What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also called fractional collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. Microneedling helps generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin.
Your aesthetic team at Benessere Clinic has been trained to use the Rejuvapen™ microneedling device created by market leader Refine USA. The Rejuvapen is a remarkable, non-laser, non-surgical treatment that causes skin to stimulate collagen production and fresh, new tissue that helps to tighten your skin. Your wrinkles, fine lines, scarring and hyperpigmentation significantly diminish. Pores become finer and the overall health and circulation of your skin is improved.
What Does Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling is mostly used on the face to treat:
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Age spots/sunspots
• Acne scars
• Other types of scars
• Large pores
• Uneven skin tone
• Reduced skin elasticity
It can also be used to treat stretch marks and scarring on other parts of the body.
What to Expect
When you arrive at the Benessere Clinic for microneedling treatment, your aesthetic team will review the procedure and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Your provider will use a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce the chances of pain. This is done before the procedure while you are having your consultation. Next, she will use the Rejuvapen to make small pricks in your skin. The pen will be moved evenly across your skin so that the new skin will rejuvenate evenly as well. The actual microneedling process typically takes about 30-45 minutes. After the procedure, the provider may apply a calming serum to your skin to help with any discomfort or prickly sensations.
It takes about four weeks for your skin to naturally synthesize new collagen, and it will take about four months for you to see the full effect of your Rejuvapen treatments.
Your Benessere Clinic team will advise you on how many treatments you will need, but most patients receive four treatments, spaced four weeks apart.
How Does It Work?
The Rejuvapen is slightly larger than an electric toothbrush. The end has a small cartridge with precisely spaced micro needles that are placed on your skin to create invisible, vertical, micro perforations into the top layers of your skin. Depths are tailored to each patient’s skin type and needs.
These small perforations trigger your skin’s natural repair response to start producing collagen and elastin. The self-repairing ability of your skin is an all-natural form of skin renewal.
The adjustable needles on the Rejuvapen range in length from .2mm to 2.5mm – allowing your provider to customize treatments from more simple skin freshening to deeper scar repair.
What Procedures Enhance Microneedling?
There are additional treatments you can add on to your microneedling procedure to further improve your skin. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be added as an injection- Vampire Facelift®, or topical treatment during and after microneedling-Vampire Facial®, to help improve results and healing and decrease redness and swelling. It is often used with microneedling to help treat acne scars.
Microneedling may also be enhanced by adding a chemical peel. Your Benessere Clinic expert will apply a chemical solution to your face that stimulates rapid skin cell growth by destroying the outer layer of skin. Chemical peels have been used for many years and are an effective way to improve the texture and look of your skin, especially when combined with microneedling.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Are there any side effects or risks with microneedling?
A: Like any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated with microneedling. The most severe side effects are bleeding, bruising, infection, and peeling. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation.
Q: Is there anyone who should avoid a microneedling treatment?
A: You should not consider microneedling if you are pregnant, have skin diseases like psoriasis or eczema, have open wounds or have recently undergone radiation therapy.
Q: How long does it take to recover from a microneedling treatment?
A: Most people can go back to work or school immediately after the non-invasive microneedling procedure. You may wish to apply a recommended camouflaging makeup for a few days until the redness goes away.
Q: Do I have to stop taking my medications before a microneedling treatment?
A: Your doctor may recommend that you stop using topical retinoids, blood thinners, fish oil and ibuprofen before your treatment. But it’s always wise to have a discussion with your doctor before stopping any medication use.
Q: Do I need to use sunscreen after my microneedling treatment?
A: We would advise you to use sunscreen every day, regardless of any aesthetic treatments. But it is especially important to use sunscreen after any treatment that weakens your skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Facials -Vampire Facials®
Using the body’s own natural resources, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is topically applied in combination with microneedling. This technique drives the PRP into the undersurface of the skin (dermis). This brings an increased concentration of anti-inflammatory property factors to the treatment site to stimulate new cell growth and regeneration. It is formulated to treat the overall loss of volume in the aging complexion.
• Rejuvenates skin.
• Increases volume.
• Improves tone, texture and luminosity of the skin.
• Stimulates new blood vessel formation and connective tissue repair (collagen and elastin).
• Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminishes the appearance of acne scarring.
• Decreases pore size.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Typically, the procedure is one-two hours. A numbing cream is applied to the face 15-30 minutes before the procedure.
Q: What is the downtime?
A: The face is slightly swollen and red for a couple of days. By day three the improved results are noticeable.
Q: Where is the blood removed from?
A: Blood is drawn from the arm and then spun in a centrifuge where the plasma rises to the top. It is then injected back into your face using extremely tiny, sterile needles.