Microneedling is a popular treatment for a variety of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation. It can also be used to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
Sometimes known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses fine needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin. These punctures stimulate the body's natural healing process, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin, which give the skin structure and elasticity.
The treatment is practical and effective for patients looking for skin rejuvenation options with minimal recovery time. It is also great for treating sensitive areas or areas not suited to laser resurfacing treatments, such as the neck and decollete.
Microneedling is an affordable and effective treatment option for all skin types. Patients usually report minimal discomfort during the treatment, followed by little to no downtime.
The treatment is also customizable depending on each patient’s unique skin profile and the goals they wish to achieve. Benefits of microneedling treatment include:
- Reduction in muscle contraction induced-wrinkles
- Softening of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in the size of visible pores
- Reduction in the appearance of acne scars and regulation of excess sebum production
- Overall improvement in the texture of the skin to enhance appearance and feel
- Brightening of dark pigmentation
- Maximum absorption of nutrient-rich topical skin care products
- Reduction in the appearance of surgical and traumatic scars
During a microneedling session, a device with fine needles is passed over the skin gently, creating precisely controlled micro-injuries. This process stimulates the skin's natural healing process, which thickens the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and accelerates the production of both collagen and elastin to rejuvenate and smooth the skin while keeping it pliable and elastic.
The minor injuries created from the process serve as micro-channels through which topical skin care treatments (such as PRP, platelet-rich plasma, injections) can better penetrate and be absorbed into the skin.
The procedure is typically done on the face but can also be done on other parts of the body, such as the neck, décolletage, and hands. Microneedling can be used to address a variety of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Hair loss
The procedure takes about an hour and can involve some discomfort. A topical numbing gel is used on the skin 20 minutes before treatment to ensure comfort.
While microneedling is very effective as a standalone treatment, it can also be paired with other therapies for optimized anti-aging results. At Greco MD, we often combine microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.
PRP treatment, also known as a "vampire facial" or "vampire facelift," harnesses the healing and regenerative properties of platelets and growth factors naturally contained in your blood.
A small amount of your blood is withdrawn and processed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets. After microneedling, the plasma is applied to the skin. The microscopic injuries created during microneedling allow the platelet-rich plasma to penetrate and be absorbed into the deep layers of skin.
Another unique application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) can be found in the treatment of certain types of alopecia (hair loss).
The microneedling procedure is relatively painless and involves minimal downtime. Some redness and swelling are normal and to be expected. These symptoms typically subside within a day or two.
Makeup should not be used for 24 hours after the treatment. Your skin will be extra sensitive to sun damage after treatment and should be adequately protected with sunscreen.
You should be able to see visible results within two weeks after treatment. The skin will likely continue increasing collagen production for three to six months after microneedling treatment. You may need three to six treatment sessions to achieve your desired goals.
Our aesthetic team will help you develop a treatment plan based on your goals.
Risks associated with microneedling can include bleeding, bruising, infection, and peeling skin. Patients should contact their provider if they experience these side effects.
It is important to note that microneedling is not recommended for people with active acne, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis. It is also not recommended for people who have recently used Accutane, have a history of keloid scarring, or are prone to excessive scarring.
Patients who are pregnant will need to be cleared by their physician before treatment.
Dr. Timothy Greco and his trusted team are skilled at all types of facial treatments and procedures that help counter the effects of aging and reduce facial scarring.
Greco MD focuses on the face, head, and neck at their in-office, state-certified aesthetic surgical center. If you are interested in having a microneedling treatment, we can help!
Get in touch today to schedule a consultation with Greco MD’s licensed medical aesthetician. For appointments, call (610) 664-8830 or check the provider’s schedule online.