The word needle puts many people on edge, with good reason too. However, microneedling is not as scary as it sounds. Microneedling — also called Collagen Induction Therapy — is the process of puncturing the surface of the skin with micro-size needles in order to improve collagen production to create smooth, firm, toned skin. There is little pain involved as it feels more like pin-pricks, and results are almost immediate.
Is it Right for you?
If you want to reduce acne scarring, improve fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, or skin texture, Microneedling may be for you. This treatment is used mainly on the face to treat large pores, wrinkles, and scars. Microneedling is great with all skin types and best results are shown when done professionally.
Although there are options for microneedling at home such as dermarolling, these we do not recommend. Dermarolling can cause more harm than good, as many do not perform it properly. It also does not penetrate the skin as deeply as professional tools which causes results to be almost non-existent.
How It’s Done
Microneedling is performed by a professional mainly on the face but can be done in other areas for scar reduction or reducing stretch marks. Here at Paradise, we use a tool called SkinPen by Crown Aesthetics to penetrate the skin. SkinPen is the first FDA approved microneedling device. Attached on the end are the microneedles that penetrate the skin, stimulating your body’s natural healing process while minimizing cellular damage.
Risks or Side Effects
Like any skincare procedure, there are a few risks when it comes to Microneedling. The most common side effect is skin irritation post-procedure and redness following for a few days. Light bleeding is involved as the needles pierce the skin but will stop shortly. Call your doctor immediately if you experience peeling, bruising, or infections. You should not receive a Microneedling if you are pregnant, have skin diseases such as eczema, rosacea, have open wounds, or received radiation therapy recently.
Costs of Procedure
The price for Microneedling varies depending on location and practitioner. It is roughly between $100 to $500. We offer two options of Microneedling: Standard and Advanced. The Standard Microneedling that is priced at $180 ($150 for members), is more for young people who want to freshen up their skin as the needles do not penetrate as deep. The Advanced is $225 ($175 for members) for those who have more issues to treat and gets deeper into the skin.
Your skin will be very sensitive and red after the procedure, so sunscreen of at least SPF 30 is a must to protect against sun damage. Avoid after skin care products for a few days, wearing make up for 24 hours, and try to keep your skin hydrated. Using a mild cleanser and hydrator will help. Since this service is not as invasive as plastic surgery, you can return to work or school the next day.
In order to maintain results, you will need multiple sessions. Depending on your skin and severeness of skin issues, you should get a treatment every one to three months. Your practitioner can help determine how often to return and what other procedures or products that will complement Microneedling.