Micro-Needling is a non-laser procedure that works to rejuvenate and tighten the skin surface with improvements in texture, sun damage and scarring. It is effective over a series of treatments in reducing fine-lines, pores, pigmentation, stretch marks, surgical scars and acne scars. It is safe on any skin type (but not tanned skin) with minimal discomfort. Fractional micro-needling – or collagen induction therapy (CIT) – uses tiny needles to stamp the skin in a controlled and precise pattern. The stamping action creates micro-injuries to the skin, which stimulates new collagen production. In doing so, these micro-injuries encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to repair the skin through normal physiological processes.
For maximal improvement we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart, although longer intervals between treatments are acceptable. Some conditions with more severe textural changes such as surgical or acne scarring may require more treatments. Micro-needling does not replace ablative laser resurfacing which still provides the best results for lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. However, micro-needling offers an excellent complement to laser resurfacing. As a minimal downtime procedure, micro-needling treatments can be spaced between or after laser treatments to enhance and maintain the effects of laser resurfacing, thus taking advantage of the synergy of these treatment modalities.
Micro-needling allows for the enhanced and controlled absorption of active topical agents such as Tensage growth factors, which are applied to the skin before treatment and continued on a daily basis after treatment. The topicals enter the micro-injuries created by the needles and penetrate deep into the skin where their effects are most beneficial. The choice of topical is determined by the unique needs of your skin.