Microneedling 101: What You Need to Know

Let’s talk about microneedling!

Our Microneedling Device

Our Microneedling Device

Microneedling is gaining popularity as a skin treatment for improving the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, pigment and melasma, and large pores. It is also used to improve skin lines and laxity. Overall, our patients are seeing impressive results with microneedling and with good reason.  You may have heard of the Vampire Facial. The Vampire Facial is microneedling with the patient’s own plasma, or a blood component. At Fresh You Clinic, we use potent vitamin and peptide serums instead of plasma for our needling process.

We want to give you a little guide into what Microneedling is, exactly, and why it is important to seek a skincare expert for advice and treatment.

You may sometimes see microneedling also referred to as “Microneedling CIT.” This is a more accurate term for the treatment itself with CIT being short for Collagen Induction Therapy.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Tiny needles are directly inserted into the skin via an electronically-powered device, causing a series of microchannels within the skin. This action stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing response, which ultimately causes the release of various growth factors. As this occurs, deep into the layers of the skin, the formation of brand new collagen and elastin is stimulated

As new collagen and elastin are formed, it improves the overall laxity of the skin, leaving the skin appearing more youthful, and improving the overall appearance.  

Microneedling is not just for aged skin, however; It can also be used preventatively to help with premature aging of the skin as well.

What Can I Expect In A Microneedling Treatment?

The entire clinic visit lasts about one hour. On treatment day, please be prepared for the following:

  • Prior to beginning your treatment, you will be asked to tie your hair back or wear a hairband and cleanse the skin of the treatment area. 

  • A gentle cleanser and washcloths will be provided for you. 

  • If it is your very first treatment, clinical photos will be taken beforehand (with your permission), so that your treatment provider may perform a skin analysis. Your photos become part of your private medical record and are not available for anyone else to see.

Before starting the procedure, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your skin, to minimize any potential discomfort. Numbing typically takes 25-30 minutes.

After the numbing agent is removed and your skin is thoroughly cleansed, we will begin the needling process.

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An Environ serum is used during treatment for the delivery of active ingredients below the skin surface. The type of serum used depends on your individual skin health needs. Microneedling allows for deep delivery of active ingredients into the skin.  We use the Innopen and we make 3-4 passes across your skin at various needle depths: 0.5mm, 1mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm. Once we get to 2mm, there is discomfort over the bony areas. Don’t worry. It is transient. There is some bleeding and this is totally ok.  The bleeding stops nearly as soon as it starts.  

We end with a cooling alginate mask and some SPF.

Immediately post-treatment your skin will be red and may feel a bit tight. This is normal and usually resolves within 48 hours, depending on the depth of treatment.

Dr. White immediately after her first Innopen treatment.

Dr. White immediately after her first Innopen treatment.

As your skin heals, you can expect some light flaking and shedding of the skin. This is completely normal and usually occurs on days 3-5 post-treatment.  Then, you start to notice a real glow and rejuvenation start at the 20 day mark and will continue until about 28 days.  

Choose Where You Do Microneedling Wisely.

There are two main things to consider when choosing where to get your microneedling treatment:

A clinic that has highly trained, experienced practitioners performing treatments.

A clinic that utilizes only the best equipment, devices, and products.

We recommend coming for three treatments right away (more if we are targeting scarring or pigmentation/melasma) spaced between two and four weeks apart, then for one maintenance treatment every 6 months.  Each treatment is $275.

We offer microneedling in Bancroft only.