Micro Needling

A Safe, Chemical-free Treatment that Stimulates New Collagen Production

Micro-needling, also known as skin needling, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. In medical terminology, it is also referred to as collagen induction therapy and percutaneous collagen induction.

With this procedure, one of our nurses will use a small device with fine needles to puncture the skin for a controlled skin injury. These tiny wounds stimulate the body to produce new collagen and elastin within the dermis, the deep part of the skin, as well as in new capillaries for improved blood supply through the process of neo-vascularization and neo-collagenesis.

The creation of the micro-wounds also allows topical products to penetrate deeper into the skin than they normally would, greatly increasing the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients. After the procedure, the nurse applies hyaluronic acid to further help with the production of collagen. Topical anesthetic cream is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.

Micro-needling can be done on virtually any part of the body including the face, chest, hands, arms and legs. The treatment can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach.

This procedure is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed. Micro-needling can be performed on all skin colors and types, and there is minimal downtime. Micro-needling provides improvement for:

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin texture
  • Reduction in acne scars,
  • Reduction in pore size
  • Reduction in stretch marks
  • Stretch marks

Micro-needling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains growth factors, FGF and PDGF, which can aid in the repair process of tissue and skin. These growth factors promote cell growth, tissue repair and the production of new collagen. Micro-needling delivers them deeper into the skin, giving them better absorption.

PRP therapy is performed by collecting blood from the patient and spinning it in a centrifuge for 15 minutes to separate platelets from blood. The separated blood, now platelet-rich plasma, is drawn out and can then be injected or delivered by micro-needling back into the patient.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of needling sessions needed depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require four to six treatments. An interval of four to six weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Some redness may occur immediately after treatment, but it usually subsides by the next day.