Micro or Dermal-needling is the action of inserting lots of needles into the skin very superficially to stimulate collagen production. I recently had it done by an esthetician (Lisa) in a plastic surgeon’s office. And the treatment goes like this…after cleaning my skin twice, the doctor applied a thin layer of topical anesthetic to numb the skin on my face so I didn’t feel any discomfort. The procedure itself is not very painful, but it also depends on your pain threshold, the area being treated, and the length of the needles. Using an automated device, Micropen, which has 12 tiny micro-needles attached to the tip, she glided smoothly over each area of my face in every direction several times. The micro-needles can go anywhere from 0.5 to 2 millimeters in depth, depending on the area being treated. As the needles go in, they are creating a very small amount of injury, and the result of this is that the skin is going to produce collagen. The doctor used 0.5 millimeters on me and I was bleeding just enough to see that it was working. After she was done micro-needling my whole face, I sure looked red and bloody, she applied stem cells all over my face. This way stem cells can penetrate deep into my epidermis layer via open micro-holes in my skin. Stem cells whether they are protein from plant or animals will effectively reprogram your skin cells to build new collagen deep n the dermal layer. Talk about instant results. Prices vary depending on the dermatologist, but generally, the procedure can run between $350 to $600 a session, and sessions usually last about 30 minutes.
According to the company, micro-needling can treat brown spots, age spots, fine lines, deep wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, sun damage, and enlarged pores. And the procedure is safe for all ages and skin tones.
The downtime was very minimal. When I left the office (Monday morning) my face was very red. By the next morning I looked like I had a very mild sun burn, nothing that the magic of makeup couldn’t cover. No one even noticed anything different about my skin at work. By Wednesday morning my face was completely back to normal. For some (with deeper procedures) you can expect to have a pink glow or even a little blood, but then collagen begins to tighten the face. I saw some improvement but like most procedures you need minimum of three sessions to see significant results.
Here is a picture of me with a peptide gel-healing mask to cool the redness on my face. This mask was somewhat cool to the touch and felt like jellyfish. By the time I left the office, I was slightly flushed and ready for a nap.
In other words, dermal needling is awesome and very effective but only when it is done in a medical office, where there is supervision and only using Micropen or Dermapen. Use your common sense, do not buy the rollers (imitation of the micropen) online and try to do it yourself.