It’s been called the “hottest skincare trend in the country,” “collagen induction therapy” and the “future of skincare devices”, but no matter what it’s called, micro-needling has taken the cosmetic dermatology world by storm. And it’s no wonder. This fast, convenient procedure addresses a host of skin care issues including stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, tone and texture and acne scarring. The downtime is minimal and patients report that the treatment itself is very tolerable, especially when numbing cream is applied prior to the procedure. “The beauty of micro-needling is that it appeals to all age groups,” explains Joey Streb, RN, a micro-needling provider at Infinity. “I may treat a 20-something patient in the morning for acne scars and I may treat a 50-something patient in the afternoon for anti-aging and to help stimulate their natural collagen production.” It is appropriate for all skin types. Because it does not use light or heat energy like a laser treatment does, it is especially useful for darker-skinned patients who may experience hyperpigmentation from laser heat or light.
The micro-needling device travels over the surface of the skin, causing tiny (invisible to the naked eye) micro-injuries that stimulate collagen and skin cell renewal. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with an overall improved appearance, and a softer tone and texture. Dr. Schulz recommends adding on a lower face micro-needling treatment to lip injections for patients with problematic lip lines. A series of treatments spaced every 3-4 weeks will provide the best possible results. Micro-needling is often combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma) to provide even more collagen production through the use of your body’s own growth factors and this combination is very popular for improving the appearance of dark undereye circles. Want to learn more? Schedule a pre-treatment appointment today and “just say yes” to micro-needling!