If you are looking to improve fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, acne scarring or your skin just needs an anti-aging boost, microneedling might be the treatment for you. Microneedling stimulates the body’s wound healing process to create collagen and elastin in the skin. Schedule an appointment with Amélie by phone or online to learn more.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It works by creating tiny micro-injuries in the skin using a sterile, single use needle cartridge. It uses your body’s natural wound healing process to create new collagen and elastin in the skin and one treatment can produce as much as you lose over the course of an entire year.
At Amelie we use SkinPen which is the first FDA approved microneedling pen that’s cleared for the face and neck that has no risk of cross contamination. We can treat the face and neck for anti-aging benefits as well as acne scarring on the face.
What are the benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling increases collagen production in the skin which can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, remodels scar tissue, and can help some with pigmentation. One of the other major benefits of microneedling is the minimal downtime. You should expect 24hrs where you avoid heat, sun, and sweating of any kind. Your skin may be pink for up to 5 days and you will have an aftercare kit you use for that time but you may wear makeup 24hrs after your treatment.
You can expect an overall brighter, more radiant complexion, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, smoother skin texture, and more even skin tone. If you are targeting acne scarring with microneedling you can expect to see remodeling of the scar tissue as well which can dramatically change how it looks and feels. Results from a microneedling start at about 2 weeks with full results seen in about 4-6 weeks post-procedure. The team at Amélie might recommend microneedling:
- More radiant skin
- Improved fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved scarring
- Smoother texture
Is Microneedling Painful?
Microneedling is a relatively comfortable treatment. You feel the vibration and afterwards it feels like a sunburn or windburn, tender but not painful. We numb before we start and if for some reason you still feel discomfort we do have several other tips and tricks for managing discomfort at our disposal.
How Should I Prepare For My Microneedling?
Before your microneedling you should :
- All exfoliants and other harsh skin treatments
- Direct sun exposure
- Tanning beds
- Dermal fillers
- Ibuprofen, aspirin, and other blood thinners
Following these steps minimizes your risks, failure to follow these can result in unwanted complications. After your microneedling you will have about 24hrs of downtime. Your skin may be red for up to 5 days and you will use a gentle aftercare kit. You should plan to avoid heat, sun, and sweating for 24hrs.