like device evenly across the treatment area, puncturing the skin. A treatment will last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area and severity of the skin concerns.
Is microneedling effective?
Microneedling is a very effective treatment as far as minimally invasive treatments go. In the battle against aging, this treatment is a must try.
The treatment can effectively make your skin firmer, tighter and improve it’s tone and texture. Your treatment results appear relatively quickly as the skin starts the rejuvenation and reproduction of collagen process almost immediately after the treatment.
The best part about micro needling is that it doesn't require any surgery or downtime. Your skin will be irritated and red after the treatment. But just means it's working!
To maintain the results, you’ll need more than one session. And it’s not a bad idea to bundle this with other medical spa treatments like Hydrafacials and PICO Genesis.
Types of microneedling treatments?
There are many different forms of treatments, that differ in there features and levels of aggressiveness:
The Original MicroNeedling
This is your plain and simple collagen induction treatments.
Tiny sterile needles puncturing the skin, which will often lead to minor bleeding. This blood should not be cleaned off the skin for at least an hour as it is rich in growth factors that improve the efficacy of the treatment.
MicroNeedling + PRP (AKA Vampire Treatment)
This treatment nicknamed the vampire treatment.
It adds platelet rich plasma (PRP) to the mix. Blood is drawn from the patient and then centrifuged to retrieve plasma rich protein. The PRP is then injected into the skin during the treatment, which will enhance the production of collagen even more.
MicroNeedling + Radio Frequency
This is a newer treatment. The most popular version is the Secret RadioFrequency (RF) Microneedling by Cutera.
It adds tiny bursts of radiofrequency energy down the needles as they penetrate the skin. The addition of radiofrequency makes the process of skin tightening more efficient, reducing the amounts of treatments required.
Radio Frequency MicroNeedling + Fractional C02
This is a combination of two separate treatments, fractional CO2 and Secret RF.
This is the newest treatment to hit the market. However it results in considerable downtime. The fractional CO2 improves skin resurfacing and allows for deeper treatment of the skin. It will effectively treat skin from the epidermis to the deeper layers of the skin.
How long does it take to see results from microneedling?
This isn't a one and done treatment. Every version of this treatment will require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. However if your skin concerns are very minor then one or two treatments would probably cut it.
The results from microneedling are immediate. The skin starts the healing process immediately after the treatment and will continue to heal itself for 4-6 weeks, after which next session is needed.
Most people will see their desired results within 4-6 sessions. It's also recommended to perform upkeep sessions every 6 or 12 months. It doesn’t hurt to have collagen production!
How much are microneedling treatments?
Microneedling can range from $100 to $700 per treatment. However the lower end treatments tend to not be as effective and at the very least require more treatments.
You only get one skin tissue, so when it comes to deciding what's best, you shouldn't hunt for bargains.
Unfortunately microneedling is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and as such isn’t covered by medical insurance. However most medical spas will offer Care Credit so you can offset the cost of a package over the course of 24 months.
Contact Miami Skin Spa to get your free consultation scheduled, so you can start your customized skin rejuvenation treatment plan.