Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure performed at Colleyville Dermatology utilizing state-of-the-art technology called SkinPen®, the first FDA-approved device for implementing the procedure. Microneedling is a minimally invasive method of restoring elastin and collagen to the skin which can improve the appearance of:
- Acne and other scars
- Fine lines
- Age spots/sunspots
- Uneven texture
- Inconsistent pigment
- Stretch marks
- Large pores
- Sagging skin
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling incorporates small needles to prick the skin which then triggers the immune system to generate new collagen. The procedure is typically used on areas of the face but has also been found to be effective on stretchmarks when combined with other dermatological treatments.
After applying a topical anesthetic, your dermatologist applies the SkinPen evenly across the skin. After the little pricks are made in the skin, the healing and rejuvenation begin.
The microneedling repair process happens in three stages:
- Stage 1: The inflammation from the tiny piercings increases blood flow to begin the regeneration of collagen-rich tissue.
- Stage 2: The small wounds are rebuilt with the new cells and blood vessels.
- Stage 3: The skin is remodeled when the new dermal cells and blood vessels completely replace the wounds.
Other benefits of microneedling include:
- Minimally invasive, quick, in-office procedure
- Safe and effective
- Brighter, healthier-looking skin
- Minimal downtime
The microneedling procedure only takes about 30 minutes, with the entire time in-office being approximately one hour. To achieve optimal results, several sessions should be performed over a period of time which will be determined based on individual needs and expectations.
Some minor redness and/or irritation usually occurs after the procedure but subsides within a few days.
Microneedling is not recommended if you:
- Have a skin disorder, such as psoriasis or eczema
- Have open wounds
- Are pregnant
- Are undergoing or have recently had radiation therapy
- Have a history of keloid formation
Prior to your microneedling procedure, your dermatologist will advise you on specific ways to prepare for an optimal outcome. Microneedling can also be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, for even more dramatic results.