Along with many other trusted plastic surgeons and skin care experts, I have embraced a new non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment known as microneedling. Microneedling involves making tiny, controlled wounds in the skin to trigger the body’s natural growth factors, new collagen and elastin, and to help skin care products penetrate more deeply. This process can minimize the appearance of superficial imperfections on the face, neck and décolletage, and give the skin a beautiful, healthy glow.
Is This You?
Here are some of the most common reasons I hear from people considering microneedling:
- I have fine lines and wrinkles.
- My skin makes me look older than I am.
- I have areas of sun damage.
- I am embarrassed by melasma or hyperpigmentation.
- I want to minimize noticeable acne scarring.
- My skin has a rough or uneven texture.
- I am looking for a non-surgical treatment solution.
If you can relate to any of the above statements, I welcome you to call or email our practice and schedule a microneedling consultation. After learning more about your skin rejuvenation needs and goals, I can recommend whether microneedling or another treatment can deliver the best results.
The Microneedling Process
Microneedling is performed with a pen-like instrument that has 12 to 36 tiny micro-needles on its tip. The entire face is first numbed with a topical ointment, to ensure a painless treatment. After applying a thin layer of serum to the skin, the pen is gently moved across the skin’s surface, where it creates thousands of micro-channels in the skin This process triggers the body’s natural production of growth factors, fresh collagen and elastin for smoother and thicker skin. The microneedling process will also help topical skin care products penetrate more deeply. The number of passes I make depends on the patient’s individual skin health and skin regimen.
I use the state-of-the-art Collagen P.I.N.™, which offers an adjustable needle depth. This is helpful in treating the varying thickness of the skin tissue in the face, neck and décolletage. It works just as well on areas with thinner skin, like the forehead and crow’s feet, as on areas with thicker skin, like the cheek and upper lip. Microneedling with the Collagen P.I.N. is highly preferred to other treatments because it works without causing as much damage to the epidermis as dermal rolling or laser treatment.
Although my microneedling patients usually start to see results one to two weeks after the first treatment, a series of three to six treatments, spaced four weeks apart, is recommended. My team and I will help design a treatment schedule based on your individual needs and goals. If you have deep wrinkles, substantial skin damage or scarring, you may need more than six treatments to see your desired results. Ultimately, new collagen and elastin formation in the skin often results in visible improvement for up to one year.
Recovery and Results
There is virtually no downtime after microneedling with the Collagen P.I.N. Skin may look slightly pink or have moderate redness, but there are very few other side effects. We strongly recommend using products provided to you exclusively for the first four days. Mineral-based make up may be used if necessary during this period of time. After full recovery, you may continue your usual product regimen.
Schedule a Microneedling Consultation
For more information about microneedling treatment and whether it can help address your particular skin concerns, please call or email Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery today.
Top Collagen P.I.N. FAQs
How many Collagen P.I.N. treatments will I need?
Usually three to six treatments, spaced four weeks apart, is recommended. This number is based on the specific areas that need to be corrected. Patients with scarring, deep wrinkles and substantial sun damage typically require six or more treatments to see results.
How long will it take me to see results?
The majority of patients notice results after the first treatment. However, individual results vary based on the health of the skin. Expect to see improvements one to two weeks after your first treatment.
How long will my microneedling results last?
Microneedling triggers the formation of new collagen and elastin for firmer, more youthful looking skin. The results typically last a year after treatment. You can prolong your results by using the skin care regimen that we recommend.
Does microneedling hurt?
No, microneedling does not hurt. Prior to treatment, the area is numbed with a topical agent. At the very most, some patients rate the discomfort as a 2 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest).
How will I look after my microneedling treatment?
Your skin might look slightly pink to moderately red for up to 24 hours after treatment. We can recommend products to minimize these symptoms and enhance the results.
Can I use makeup after my treatment?
We recommend you use only mineral-based makeup for the first four days after treatment, because it cannot build bacteria. After that, you can return to your regular face makeup products.