The concept of creating a micro-injury to have the skin initiate healing processes isn’t a new one. Microneedling was introduced with a dermaroller in the 1950s, but didn’t catch on. A form of microneedling reappeared in the 1990s using tattoo guns without ink to treat post-surgical scarring.
More recent improvements, such as the handheld microneedling pen, make today’s microneedling at Creative Image Laser Solutions a great option to improve your skin texture and firmness, and to reduce large pores, stretch marks, and scars.
How does microneedling work?
At Creative Image Laser Solutions, we use the Rejuvapen, which features nine micro-needles. We move the handheld micropen across the treatment areas, and the needles move up and down to the selected penetration depth (up to 2mm) creating hundreds of tiny microscopic punctures/wounds. These punctures penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and enter the dermis layer. The wounds are microscopic and the untouched skin around each puncture gets busy healing them immediately. But your body perceives these punctures as injuries and it initiates a wound-healing response. This involves producing new amounts of collage and elastin to send to the “wounds” to heal them. Collagen is a protein responsible for providing the skin’s structural support framework. Elastin makes the skin firm, yet pliable.
In addition to triggering the would-healing mechanisms, these punctures enable us to apply topical gels, serums, and creams that penetrate into the skin far more efficiently. These topical applications further enhance the skin.
Why is collagen important?
Collagen is a protein in the body that is responsible for providing the skin’s structural framework. It does this by creating a latticework in the dermis, the skin’s second layer. This makes the skin firm and keeps it free of wrinkles and sagging. The problem with our collagen production is that every year after we turn 20 our body produces one additional percentage point less collagen than the previous year. So, when you turn 45, you body now is producing one quarter less collagen. That’s why our older skin begins to sag, show areas of volume loss, and allows the formation of lines, creases, and wrinkles.
Microneedling, by triggering a wound-healing response, reverses this trend by getting the body to creating new collagen to send to the treatment areas.
Who would be a good candidate for microneedling?
At Creative Image Laser Solutions, use microneedling on all skin tones and it doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation. It can be used anywhere on the body, but the face, neck, and décolletage are the typical targets.
Here are skin conditions we treat with microneedling:
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines
- Uneven texture
- Stretch marks
Does microneedling hurt?
Our Brownwood, Texas patients often ask about microneedling, assuming it is a painful treatment. After all, it would seem that puncturing your skin hundreds of times would hurt. It does not. We apply a topical numbing cream prior to your procedure, plus the needles used on our microneedling pen are very thin. Patients equate the feeling of microneedling as similar to light sandpaper being moved across the skin.
Is there recovery after a microneedling session?
Immediately following your session, your skin will appear red and flushed, similar to a mild sunburn. The degree of redness correlates to how many passes are made over the area and the depth of the needle penetration. This redness usually passes by the next day. You may have some slight swelling, and your skin will feel a little tight for a day or so. If you can arrange it, it’s a good idea to have your microneedling session as an after-work procedure. That way, your skin can calm down overnight.
When will I see results?
There is an immediate “glow” after your treatment session, but the true results from microneedling at Creative Image Laser Solutions build over time. This is because your collagen and elastin production ramps up and continues. Visible changes with the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Your results can continue to improve for up to six months.
How long will they last?
How long your results will last is variable between patients. Your body will have produced new collagen and elastin and that isn’t going anywhere. Still, your collagen production does continue to decline with age. That’s why we recommend from 4 to 6 microneedling sessions over the course of the year. This keeps your skin constantly renewing itself. Sessions need to be spaced at least six weeks apart.
Are there risks with microneedling?
The only real risk with microneedling is the slight risk of infection. But at Creative Image Laser Solutions, we use a new sterilized tip for the microneedling pen for every patient, ensuring sterilization. Otherwise, the micropunctures created by the microneedles fully heal within just a couple of hours.