What is Microneedling?

Microneedling also known as collagen induction therapy is a minimally invasive medical aesthetic treatment where tiny, sterile needles superficially pierce the epidermis creating thousands of micro-channels. This results in a breakdown of old, hardened tissue and kicks your body’s natural healing response into overdrive. Microneedling causes an accelerated production of fibroblasts, growth factors, and collagen.

The concept is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical injury such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. As the device moves across the skin, it makes pinpoint punctures to create very minor micro-“injuries.” In response to the perceived “injury,” a cascade of growth factors is released, which in turn triggers new collagen synthesis.

This process has two major benefits – it effectively stimulates collagen formation and provides a clear channel for topical serums to be absorbed through the surface of the skin. By persistently triggering this healing process with a series of Microneedling treatments, the body keeps repairing the skin incrementally and cumulatively. The results are similar to fractional laser treatments or chemical peels, but without the side effects and extended downtime. Results include smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. Once the desired result has been achieved, it is important to maintain collagen stimulation by returning for quarterly maintenance treatments. While more commonly used on the face, Microneedling can also be used to restore and regenerate the skin on the neck, chest, and hands. It is safe for all skin tones and all types.

Derived from ancient acupuncture and mesotherapy techniques, microneedling is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for many skin conditions and concerns. It offers an array of benefits including:

-restoring the skin’s resiliency

-reducing pore size

-diminishing fine lines and wrinkles

-eliminating acne and acne scars

-tightening and rejuvenating the tone of skin

-fading stretch marks

-elimination of sun damage and hyperpigmentation

-reducing vascular redness, such as telangiectasia/couperose and rosacea.

What Happens in a Treatment?

Microneedling is performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile, disposable tip that is discarded after every patient. Prior to the procedure, topical anesthetic cream may be applied for your comfort. The basic microneedling treatment includes the application of healing gels and serums during and after the procedure. The entire procedure is normally completed within 30-60 minutes depending on the required treatment and the anatomical site. New healthy skin appears about 4 weeks.

BEFORE your treatment:

AVOID anti-coagulants and blood-thinning medications and supplements 4 days prior to treatment, when possible. If
you are on a prescription medication, please speak with your doctor before treatment.

MUST NOT have new permanent makeup or injectables on or near the treatment area. Please ensure you have
allowed adequate time (at least 2 weeks) for any permanent makeup or injectables to heal prior to Microneedling.

USE SUNSCREEN with an SPF of at least 30 daily. Sun burned skin cannot be treated. Skin that is thin, sensitized or
compromised in any way may not be treated until fully healed.

AVOID any irritating skin care ingredients, such as any products containing Hydroquinone, bleaching creams, RetinA, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids or astringents for at 3 days prior to treatment. Please advise your
technician if you are currently using any prescription creams or products.

DO NOT tweeze or wax the area at least one week prior to Microneedling. DO NOT use bleach or “Nair”-type products
on the area for two weeks prior to treatment. This can cause irritation and burns to the skin.

AFTER your treatment:

AVOID excessive sun exposure and tanning beds or self tanning sprays/lotions for at least 48 hours after treatment.
Daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is vital to protecting your new luminous skin!

AVOID any strenuous activity and excessively hot showers, saunas etc., as well as swimming in chlorinated pools or
the ocean for at least 48 hours.

AVOID any irritants on and around the area, such as any products containing Hydroquinone, bleaching creams,
Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids or astringents for at least 5-7 days after your Microneedling
treatment.

MUST NOT have any further clinic treatments including, but not limited to, microdermabrasion, laser, IPL, chemical
peels, or injectables such as Botox or dermal filler for at least two weeks after treatment.

DO NOT pluck or wax the area at least one week after your Microneedling treatment. DO NOT use bleach or “Nair”-
type products on the area for two weeks after treatment. This can cause irritation and burns to the skin.

YOU MAY apply makeup 24-48 hours after treatment. Ensure you are using very clean makeup brushes and
sponges for at least 5 days after your Microneedling treatment to avoid the risk of localized secondary infection.

USE Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate to reduce any irritation or redness, or Skin Hydrating
Booster if the skin shows signs of dehydration. Follow up with Calm Water Gel and Super Sensitive
Shield SPF30 to protect and soothe your skin for 7-14 days after your Microneedling treatment. Additional homecare may be recommended based on your individual needs and desired results.

How often can you do Microneedling?

Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve desired results. For collagen induction we recommend starting with 3 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended 6 weeks apart.

Contraindications

  1. Active acne

  2. Herpes labialis or any other local infection such as warts

  3. Moderate to severe chronic skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis

  4. Blood dyscrasias, patients on anticoagulant therapy (blood thinners)

  5. Extreme keloidal tendency / hypertrophic scarring

  6. Chemo/radiotherapy treatment

Notify the technician prior to signing the consent form if any of the following apply to you:

  • Cold sores(or history), warts, open skin lesions, sunburn, extreme sensitivity, dermatitis, rosacea
  • Accutane or generic within the past year
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Hemophilia / bleeding disorders
  • History of autoimmune disease or any condition that may weaken you immune system

MicroNeedling Consent Form