What Is It?
Also referred to as Dermapen and Rejuvapen, microneedling is a treatment that involves using a tool with 11 super-tiny needles in the very tip, which can be adjusted by your professional between 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters. “0.5 millimeters is the smallest amount, which penetrates the stratum cornea, or the superficial layer of skin,” Dr. Anjali Verma tells us. “You can think of microneedling as collagen induction—or collagen induction therapy, The treatment creates micro-punctures from the needles in your skin. Your body treats a small wound the same way as a large wound, and sends fibroblasts to create more collagen in the affected area. We are basically tricking your skin into thinking it has been wounded, but as a result, we’re thickening the skin and improving the texture with this procedure.”
Who Should Do It?
If you need to grow a thicker skin—not necessarily in terms of your friends roasting you in the group chat—you’re probably a good candidate. “It’s great for acne scarring, and because it doesn’t use heat and is totally mechanical, it’s safe for all skin colors and types,” Dr. Anjali Verma says. “The treatment is wonderful for smoothing out the skin and filling in acne scars, but if you have those small bumps from clogged pores, it can help to clear all of that up as well.” Just make sure there aren’t any inflamed or infected areas on your skin, and if you have a cystic breakout, wait until it clears up before going in for your appointment.
Does It Hurt?
It shouldn’t, provided that your practitioner numbs the area first. “We use a cream to numb the skin really well, so we can go as deep as we need to,” she says. Afterwards you can expect the skin to be a little pink, and at the very worst, a few tiny punctate scabs that fade in a few days.
Which Areas on the Body Can Be Treated?
Microneedling isn’t exclusive to just the face area. The treatment can be done anywhere the skin on the body needs to be thickened, particularly those that have stretch marks, like the legs, chest, or butt, and 4 to 6 sessions on average usually do the trick.-
How Often Can I Get It Done?
Depends on the severity of the issue. “If your skin is generally fine and you take care of it, you can microneedle every 3 to 6 months, but someone with dramatic acne scarring should plan to do one session per month for 4 to 6 months,” Dr. Anjali Verma explains. “After that, you can come in once a year for a touch-up whenever you feel like you need to give your skin a reboot.”
If you are ready to face the world with a clearer, smoother-looking complexion, La fleur Medi Spa is ready to help you with safe, effective microneedling technology. Contact us or call 732-747-2600 to determine whether microneedling is right for you.