What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a type of skin care treatment that has been proven to treat fine lines, some forms of hyperpigmentation (brown spots on the face or body), scarring, rosacea and shrinking pores. The procedure, also known as collagen induction therapy, is performed at The Skincare and Laser Center through the use of the Bellus MicroPen. Doctors use the Bellus Micropen to gently puncture the skin with an oscillating tool that contains superfine needles which glide across the skin’s surface. These tiny puncture marks create columns under the skin’s surface which stimulate collagen production. This collagen production makes skin suppler and improves overall texture.
Microneedling is performed in a series of treatments. We recommend a series of 3-6 treatments for optimal results. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure and minimal to moderate side effects for 24-48 hours. The side effects are redness, pinpoint bleeding for a few minutes after treatment, skin can feel rough for a period of a few days. Make-up should be avoided for 48 hours.
Microneedling is safe for young and more mature skin. The procedure is a quick in-office treatment and is performed every 4-8 weeks. There are no sun precautions with Microneedling, so this is a safe and effective treatment all year round. Microneedling can be used on all skin types and is safe for darker skin. People that form keloids or have active cystic acne should not receive Microneedling treatments.
How is the In-Office Procedure Different than Microneedling at Home?
We use the Bellus MicroPen in our Sacramento plastic surgery offices. This is a medical grade device that can treat at a depth of 2mm. Most of the dermal rolling devices that are purchased in a local shop or online are for depths of up to 0.5mm only (this is for your safety) and the needles cannot be changed. Our pens utilize 12 sterile 32gauge needles that are disposable cartridges and changed out with every use.
You can be assured that the Skincare and Laser Center works to bring in treatment modalities that are medical grade, safe and have proven and reproducible results.