Are there any negative side effects I should worry about?
Very rarely will a patient experience any negative side effects, even with aggressive treatments. Typical side effects are redness and inflammation for 2-4 days. Microneedling is a excellent treatment for patients looking for texture and scar improvement.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, stimulates the production of collagen by creating small injuries in the epidermis and dermis. These micro-injuries produce a cascading effect that results in tissue rebuilding.
Can I do microneedling at home?
At home microneedling can be a great tool to use at home. However, the biggest results will come from the surgical dermarollers that are only found at specific healthcare facilities. At home microneedling devices typically do not go very deep and do not require any anesthetic as they are not very painful.
Can I use microneedling for neck?
Yes. Many patients like to treat the neck at the same time as the face. Since patients are already in the appointment, adding the neck is an easy progression. The depth of the treatment is lower as the skin on the neck is much more sensitive.
How long do the effects of collagen induction therapy Last? How often should I receive these treatments?
Most healthcare facilities recommend 4-6 treatments every 6 weeks. After the initial frequency of treatment, your healthcare provider may recommend maintenance treatments. The frequency of the maintenance treatment depends at what rate your skin is being broken down through the natural aging process. Collagen induction therapy does not stop aging, but it can help slow it down.
Can micro needling be done if I have received fillers?
Yes. Patients may receive microneedling treatments after doing fillers if the treatment is spaced out enough. Most clinicians will recommend to wait at least 3 weeks after receiving filler to receive a microneedling treatment.
Is microneedling more effective when combined with PRP?
Many health providers have seen overall improvements in acne scarring when combing microneedling and PRP. These results are usually because the patient has had a serious of those treatments or a combination of microneedling, PRP, and lasers. PRP treatment are still relatively new and although the data is promising, it is not enough to gain wide acceptance as an effective treatment.
Can microneedling scar my face if done too aggressively?
Create scars with the microneedling treatment is rare but it is a possibility if the clinician is not properly trained or if the clinician performs the treatment to aggressively. However, most of the complications (which are rare) come from applying serums and substances to the open wounds during the procedure.