What is Micro-needling?
Micro-needling (also referred to as collagen induction therapy or CIT) is a skin therapy that involves puncturing the skin using a grouping of tiny sterile needles. The purpose of micro-needling is to promote healing with-out scars and encourage new collagen production similar to fractional laser treatments. Unlike the laser, there are minimal side-effects or down-time micro-needling.
Who Should do it?
Micro-needling is only to be used with caution and physician approval on anyone with an active skin infection or raised lesion (wart, mole, etc) on the area to be treated, a history of chronic skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, anyone with a history of Herpes Simplex infections or diabetes. Micro-needling can NOT be used on anyone with scleroderma, collagen abnormalities, vascular disease or cardiac abnormalities. It can also not be used if you have rosacea, blood clotting problems or are on blood-thinning medication or an immune-suppressing medication, if you have an active bacterial or fungal infection, if your scars are less than 6 months old or if you have had a dermal filler in the area to be treated within the last 6 months.
What happens during a Micro-needling Treatment
Like all of our cosmetic treatments, a micro-needling treatment begins with an in-depth assessment of your skin’s current state. The provider will assess the potential treatment areas and work with you to decide on an appropriate treatment plan.
After the assessment is done, the provider usually applies a topical anesthetic cream and afterwards will begin treating the agreed-upon areas. The provider will make several passes over the area in a gentle motion passing up and down.
Does it hurt?
The Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills does offer pain management (in the form of a topical anesthetic cream) or by injection of an anesthetic if the provider recommends it. Most patients feel the pressure of the micro-needling instrument but little more.
Which areas of my body can be treated?
Micro-needling isn’t exclusive to just the face area. The treatment can be done anywhere the skin on the body needs to be thickened, particularly those that have stretch marks, like the legs, chest, or butt, and 4 to 6 sessions on average usually do the trick.
How often can I get it done?
Depends on the severity of the issue. If your skin is generally fine and you take care of it, you can Micro-needle every 3 to 6 months. However, someone with dramatic acne scarring should plan to do one session per month for 4 to 6 months.
At Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills, we are proud to offer the Dermapen®. Dermapen is safer and more effective in piercing the skin than traditional skin micro-needling rollers due to its unique vertical micro needling technology.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills invites you to explore our Micro-needling Treatment options. If you would like to investigate more about them, or want more information regarding our Dermapen® Treatment, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Our style of consultation is relaxed and educational. Our goal is to address your concerns in the order of your priorities and give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This will help you choose the right treatment to achieve the result you desire within the budget you have to invest.
Visit Drtessofbeverlyhills.com or call us at (310) 275-TESS to schedule a free consultation or discuss treatment options.