While the aging process is largely determined by genetics, other external factors and lifestyle choices accelerate this natural progression. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction stimulation, is recognized in peer-reviewed studies as one of the gold standard treatment options that can help to improve the overall texture as well as boost collagen stimulation in a non-invasive approach. As the Registered Nurse and Licensed Esthetician of Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery, I’m here to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding microneedling, which is in very high-demand with our Scottsdale and Phoenix clients.
Why should you have microneedling? As we age, our collagen appears differently within the structures of the skin causing the face to look flat and less voluminous. Microneedling was designed to help rejuvenate the skin and rearrange the way the collagen lies in the tissues. Results can also include an improvement in overall tone, as well as a reduction in scars, the appearance of pore size, and healing “new” stretch marks.
Who should have microneedling performed? While microneedling is beneficial to all patients for collagen stimulation purposes, patients that are concerned with age management, suffer from acne, or are interested in scar revision would largely benefit from this treatment option.
What do you microneedle into the skin? Growth Factors, and naturally-derived Platelet Rich Plasma are my two “go-to” topical ingredients for microneedling. Driving epidermal growth factors, antioxidants, and peptides into the skin largely benefits the deepest most layer, the dermis. Microneedling is one of the only devices able to reach this specific layer in order to produce true collagen stimulation as well as improve discoloration. Customizable options are also available depending on the specific needs of your skin.
How often should I have microneedling? Patients are safely able to have microneedling performed every four weeks. That being said, most patients opt for treatment every eight weeks (four times yearly).
What is my downtime? Patients experience different inflammatory responses and healing times. Generally, this treatment has little to no downtime that typically consists of minor, pinpoint bruises, or increased vascularity of the skin (pinkness) that lasts less than one week. Patients are able to wear makeup immediately post-treatment as well as resume normal activities.
Is it safe?: The safety of microneedling heavily depends on the provider. Because the skin is being penetrated to the dermis with several needles, this procedure is best performed by a nurse or physician. The device used is also very important- our 13-point oscillating pen (The SkinStylus) with fine needles creates tiny punctures into the skin, which allows an opening for serums to penetrate to a deeper level otherwise left unreached. The unique mechanism of action in this specific device is safe and will not cause any excess tugging to the skin like some other devices and at-home rollers. Each patient will have their own needle tip that is discarded after the procedure, and our pen is also completely sterilized between each patient.
For more information or to schedule a comprehensive consultation, please call (480) 214-9955 and ask to book an appointment with Ashley Smith, RN, BSN.