Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is done with an electrified pen with several mini-needles or pins. Microneedling creates micro injuries on the dermal layers of the face or body then a topical serum is applied to induce moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid into the deeper dermal layers, plumping skin and smoothing out wrinkles.
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This process of slight injury and regeneration works the way exercise and proper nutrition prompt the body to build more muscle. Microneedling encourages more qi and blood, collagen and elastin that recreates the skin for a more youthful appearance. As the skin’s healing response is triggered, it gets a second chance to repair wrinkles, scars, open pores, visible blood vessels, puffiness and discoloration. The result is a smoother complexion and a more youthful appearance.
While this all perhaps sounds plausible, you might be wondering if there is any scientific evidence on whether microneedling actually works. Studies published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology and the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Surgery both found microneedling to be safe and effective at treating a variety of skin issues.
According to one study, just “four microneedling treatments of facial skin, spaced four weeks apart, significantly improves lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and skin texture, 90 and 150 days after the first treatment.”
Not only does microneedling stand up to contemporary science, it also has parallels that are firmly based in ancient Chinese Medicine. A technique called seven star, or plum blossom, needling has been used therapeutically for a thousand years. Plum blossom needling uses a dermal hammer, a head with 5 or 7 needles on a stick, which is tapped lightly on the skin to induce a little bleeding, and with it, the release of heat and toxins. It’s not as precise as the derma pen, but plum blossom needling yields pretty amazing results for muscle pain, bronchitis and varicose veins.
Our provider, Hilarey Boly, LAc, has received special training in facial rejuvenation and has been using Microneedling, in conjunction with another lesser utilized branch of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Face Reading. This unique combination is proving to yield a fascinating and comprehensive healing, not just the skin but the underlying cause of wrinkles, facial expressions, and the emotions behind them! According to Chinese Face Reading, the face is a topographic map of our lives and how we’ve lived emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our wrinkles form when we chronically hold emotions. Of course, emotions like joy are good. If we don't make 'laugh lines' as we age, it suggests we’ve not experienced enough joy in life. Conversely, laugh lines that extend deeply to the hair line suggest too much joy or mania.
Common and less attractive wrinkles many of us develop are the single “suspended needle” or the two “11” lines between our eyebrows. These lines indicate repressed anger or frustration and when very defined, tend to make us look angry. These lines obscure the third eye. Repressed anger or frustration create deep grooves that limit intuition, insight or seeing a broader perspective, which curiously just might be the antidote to the anger or frustration.
Experiencing microneedling with a skilled practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Face Reading offers a unique healing journey that provides our patients the opportunity to learn more about their individual facial topography, having their innate talents and proclivities illuminated, along with a new understanding of what might be holding them back. The microneedling assists to smooth the lines and liberate positive new ways of knowing and expressing who and what we truly are: a beauty that illuminates from inside out.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe and effective therapy. There may be some mild discomfort with the treatment. Most of the risks and complications associated with microneedling are to do with skin irritation including: redness, swelling, dry skin, flaking skin. If you have scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that can give your skin a boost. The minimally invasive procedure is hugely popular and requires little to no downtime. Microneedling can treat a myriad of conditions and skin concerns to deliver a deep glow.
How fast does microneedling work?
Most people report seeing a fairly quick reaction to microneedling with their skin starting to improve soon after the procedure. After microneedling, most people notice their skin looks luminous and plump for a few weeks, with full results happening after about a month. Four to six treatments one month apart are recommended with follow up sessions as you wish. Note: For 24-48 hours after a treatment, you may experience redness and sensitivity, like a sunburn.
What skin treatments are best after microneedling?
Because microneedling involves needles and creates small pinpricks in the skin, it is best followed up with hyaluronic acid serum and aloe vera to cool and soothe the skin.
What products should I avoid after treatment?
Avoid chemical peels, makeup or anything that is not non-comedogenic immediately after a treatment. This will allow your skin to heal completely. Avoid heavy moisturizing creams or oils immediately after microneedling for 24-48 hours as this may increase acne. Avoid heavy sweating or saunas for 24 hours after microneedling to keep reduce infammation of sensitive skin. Sun exposure is not recommended.
What should I expect at a microneedling appointment?
A microneed appointment typically takes around one hour, but the exact time depends on the size of the area being treated. The acupuncturist will explain the procedure and examine your skin condition. A serum containing collagen and hyaluronic acid, apple stem cells will be used with the microneedling device. After the procedure, additional serum and/or aloe vera gel will be applied to complete the treatment. Red Light may be administered as well.
What skin problems are treatable by microneedling?
Microneedling has proven effective on a number of skin issues, including fine lines, acne scars, sagging skin, sun damage, stretch marks, large pores, and rough skin texture.
Does microneedling work on all skin types?
Microneedling is safe for all skin types and colors, no matter your race or type of skin. Microneedling can also be done on all areas of the body, including the face, neck, arms, legs, and other areas. Microneedling is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding; people who have open wounds or cold sores; people who have had recent radiation treatment or have a current skin infection; or those who have used the acne medicine Accutane in the last six months. A dermatologist will be able to determine if your skin and body is ready for microneedling, but most people will respond to the treatments just fine. NSAIDS are not recommended seven days before or after treatment.
How much does microneedling cost?
The cost per treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition, the location, and the size of the treatment area. On average, microneedling costs less than $1,000 per treatment, typically closer to $200-$500. Some dermatologists and spas offer discounts for people who get multiple treatments. This cost is significantly lower than many other skin treatments or plastic surgery procedures that produce similar results, such as a facelift. In fact, many people have already spent that much money on skin serums and creams trying to solve a skin condition that can easily and permanently be taken care of with microneedling.
Does microneedling work after one treatment?
You’ll likely start to see great results after one treatment, but most patients require between four and five microneedling treatments, typically spaced about four to six weeks apart. Each treatment will improve the overall look of the skin and the skin condition. The number and frequency of the treatments is based on the severity of the condition, the sensitivity of the patient’s skin, and the age and overall health of the patient. Before the initial treatment session, the skincare professional will discuss your personalized treatment plan and can provide an estimate of how many sessions will be required for your individual condition. Conditions like acne scars and stretch marks, which tend to go deeper into the skin, may require more treatments to see optimal results.
Does microneedling have any negative side effects?
Dermatologists and aestheticians have performed hundreds of thousands of microneedling treatments and haven’t reported any negative side effects. The only potential side effect is mild redness and swelling immediately after the treatment, but it is temporary, lasting 12-48 hours post treatment.
Hilarey's approach with Oriental Medicine is listening to her patients and their vision for optimum health. For each of us, being healthy includes physical well-being. True health also includes emotional balance, fulfillment in relationships, financial stability, mental focus, and an optimistic spirit. Read more