I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite aesthetic techniques I have used over the years. Micro Needling is probably my favorite due to its efficacy, safety, and quick recovery time. I have to admit, when I first started performing this micro-puncture technique in my practice, I never expected to see such powerful results, much less the absolutely stunning level of patient satisfaction.
|Non-recommended dermal roller (L) vs Recommended motorized micro needling device (R).|
So what is Micro Needling?
It is actually a very basic technique that has been used for over a thousand years. Simply put, it is the puncturing of the skin using needles. However, in today's medical age, the process has become supremely advanced and much more effective. The system I have used in my medical spa is the Dermapen. This pen-like device contains 12 very fine needles that puncture the skin thousands of times with a motorized system.
What can I use to compliment the Micro Needling procedure?
I always use some type of topical treatments when using this procedure. These topicals can range from using hyaluronic acid to the high end of using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) which we isolate from you blood just prior to the procedure. Using topicals with micro needling is key as the skin has thousands of open puncture channels that can absorb these nutrients more effectively and much deeper than intact skin. I use a various array of hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin/mineral solutions.
Side note: I actually created my Healing Oils Serum just for this procedure actually, because I wanted a natural, organic formula to help calm and nourish the freshly treated skin. I was surprised with how effective it was and that is the reason why I started to sell it publicly apart from using it as a part of my micro needling recovery process.
Does it hurt?
No! This is one of the most painless procedures because I use a topical anesthetic (such as lidocaine) prior to the procedure. There might be some slight discomfort in sensitive areas (nose, around eyes, etc), but this is usually minimal and I have never had a patient unable to tolerate the procedure.
What results can I expect?
We recommend this treatment to nearly everyone to reverse the effects of aging and to improve the quality and appearance of the skin. It can be used for fine lines, discolorations, scars, acne scars, skin tightening, etc. One of the most remarkable results that patients notice is their skin is more even and homogeneous, resulting in a "glow" and fresh appearance. The results continue to improve over weeks as the skin produces collagen, regenerates and repairs itself. The results are so impressive, in my own practice, nearly every patient has requested this procedure repeatedly!
What is the recovery period?
Immediately after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and will look something akin to a sunburn. Every patient is different, some can appear to have had nothing done in just a few hours. The redness for the most part will be gone by the next day, you can return to work without issues, just apply makeup to the areas that are still red or bruised (bruising is minimal as well). Some patients request more aggressive micro needling (i.e. for acne scars) and the redness will persist for a few days, but again can be covered with makeup.
Is it expensive?
The good news is that micro needling procedures are usually some of the most affordable aesthetic medical procedures. They usually cost less than a laser session and likely similar to the cost of a very high end facial.
What about Micro Needling roller devices?
I absolutely do not recommend these. They create uneven puncturing of the skin and the results are extremely poor compared to a medical micro needling procedure such as the Dermapen. You must make sure that the device's needles enter perpendicular to the skin, which is something rollers can not do. I also don't recommend rollers from a cleanliness perspective. Some devices are marketed for home use, but I advice against doing this at home. This is a process that should be done in skilled hands.
I'm excited about Micro Needling, what should I ask my cosmetic physician?
First make sure they are not using a rolling device! I prefer the Dermapen, or another device that works similarly. Ask what depth they will puncture (I usually recommend 0.25mm to 0.75mm for most procedures, deeper for more significant wrinkles or scars). Ask what topicals they recommend (I recommend PRP, although this can be quite costly, if not, some form of sealed vitamin/mineral/hyaluronic complex). Then use a natural-based gentle moisturizer after the procedure.
I am posting a video of Dermapen for educational and illustrative purposes only. I am not receiving any financial or promotional compensation from Dermapen, but I do absolutely believe that their microneedling device is superior (after all I use this in my practice!) and effective.
Hope this helps! Remember stay safe, and only receive cosmetic treatments by a medical professional you trust. Send us a message if you have questions about the procedure or tell us about your micro needling journey.