Not sure if lasers are the right skin revitalizing treatment for you? Is a facelift out of the question? Microneedling is a revolutionary non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that diminishes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and rough texture to reveal glowing, smoother skin.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a non-surgical, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that addresses skin conditions such as uneven tone, rough texture, and discoloration. Our experienced Martinsburg, West Virginia staff uses Collagen P.I.N. (Percutaneous Induction Needling) to perform medical-grade microneedling. The thin medical-grade needles create tiny micro-channels in the skin to initiate the body’s self-healing response and stimulate growth factors and collagen production. If you are interested in a microneedling session, please feel free to schedule a consultation and we will gladly develop your customized treatment plan.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Medical microneedling creates micro-channels (very small holes) in the epidermis and dermis that triggers the body’s natural healing response. These controlled microscopic wounds initiate an increase in collagen production and growth factors that aid in the healing and closing of the micro-channels, and in turn the revitalization of the skin. Micro-channels allow topical serums to be more effectively absorbed into the skin. The pen mechanically moves in rapid vertical motions, allowing for even penetration as your specialist glides the pen over your skin. Collagen P.I.N.’s ability to accommodate 36-needle cartridges provides treatment for a large variety of skin conditions.
For more information on the benefits of medical microneedling, please feel free to schedule a consultation and we will gladly explain all the perks of this state-of-the-art treatment.
Areas of the Body Microneedling Can Treat
- Skin texture
- Skin laxity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Scars/Acne scars
- Stretch marks
Ideal candidates for a Collagen P.I.N. microneedling treatment are, well, just about anyone! This treatment works great on men and women alike, and can treat a wide variety of conditions on all skin types. Even if you do not suffer from any skin conditions, microneedling treatments can provide the perfect pick-me-up glow. The only contraindications are active cold sores or other skin infections and pregnancy (due to the use of lidocaine for numbing.)
Collagen P.I.N. vs Dermal Rolling
At Dr. Robert Bowen’s West Virginia cosmetic medicine and body contouring office, we use Collagen P.I.N. as our microneedling applicator of choice. Collagen P.I.N. is a state-of-the-art microneedling pen which has the ability to utilize a 36-needle cartridge to achieve up to 3mm depth penetration. This is the only pen on the market that can accommodate a 36-needle cartridge. The pen also has the ability to use the traditional 12 needle cartridge for customized treatment. A new sterile cartridge is used for each treatment.
Manual rolling of dermal rollers leaves greater chance for human error, uneven pressure, and inconsistent results. Additionally, the rolling action may lead to micro-tears in the skin, versus the smooth vertical action of the Collagen P.I.N. device. Dermal rollers operate at a fixed depth, which does not appropriately address variation in the thickness of the skin in different areas. Collagen P.I.N.’s customizable depth allows our providers to address your specific needs and concerns.
During your initial consultation with your microneedling expert, you will explain your skin conditions, concerns, and your aesthetic goals. They will perform an examination of your skin to assess the conditions and determine if you would benefit from microneedling sessions. You will both determine together the ideal customized treatment plan. Questions are highly encouraged and will be answered in detail so you are comfortable and well-versed in the treatment process.
How it’s Performed
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed prior to the treatment, and numbing cream is applied for patient comfort. Once sufficiently numbed, hyaluronic acid will be applied to help the pen glide with ease as well as seep into the micro-channels for added skin revitalization. If pigmentation is the concern, a Vitamin C serum may be used instead to help brighten the skin.
This gentle process has been equated to the feeling of cat’s tongue – not painful whatsoever, while others don’t feel a thing.
Your microneedling specialist will add the sterile, single-use 12, 24, or 36 needle cartridge to the pen and set the needles to the appropriate length for the treatment area. The amount and depth of needles required for your specific case will depend on the treatment area and the condition being treated. Deeper penetration is generally used to address acne scars, while shallower depth is for skin texture. The customized pen gently glides along the treatment area to ensure the whole surface area is covered evenly and accurately. Hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C serum is applied again to soak into the freshly made micro-channels. The entire treatment process takes less than an hour.
Instead of using hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C serum, microneedling can also be performed with PRP (platelet-rich plasma from your own blood), appropriately called a Vampire Facial. PRP contains growth factors important for revitalization and rejuvenation of the skin. To extract the PRP, a blood sample is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge to separate PRP from other blood components. This clear/yellowish ‘magic’ is then painted onto the thousands of micro-channels created by the microneedling treatment. Your body already has its own healing and regenerative process, and by adding the PRP, it helps speed up the process and make it that much more effective. This treatment is extremely ideal for those who wish to follow the “green” medicine path, as opposed to putting synthetic products into their body.
What to Expect After your Treatment
There is no downtime after your treatment! Your skin may appear slightly pink or red, but you are able to return to your normal daily routine. The micro-channels close in about an hour, but please do not wash your face for at least 4 hours. You are able to wear mineral makeup to mask any slight reddening of the face. We have a microneedling-specific aftercare kit for an additional purchase designed for post-treatment recovery and rejuvenation. This includes a gentle cleanser, hyaluronic acid, moisturizer, and an organic physical sunblock.
You are able to see noticeable results in as little as 48 – 72 hours. Your skin may flake as it heals itself, but this will resolve very quickly and reveal smoother and brighter skin. And since this procedure promotes the growth of new skin cells, results can continue to improve over time. We generally recommend 3 – 6 microneedling sessions in 4 week intervals for optimal results. Continually using Dr. Bowen’s branded medical-grade serums and moisturizers after your treatments will help provide longer-lasting results.
The cost of your microneedling treatment will depend on the treatment area and the amount of sessions required. To receive your quote, please schedule a consultation and begin the journey to revitalized, radiant skin.