Micro needling is an advanced cosmetic treatment that can help rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the skin. Compared to other cosmetic skin care treatments, it is less invasive and does not require a long recovery period or down time.
Read on to learn more about micro needling benefits and what to expect from a micro needling treatment with the professionals at North Shore Medical Spa.
What Is Micro Needling?
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), micro needling is a skin treatment that works by triggering a cascade of healing factors that stimulate the growth of new skin cells and the production of skin-supporting proteins known as collagen and elastin. This can leave skin looking fresher, tighter, and healthier.
What Happens During Micro Needling Treatments?
During a micro needling session, a specialist will first offer an anesthetic cream or ointment to numb the surface of the skin. They will then use a tool with tiny sterilized needles to create small punctures in the surface of the skin. These microinjuries will stimulate the release of proteins that improve the texture and appearance of the skin, reducing imperfections such as scars and stretchmarks. The procedure should not hurt, but it can cause a scratching or tickling sensation.
What Happens After a Micro Needling Treatment?
At North Shore Medical Spa, micro needling treatments last 60 minutes, and they require no down time afterward—patients can return to their work or daily activities immediately.
Here is an example of a typical recovery timeline after a micro needling treatment:
- Day 1: The skin in the treatment area may appear red and swollen.
- Day 2: The redness and swelling of the skin may be more pronounced, and may appear similar to a sunburn.
- Day 3: The redness of the skin in the treatment area will likely be residing, and the swelling will have resolved.
Everyone’s skin is unique, so this timeline may differ slightly depending on each person’s particular skin composition and sensitivity.
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What Are the Benefits of a Micro Needling Treatment?
Micro needling can be a highly effective way to restore skin to a more refreshed and rejuvenated state. After undergoing a treatment, patients can enjoy the following benefits:
- Reduced pore size
- Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
- Tighter, lifted, and revitalized skin
- Fewer stretch marks
- Reduced appearance of facial scars, including acne scarring
It can take two to three weeks for patients to experience the effects of collagen and elastin production caused by micro needling, and the procedure can continue exerting its effects on collagen production for up to 6 months.
What Is the Typical Micro Needling Treatment Course?
Patients can begin to see results from micro needling following their first treatment. However, the professionals at North Shore Medical Spa typically recommend 3 to 5 treatments in order to achieve most skin care goals. Micro needling treatments are usually scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart in order to make sure that the skin has had a chance to fully heal in between sessions.
Who May Benefit from a Micro Needling Treatment?
Micro needling can be an effective skin care treatment for people who are looking for a minimally invasive method of skin rejuvenation, or for patients who suffer from a number of different skin concerns, such as wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, scars, skin laxity, sun damage, melasma, or stretch marks.
While micro needling can be utilized to improve a number of skin conditions, there are also scenarios in which it is not appropriate, and it may cause serious side effects. Patients who are experiencing certain medical conditions in a potential treatment area, such as a chronic skin condition or infection, should avoid micro needling.
How to Learn More About Micro Needling
At North Shore Medical Spa, we aim to provide our patients with the best service, products, and treatments available for restoring and maintaining beautiful skin and a natural appearance. Micro needling is a minimally invasive procedure that we are excited to offer, and it can be a simple and effective way to achieve fresher, more rejuvenated skin.
To learn more about micro needling procedures at North Shore Medical Spa, or to receive a free skin analysis, contact us today.