Microneedling

Microneedling Skin Rejuvenation

Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and is becoming the most effective and affordable treatment available today. It gives your skin a new lease on life.  Although not a new technology, it has gained momentum in the last few years  and with good reason.

Microneedling not only targets specific imperfections but provides an overall rejuvenation of the skin.  It’s just amazing.

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You will feel a difference after just one treatment.

We recommend a minimum of 3 treatments spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart to see the best results. You will feel a difference however after just one treatment. You can have as many as you want. Unlike some lasers, there is no limits. Microneedling is an effective anti- aging treatment you can rely on for life.

Please note that microneedling is not recommended during the summer months. Plan your treatments accordingly.

Why Microneedling?

Stimulates the production of collagen

As we get older, the production of collagen and elastin decreases. These are essential to keep your skin firm and supple. Microneedling helps to keep the production flowing.

Treat acne, surgical scars and more

Microneedling helps to reduce the appearance of acne, chicken pox scars and surgical scars by normalizing the production of oil made by the skin. For best results you must be patient as several treatments are required.

Repair sun damaged skin and even out skin tones

Microneedling helps to minimize and repair sun damaged skin while evening out your skin tone. While your skin heals, new healthy skin is created which results in reduced redness and blotches.

Remove unwanted wrinkles

The skin becomes smoother and firmer with every treatment and helps to get rid of some of your unwanted wrinkles. Microneedling reduces the appearance of fine lines around your lips, eyes, mouth and forehead. 

Resets and reboots cellular function

The tiny micro injuries that microneedling creates stimulates the healing cascade in the skin and anti-inflammatory growth factors and cytokines. This micro-injury reboots and resets cellular function and enhances cell-to-cell communication = healthy, happy skin.

Pre-treatment considerations

  • Avoidance of Accutane for the past 6 months
  • Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, hydroquinone, sunburn, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to procedure.
  • Avoidance of IPL/Laser, fillers and Botox procedures for 7 days prior
  • For men: No shaving the day of the procedure, shave the day before
  • Antiviral can be taken 2 days prior to and day of treatment if you have a history of cold sores and are concerned. Treatment does not always trigger a cold sore and this is just a precaution.
  • No active cold sores, herpes simplex, warts, open sores, sunburn, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea (rosacea that is not pustule and inflamed can be treated)
  • No allergies to lidocaine (topical anaesthetic used)

Aftercare

Your skin will be red after microneedling. Don’t panic. It’s normal for your skin to be red following a microneedling treatment. It will feel like a sunburn. You may experience some bruising and swelling.
 This can sometimes happen around your eyes, forehead and other areas that are sensitive or received extra attention. It’s nothing to be worried about, and the bruising is usually faint enough to be covered up with makeup in a day or so. If you experience swelling, cool cloth compresses will help soothe any discomfort. Only touch your face with clean hands to prevent any type of infection. Do not use anything but the products that are given to you the day of your treatment. Stay clear of retinols and glycolics for 48 hours. No sunscreen on day of treatment (they have ingredients that are not meant to be deep in the skin.)
Rinse face in shower or splash and gently rub your skin with tepid water at the sink to cleanse for about 5 minutes. Pat dry with towel. Your skin is very sensitive after treatment so be gentle. Use a small amount of the HA (hyaluronic acid serum in syringe) and add water to spread all over face and neck. Use at least 5 to 10 times on the first day and continue to use daily until finished. Apply serum then your moisturizer on top. Only use the HA serum for the first 24 to 48 hours depending on how deep your treatment was. Your skin will feel and look different. It might feel rough to the touch for a few days as it heals. The redness will fade within 24 hours, a little longer if your treatment was deeper or more aggressive.
Redness is fading. You can apply makeup now if you need too. No makeup is best for the first few days but if you have too just aim to use mineral as it’s best for your skin.
Peeling is a normal and is usually part of the microneedling healing process, caused by the increased cell turnover. Everyone is different. You can expect peeling to start within 3-5 days after your appointment. Don’t pick at your skin. Keep it well moisturized with the HA serum provided and your own moisturizer and skincare. A very gentle enzyme peel can be used at day 4/5. Gentle is key. Resume your regular skin care routine as soon as it feels comfortable to do so.
In most, very few signs are visible from the treatment. Most experience ‘a glow’ and smoother skin.
  • Avoid alcohol-based toners for 10 to 14 days
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 10 – 28 days if possible,
  • SPF 30 is recommended rain or shine after 24 hours post treatment
  • No hot tubs or baths for 24 hours

Microneedling FAQ

Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation treatment also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and is becoming the most effective and affordable treatment available today. It’s give your skin a new lease on life. Although not a new technology, it has gained momentum in the last few years and with good reason.

Microneedling not only targets specific imperfections but provides an overall rejuvenation of the skin. It’s just amazing.

A skin pen device is used to create micro-channels in the skin to accomplish two things:
  1. To create a controlled micro-injury to the skin to trigger your body’s natural wound healing response which stimulates the production of new skin = collagen and elastin. This being the primary reason and where at least 99% of the results are accomplished. New collagen and elastin is produced for several months after just one treatment.
  2. The micro-channels allow skin products to penetrate deeper into the dermis where they can do their magic. It is important to note here that products used must be clean of all fragrances, preservatives, parabens, many essential oils and other “safe and organic” ingredients that are meant for topical application only. Clean products with too many ingredients can cause severe irritation. During your treatment, Hyaluronic Acid (to deeply hydrate your skin and help with post treatment dryness) and Vitamin C serum (to give your collagen a little boost and help even out your skin tone) will be used during your treatment and provided for home use and post treatment care.
Microneedling is effective for the treatment of acne scars, newer surgical scars fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss and pore size, and diminishes redness caused by rosacea. It dramatically improves the overall thickness and health of the skin. New research has shown that not only is collagen and elastin produced, but that microneedling resets and reboots cellular function. It essentially kick starts and normalizes cells that are not working properly. Undergoing a series of microneedling treatments will not only provide visible results to the overall appearance of your skin but will slow down the signs of aging. Good news for all of us!

Both laser and microneedling work on the principle of creating a controlled micro-injury to the skin to trigger your body’s natural wound-healing response. The difference between these treatments is how it’s done. Here’s my favourite analogy: Imagine a white fabric sheet. The sheet represents your epidermis: the protective layer of your skin. We need to get through the sheet (your skin) to the other side to poke your fibroblast, which will in turn trigger the healing response to produce collagen and elastin fibres. The “other side” represents your dermis: the deep, structural level of your skin where all the magic happens. Both treatment options can accomplish this.

But here’s the difference: fractional laser treatments use heat, causing a thermal injury which vaporizes and kills healthy skin cells en route to the dermis. The white sheet is left charred. Your epidermis is collateral damage.

A microneedling device uses fine surgical needles between 0.5 and 2 mm long to “poke” the dermis. Very few skin cells are affected, as they literally “move over” for the needle. Poke a very fine needle through a white sheet, and no damage is visible. The integrity of the epidermal layer of the skin is preserved. Less damage and inflammation occurs, which means less downtime and minimal chance for infection or complications that can occur with laser treatments. Recovery for microneedling is minimal, compared with several days from a laser treatment.

Laser therapies are also unsuitable for darker skin types, as the melanocytes (cells that produce the pigment melanin) can be damaged or over-stimulated, causing light or dark patchy discolouration. As heat is not used in microneedling, melanocytes are left dormant and undamaged. Microneedling is effective for all skin types.

You will be asked to do a little ‘paper work’ so I am well informed about your health and the skin conditions you are looking to treat. This helps reduce any risks or contraindications that may be present. You will also be asked to sign a waiver explaining the procedure and I will provide you with information of any associated risks before we commence treatment. If you have any health concerns or questions that you feel are important prior to making an appointment please contact me anytime. I will then get you cozy and settled and your face will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic will be applied for about 20 minutes. You’re face will be “occluded” with plastic wrap to help with penetration of the anesthetic. I use a MesoPen with a sterile 6 needle cartridge to create micro-injuries in the skin. Different needle depths are used on different areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is used during your treatment to help my microneedling pen glide over the surface of your skin and to deeply hydrate, heal and protect your skin. This part of the treatment takes 25 to 35 minutes. You will be sent home with Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid for your aftercare for the following 24 hours.

Does it hurt? I will ask you several times during your treatment how you are holding up. There is very little discomfort during the treatment.

Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Think a mild sunburn. Your skin may feel tight and dry and have some mild flaking a couple of days later, depending on the depth and what skin condition we are treating.

You will be given post care instructions during your visit, so no worries. You will be provided with hyaluronic acid serum to sooth, hydrate and reduce inflammation after your treatment. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup only the following day. Clean face is best for the first 48 hours.

General rule: Nothing but what you are given for post care goes on the skin for at least 12 to 24 hours depending on the intensity of the treatment you received. After 24 hours sunscreen must be worn for at least 3 weeks (should always be part of your skin care routine anyways) as your skin is highly susceptible during the healing phase.

Yes it is. Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and colors with minimal risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation often associated with laser treatments. Please note however that if you have active acne, we’ll have to work together to get that cleared up before a treatment can be performed. There are some contraindications regardless of your skin type. Anyone with a serious autoimmune or health condition, active bacterial or fungal infection or cardiac abnormalities or vascular diseases should make me aware of your condition as microneedling may not be an appropriate treatment.

Treatments can be safely done every 4 to 6 weeks. The number of treatments needed depends on your skin condition and what your skin goals are. We are all unique and no two people are the same. Most see results after one treatment and are lifers after three treatments. We recommend a series of 6 treatments per year and then take a break and just have one or two a year to maintain. Multiple treatments = optimal results. Deep scars and stretch marks can require up to 12 treatments or more over a 2 year period. Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc).

Results from Microneedling are permanent but we continue to age so new “aging” has occurred and then needs to be treated. Unlike laser, you can repeat microneedling as often as you want without building up scar tissue which allows for a lifelong solution to treat aging. When scars and stretch marks are treated the results generally are permanent and long lasting. The scars will not return.