Micro Needling – A New Noninvasive Skin Care Treatment

If you’re looking for noninvasive ways to cope with your acne scars, reduce fine lines and wrinkles or improve the appearance of stretch marks, you’ve probably come across the rapidly growing procedure called micro needling.

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There are a number of impressive studies that show the benefits of micro needling treatment, which uses small needles to prick the skin and jump start the body’s natural healing process. It is an easy and efficient way to overcome a number of problematic skin conditions in a natural way.

Many people have questions and concerns about micro needling and what it entails. Here are some fast facts and frequently asked questions about micro needling skin treatment, that’s redefining the way we improve the appearance of skin.

What is micro needling?
Micro needling is a non-invasive procedure. First, lidocaine gel is applied to to the skin to create numbness. Then a micro needling device like Rejuvapen is used to create microscopic pricks on the problematic area of the skin. The tiny needles in the Rejuvapen make thousands of invisible and virtually painless perforations in the epidermis and on the top layer of the dermis. Your body thinks that the skin has been injured and starts the natural healing process to repair the skin by producing collagen and elastin in that area. This improves skin texture, reduces wrinkles, and minimizes fine lines.

Is micro needling natural?
Micro needling procedure stimulates the body’s natural mechanism to create new skin cells without any synthetic or chemical ingredients.

Does insurance cover micro needling?
Micro needling used for cosmetic purposes is not covered by insurance.

How much does micro needling cost?

Micro needling’s cost varies across the regions of the United States, but typically it costs about $200-300 per session.

Can micro needling help all skin colors?
Yes, micro needling helps all skin colors and types.

Is micro needling painful?
Micro needling devices like Rejuvapen use micro needles to create painless perforations on the very top layer of the skin. It is a painless procedure; most of our clients had this procedure without the numbness cream. Some clients with sensitive skin like to use the numbness cream to completely numb the skin to avoid any pain. After the session you will feel tightness and warmth on the skin which will go way within couple of hours. For most o people, the skin returns to normal within a day. Your certified esthetician or doctor will recommend a skin cream to use after the micro needling procedure.

Is micro needling safe and effective?

Micro needling uses your body’s natural healing process to repair the skin in a natural way without any side effects. One micro needle clinical study published tells that 60% to 80% of patients saw an improvement in the condition of their skin and more collagen and elastin produced due to micro needling.

In another micro needling study, 34 out of 36 patients achieved a reduction in the severity of their scarring. Also, more than 80% of the patients who got micro needling procedure gave an “excellent” rating in their assessment. Finally, there were no adverse side effects noted in the patients.

How does micro needling feel on the skin?
When a micro needling device is used on your skin, it will feel similar to sandpaper rubbing on your skin. Some parts of the skin are more sensitive than others. The numbness cream on your skin will help you alleviate discomfort during the procedure.

What skin damages can micro needling cure?
Micro needling helps all types of skin-related damages, including:
Wrinkles, sun damage, and skin thinning due to age
All types of skin scarring
Stretch marks
Hyperpigmentation
Age spots
Rosacea

When can micro needling not be used?
Before the micro needling procedure, your esthetician will examine your skin condition and recommend if you can go through the treatment. Typically if you have any of the following conditions then micro needling is not for you: skin disease, poor wound healing, open wounds, or active acne. Sometimes you may need to consult your physician before getting the micro needling procedure.

Can micro needling be done at home?
Yes, you can buy a micro needling home kit and do it yourself. Generally, home micro needle products have needles that are less than 1mm in size, which can be used directly on the skin without any numbness cream. It is mainly used for skin care products to easily penetrate through the micro perforations created by the home micro needling kit. Commercial micro needling procedures use adjustable needles with sizes ranging from .2mm to 2.5mm, which can penetrate deeper into the topmost skin layer safely to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin to repair the skin.

What is the downtime after a micro needling session?
Healing time differs based on the severity of the damaged skin. After the treatment there will be redness on the skin that looks like sunburn, which may last for 2-4 days. For some people, the redness disappears within hours. Skin may feel rigid, warm, and itchy for a couple of hours, which will fade away within 24 hours. After the micro needling session is complete, you can go home immediately.

What areas of the body can a micro needling device be used for?
Generally a micro needling device can be used anywhere on the body, but your esthetician should recommend which parts of the body it can be used on after the initial consultation.

How long it will take to see the results?
After the micro needling treatment, patients can see minimal results immediately. However, the result may vary for each patient and their skin type. For maximum results, patients may have to wait up to 1-2 weeks. Some patients may have to undergo multiple sessions, which may take up to 3-4 months to see results.

How frequently should a micro needling procedure be done?

This varies from person to person and depends on skin type. After the initial consultation, your esthetician should recommend the frequency of the treatment. It is highly recommended to use stem cell skin care products during and after the micro needling procedure to maintain results and to continuously improve the skin.

What are the commercial micro needling products available, and which is better?
Micropen, Skinpen, Dermapen and Rejuvapen are the most popular commercial grade micro needling products. Among these, Dermapen and Rejuvapen have received positive feedback from doctors and patients.

Are commercial micro needling products FDA-approved?
At present in the United States, there are no FDA-approved micro needling devices being sold. The FDA has clearly mentioned that any micro needling device (either manual or motorized) with a needle size greater than 0.3 mm must be classified as a Class II or Class III medical device. The FDA also specifies any micro needle device with a needle size less than 0.3 mm must also be marketed only with cosmetic claims, and not with medical claims. The Rejuvapen needle size is 0.2 to 2.5 mm and it is registered as a Class I medical device.

Dermapen got a warning letter from the FDA and it is not clear if it is registered with FDA or not. Similarly, Micropen also got a warning letter from the FDA.

What are other names for micro needling?

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT); Rejuapen refers to the procedure as Fractional Collagen Induction Therapy.

Comments

  1. hello,

    where did the FDA mentioned that “The FDA has clearly mentioned that any micro needling device (either manual or motorized) with a needle size greater than 0.3 mm must be classified as a Class II or Class III medical device. The FDA also specifies any micro needle device with a needle size less than 0.3 mm must also be marketed only with cosmetic claims, and not with medical claims.?

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