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Microneedling with Dr. Nina Naidu
Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine for treating the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. During this procedure, controlled micro-injuries are created in the skin in order to naturally produce collagen and elastin. The result is softer wrinkles and fine lines. With deeper treatments, scar tissue and stretch marks can be reduced in appearance. Skin needling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile Micropen® needle head. The procedure is normally completed within 30 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site.
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed.
Relative contraindications to the procedure include a history of keloids, actinic (solar) keratosis, herpes simplex, diabetes, and the presence of raised moles or warts in the area of treatment. Absolute contraindications include scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, cardiac disease, blood clotting disorders, active bacterial or fungal infection, immuno-suppression, pregnancy, and nursing.
Depending upon your goals, you may wish to undergo a second treatment in 4-6 weeks. Patients who wish to address fine lines, uneven texture, large pores, uneven skin tone, and minor blemishes may require one treatment every 6 months. Patients with moderate to deep wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and deeper scars may require 3-6 treatments at 6-8 week intervals. Microneedling is very effective at improving the appearance of the skin with even just a single treatment, but it will not stop the aging process. You are advised to use an antioxidant, growth factor serum, and sunscreen as part of your daily skincare regimen to help slow the effects of the environment and aging on your skin.
Introduction (what is Microneedling)
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Insuction Therapy (CIT), is a treatment in which controlled micro-injuries are created in the skin to stimulation the natural production of collagen and elastin.
What Issues Can Microneedling Address?
Microneedling can address fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tone and pigmentation, uneven scars, stretch marks, and large pores.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
Good candidates for microneedling include patients in good health who have realistic expectations about results from this procedure.
Is There Anyone Who is Not Considered a Good Candidate for a Microneedling Procedure?
Contraindications to microneedling include keloids, actinic keratosis, and warts or moles in the area of treatment. Absolute contraindications include scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, active infections, immune-deficiency, pregnancy, and active breastfeeding.
How to Prepare for Your Microneedling Procedure
Prior to microneedling, stop all retinol medications and aspirin for 10 days. If you take Accutane, you should not have a treatment for one year. If you have a history of cold sores, advise your physician who will prescribe an anti-viral medication to use prior to and after your procedure.
Your Microneedling Procedure: What to Expect
Prior to the procedure, your skin is cleansed and a topical anesthetic is placed for 20 minutes.
The Microneedling Treatment:
After the anesthetic has been removed, a sterile set of micro needles is used with a mechanical device to create tiny micropunctures in the skin. The depth of puncture is determined by your skin type, and the area of concern. For example, acne scars will generally require deeper treatments. A calming ointment is placed on the skin after treatment.
What to Expect as You Recover
Your skin will be red for up to 24 hours. Expect to have mild tingling and tightness of the skin for the first 1-2 days after the procedure. You will be given a home case kit to use for 4-5 days, after which you may return to your regular routine.
Your skin will appear to have a healthy glow 1-2 days after the procedure secondary to the increased blow flow. Microneedling is believed to increase collagen production in the skin, and in general 4-6 treatments are required for sustained results.
Microneedling Risks and Complications
Risks of microneedling include pain, bruising, sustained redness, and infection.