Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It is a versatile treatment that addresses a wide range of skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture. By creating controlled micro-injuries to the skin’s surface, the procedure triggers the body’s natural healing process, leading to the production of new collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, you can enjoy firmer, smoother, healthy and youthful skin.
- Intensifies trans-dermal delivery of topical serums
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving epidermis tone and texture
- Minimizes stretch marks
- Effectively tightening, lifting and thickening the epidermis
- Improves the appearance of scars
- Reduces pore size
- Minimizes sun damage, hyperpigmentation and melasma
- Increases absorption of cosmeceutical solutions
Microneedling creates superficial micro-channels which allows customized medical grade serums, to be absorbed effectively into the skin, enhancing treatment results. The micro-piercings created by the device stimulates production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
A Novo Skincare trained technician will start by cleansing the skin and applying a topical numbing cream before starting treatment. Your technician will then adjust the speed of the reciprocating needle tip for optimal results and to minimize any discomfort. A topical serum is applied during treatment, the microneedling device consisting of tiny needles is carefully moved over areas of the epidermis creating micro piercing.
Some clients associate the feeling of treatment with the sensation of sandpaper being moved across the skin.
Microneedling treatments last on average between four to six weeks, for most people. That said, the required amount of treatments and exact time frame is contingent on your skin issues, age, skin type, and how your skin responds to the treatment.
Clients have reported seeing initial results just a week after their first treatment. These initial results may be skin tone evening up, reduced pore visibility, or a small reduction in the visibility of acne.
The exact number of treatments and the time between them will vary by type, location, and skin concern. Typically, four to six treatments are recommended once every four to six weeks. The effects of microneedling are not permanent, once maximum results have been reached, your technician will start scheduling maintenance treatments, which may be anywhere between six to twelve months apart.
Microneedling works best for depressed — not raised — acne scars, this has to do with the collagen inducing effects. If you have raised acne scars, you already have excess collagen in the area. Some studies have also noted that the effects of microneedling on acne scars are even better when the treatments are combined with vitamin C or PRP.
If you have active acne, or tender acne cysts, do not microneedle over those areas. It is also advised that you don’t have any open lesions such as cold sores or cystic acne, because microneedling can potentially cause a severe outbreak.
Unlike other minimally invasive skin corrective treatments, such as laser therapy, microneedling is considered safe for darker skin tones, this is because it doesn’t damage or remove the outer layer of skin. Microneedling is considered safe for thin and sensitive skin, can also be used anywhere on the body, and the procedure is safe for all skin types and color.
Recovery after this treatment depends on the length and density of the needles used and the number of overlapping passes. On average, patients experience mild redness and swelling for 2-4 days. The skin will be pink or red in appearance for 24-48 hours, much like a sunburn with some minor bleeding and in rear occasions some mild bruising.