What is microneedling?
(Also known as Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy, Skin Needling, and Dermarolling)
A collection of super fine needles that rapidly penetrate the top layer of your skin in quick succession. By creating these tiny injuries, your skin begins to produce collagen and elastin to protect and heal, ultimately plumping and firming the overall texture of your skin. These superficial micro-channels also allow topical creams and serums to penetrate deeper into the dermis further assisting the appearance of the skin.
What does microneedling treat?
Microneedling is effective at reducing and improving the look of:
- skin rejuvenation
- fine lines
- acne scars
- sun damaged skin
- surgical or traumatic scarring
What areas can be treated?
Virtually any areas can benefit from microneedling, including hands, neck, decolette, abdomen, thighs, arms, and even hands.
How do I know if microneedling is right for me?
What does microneedling feel like?
Microneedling is minimally invasive and generally well tolerate as a topical anaesthetic is applied prior to the treatment. It can feel comparable to a rough cloth or sandpaper over your skin with a vibrating sensation. Comfort is continuously reassessed throughout the treatment and needle depth will be adjusted as tolerated.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically 3-4 treatments are recommended. Deeper skin concerns such as stretchmarks, scarring, or deep wrinkles would benefit from approximately 6-8 treatments to achieve the desired outcome. Treatments should be scheduled in 4-6 week intervals.
How long does each treatment take?
The average treatment will take approximately 60 minutes depending on the area and its size. This includes the topical numbing cream application prior to microneedling which takes effect after about 20-30 minutes.
What are the side effects?
There are virtually no side effects from microneedling. Immediately after treatment you will have bright red skin, comparible to that of a sunburn. This usually lasts anywhere from 24-72 hours.
If a client is susceptible to a herpes outbreak (cold sores) it is best to pre-treat with an antiviral starting 2 days prior to treatment and day of treatment, as microneedling can trigger a flare up.
As with any procedure, if protocol is not followed the risks of initial complications increases but expect no long-term adverse effects or permanent damage to the skin with microneedling.
When will I see results?
Patients typically notice a 'glow' to their skin immediately following treatment. But changes will occur over the next several days and weeks as the skin regenerates. Improvements can continue up to 6 months post-treatment as collagen production continues.
What can I expect after each treatment?
How long do the results of microneedling treatments last?
Microneedling reduces the visible effects of aging, sun, hormones, genetics, and toxins (smoking, pollution, etc.) but it does not cure these underlying causes. This means that over time these visible effects can be recreated, however, how fast they reappear will depend on the intensity of the original condition and how well the skin is cared for following treatments.
Upon achieving the desired results, touch up treatments are recommended every 6-12 months.
What microneedling pen is used by theYOUeffect?
The Eclipse MicroPen EVO is the latest in microneedling technology. This medical-grade, stainless steel device is one of only a few approved for use by Health Canada.
A medical device that has not been approved by Health Canada indicates that it has not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality. This can greatly increase the potential for health risks, side effects and poor outcomes.