Micro-needling is typically done on the face, neck, and chest, but people forget they can also do their hands. The goal or the endpoint for micro-needling is to build collagen and elastin, and so it can do that in the face decreasing fine lines and wrinkles there.
It can also help to tighten just a little bit of the areas. We also use micro-needling for treating scars, and that can be all over the body, including acne scoring for the face, so it’s a wonderful treatment.
Micro-needling is also called collagen induction therapy and what’s involved in micro-needling is an automated pen with 12 microneedles used to glide across the skin and create micro-perforations in the skin allowing for the body to initiate the self-repair process.
In doing so, your body produces collagen and elastin and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and various other scars. In addition to creating these micro-perforations, micro channels are created in the skin as well, which allows for further penetration of any serums or topicals that are applied over the skin at the conclusion of the procedure.
In our practice, we use various serums, but we also use platelet-rich plasma as a serum that can be applied over the skin, so the micro-needling process allows for the platelets to get into the deeper layers of the skin to allow for even better rejuvenation of the skin for better appearance of fine lines wrinkles and scars such as acne scars or surgical scars.
Typically the patient will come in on a Thursday or Friday because they are a little bit red or pink, and it will take the body about three days to process all that redness out. So a lot of people will get it done on a Thursday or Friday, and then they’re good to go on Monday for work.