Originally known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), microneedling is now a well-documented treatment option for atrophic acne scars and skin rejuvenation. It is mostly used on the face for scars, wrinkles, and large pores. This procedure uses small needles to prick the skin. The purpose is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, and more toned skin.
The treatment takes about 30 minutes. Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. Many patients state feeling warm vibrations and bony areas may be uncomfortable. After the procedure the skin will appear pinkish-red. Other minor post-procedure side effects may include burning, itching, dryness, redness, roughness, and tight skin. Aftercare may include a prescribed regimen to keep your skin hydrated.
According to SkinPen® by Crown Aesthetics: “There are three phases to the wound-repair process. Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to cleanse the wound, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue. Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops. Phase III: Remodeling. The wound is replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels.”
Book your appointment now to find out if you’re the right candidate for microneedling.
– The Dermatology Affiliates Team