Microneedling is also referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” It’s a minimally invasive service that can improve acne scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, stretch marks, and help tighten lax skin. Research has even shown that melasma can be successfully lightened using microneedling treatments!
So, how does it work? Microneedling causes minuscule and controlled injury to the skin. First, our nurse practitioner Ashley Pontenberg applies a numbing cream to your face. Then, using a device that looks a bit like a pen, she creates hundreds of tiny micro-channels in the skin. (This is another way of saying that she makes teeny little pinpricks all over your face.) Don’t worry though; it only sounds painful. Many patients actually report that it tickles. These micro-injuries activate the wound healing response, which stimulates the formation of new collagen. Also, as each micro-injury in your skin heals, there is an overall tightening effect that occurs, leaving you with smoother, firmer, more even looking skin.
Thanks to all the micro-channels created in the skin, any subsequent product applied can penetrate deeper than it would have otherwise. Active ingredients reach layers of the skin they usually wouldn’t. For this reason, a therapy such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), epidermal growth factors, and/or hyaluronic acid is often used along with microneedling.
PRP has a long history of use across several fields of medicine. In more recent years it has become popular for facial rejuvenation.