Micro-needling is a cosmetic skin treatment that has steadily gained popularity over the last few years. You may have heard about it from a friend who recommends it after having a treatment, or seen it demonstrated on the TV show, “The Doctors.” Many people are excited about this skin rejuvenation treatment that produces visible results with little to no downtime. In this post, Dr. Schuster will explain what micro-needling is and how it can help heal your skin and improve its appearance.
What is Micro
Micro-needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, or CIT) is a skin treatment that uses a stamp, roller or pen applicator with tiny needles that penetrate the upper layer of the skin, creating minor skin injuries in order to both break down old skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in response. The production of collagen and elastin accelerates the healing of skin conditions and has a plumping and tightening effect on the skin’s appearance.
Who Can Benefit from Micro-Needling?
Men and women of all skin tones have seen the rejuvenating effects of a micro-needling treatment. Micro-needling is used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, scars, acne, stretch marks and other unsightly skin problems.
Does Micro-Needling Hurt?
Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to the skin being treated in order to minimize any discomfort. Most people report feeling only a slight warmth and pressure as the needles are being applied.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
We recommend three treatments approximately 3-4 weeks apart. Thereafter, periodic single treatments are recommended to maintain the skin texture and appearance. Patients who have deep wrinkles, significant scarring or more serious skin damage usually benefit from six to eight treatments.
When Will I See the Results?
Micro-needling patients will notice some improvement to their skin’s appearance right away, though the results become more noticeable after six weeks, when the body has been able to manufacture new collagen. As the skin continues to produce collagen and elastin as a result of the treatment, the skin will continue to improve gradually over time, with full results visible after two months. The rejuvenating results of a micro-needling treatment can last up to one year.
Schedule Your Micro-Needling Treatment
Now that you know more about this effective, fast and painless skin treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schuster and see how micro-needling can help with your wrinkles, scars or skin marks. Call Dr. Schuster’s office today at (410) 902-9800.