What is micro needling?

Micro needling is a relatively new, non-invasive treatment that utilizes a pen-like device containing minute needle tips. The device is moved methodically across the face and neck area while the needles gently pierce the skin.  Micro needling is beneficial for anyone who has any form of scarring including acne and surgical scars as well as, stretch marks, large pores or fine lines and wrinkles. Micro needling causes minor “controlled damage” where the skin is stimulated to “heal” and create fresh, new, healthy collagen. 

How is micro needling performed?

Micro needling can be performed in an estheticians or doctors office. My Scottsdale micro needling sessions typically begin by cleansing the face, neck, or any other area you wish to treat.  The micro needling pen is then moved over the surface of the skin.  The treatment may also include the application of a topical serum.  In addition, the procedure can be combined with the injection and application of platelet rich plasma to intensify the results. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is created by taking a small sample of your blood and removing the red and white cells, leaving only a source of growth factors that act as stem cells for your skin to create even more collagen and elastin.

What areas can be treated in my Scottsdale micro needling appointment?

All areas of the body and skin can be treated with this procedure, but some of the most common areas to treat with microneedling in Scottsdale are face, under eyes, upper lip, neck, arms, abdominals, and buttocks. Micro needling treats stretchmarks well, so anywhere those are present is also a good area to target.

What does a microneedling procedure feel like?

Micro needling is not a painful procedure and most patients will feel only minor discomfort and a tingling while the pen travels over the skin. After the micro needling is complete a warm, tight sensation similar to a mild sunburn will follow.

 How long does the recovery period after a typical micro needling session take?

After your Scottsdale micro needling appointment, you will experience a slightly pink face that can last anywhere from 24-48 hours. On occasion there can be a small amount of flaking skin a few days later, which is dependent upon how much underlying skin damage you may have. 

When will I be able to see results from my Scottsdale micro needling appointment?

Most people report a sensation of softer smoother skin within several days, but full results will take several weeks.