One of the newest, minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate the skin is the treatment of Microneedling. Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy that helps with the appearance of many skin imperfections including acne scars, post-traumatic burn scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, hyperhidrosis and many more. A small device that consists of fine needles, the needles create tiny punctures in the skin and in response, the body creates new collagen and elastin in order to heal the punctures. Leaving you with refreshed and revitalized skin with improved look and feel.
With Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, being minimally invasive, the procedure itself lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. It’s performed in the office and is usually well-tolerated by the majority of patients. The skin is first prepped with antiseptic and saline to reduce infection and to clean the area. Then, the skin is stretched and the Mesopen (microneedling instrument) is then rolled about 5 times over the skin in multiple directions. The qualified physician stops rolling the device when the skin bleeds uniformly and is easily kept under control. When the procedure is done, the area treated is rinsed with saline and the patient is given ice to help with any discomfort.
Microneedling comes with minimal side effects. Since it’s a low risk procedure, many don’t experience any side effects aside from slight discomfort at the site. Redness at the site of microneedling will most likely be present as well as swelling. Underlying medical conditions like patients on anticoagulant therapy or with cancer can experience multiple side effects like prolonged bleeding or infection due to a compromised immune system. It’s extremely important to discuss all medical conditions, if any, with your provider prior to receiving Microneedling.
Every patient is different when it comes to the healing process. For most, the healing time is about 3 days. With redness at the site being a side effect, it will show up within the first 12 hours post procedure but should subside after about 3 days. Slight swelling should also subside within the 72 hours depending on the depth of treatment. If your side effects continue after 3 days time, follow up with your provider. Be sure to follow their recovery instructions and call if you notice any signs of infection.