Microneedling has become a popular procedure over the past few years and is used to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns.
I will be discussing the following:
What it is
Microneedling at our med spa
Microneedling and scars/skin imperfections
Microneedling and hair loss
Microneedling and pigmentation
Is this treatment for you?
Side effects and complications
If you are thinking about getting microneedling treatment(s) done, or are considering microneedling as a treatment option, let me help you with your decision.
What is microneedling and how does it work?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses microneedles to puncture the skin. During treatment, a fraction of your skin is being punctured while the rest is spared, thus acting as a reservoir to heal the injured skin. The microtrauma to the skin allows for your body’s natural healing cascade to begin, thus, stimulating collagen production in the papillary layer of the dermis. An increased production of [new] collagen leads to decreased scarring, improves skin texture and tone, and improves the overall appearance of the skin. The results of microneedling allows for improved delivery to the skin of medication serums and PRP treatment.
Most devices used during treatment allows for the depth of the device(s) to be adjusted from 25 µm to 4mm. The depth, or how deep the microneedles will go, is determined by the treatment area, as well as the condition being treated.
What conditions can be treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used to treat and improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, skin tone texture, actinic keratosis, skin pigmentation, and hair loss. Newer devices delivers radio frequency to the tissue, and are being used to treat excessive sweating, acne, skin tightening, and fat reduction.
Utilization of microneedling and our practice:
At West Point Aesthetic Center, microneedling is used to treat wrinkles, scars, skin pigmentation, hair loss, as well as to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
Skin rejuvenation, Scars, Wrinkles, and Stretch Marks:
Studies have demonstrated, statistically, a significant increase in collagen type I, II, and VII, production. This allows for the overall improvement of scars in nearly all patients receiving microneedling to improve the appearance of scars.
Studies have also indicated microneedling to be just as effective as fractional treatment from an embrium laser.
At West Point, we combine microneedling with peptide gell or PRP to improve the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Microneedling can also be combined with Radiesse filler to optimize results when treating stretch marks. Combining Radiesse with Microneedling to treat stretch marks allows us to fill the atrophic tretch marks, stimulating collagen production, and leaving you with better results.
Radiesse is a dermal filler used to smooth out wrinkles, as well as used to stimulate your body’s natural ability to produce collagen.
Hair loss – Alopecia and Alopecia Areata:
To treat hair loss, microneedling is commonly combined with PRP, PRP fibrinogen, or minoxidil. For alopecia areata, combining microneedling with topical triamcinolone acetonide application can give a better response.
Pigmentation – Melasma and Pigmentation around the Lips:
To treat these conditions, we combine microneedling with hydroquinone and topical agents such as Skin Medica’s Lytera or the Obagi NuDerm system.
Is Microneedling right for you:
Microneedling has very little side effects, so it is the perfect treatment for anyone looking to improve skin tone/texture and decrease the visibility of scarring. Desired results may require multiple treatments, with most people requiring 3-6 treatments spaced out between 4-6 weeks before seeing noticeable results
Studies have shown people, themselves and objective, viewers have seen a 45-55% improvement to their skin 6-12 weeks after having received treatment.
Who should not have this treatment:
It is best to avoid microneedling when the with following applies to you:
History of Keloids
On Blood Thinner Medication
Receiving Chemotherapy or Radiation
*We also recommend avoiding mechanical microneedling while struggling with active acne. Radio frequency microneedling can be used to treat acne/breakouts.
Side effects or complications:
Microneedling is an overall safe procedure, though with every procedure comes risk. The most common side effect associated with microneedling is redness of the skin and irritation; both side effects will subside within a couple hours of receiving treatment.
Skin infections after receiving treatment can occur if non-sterile techniques were used during treatment. Treatment can also reactivate acne and or herpes infections. Allergic reaction to materials used during treatment have also been reported.
Though much less very frequent than in any other ablative or skin resurfacing treatment, transient post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkness of the skin) can occur after treatment
To summarize Micro needling is effective treatment for scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss and it being used for multiple other conditions.
All procedures have benefits and side effects and you should consult with your physician to determine what is an appropriate treatment for you. We invite you to book a consultation with us if you would like to discuss this treatment