What is Microneedling?
Automated Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is an aesthetic procedure for the treatment of fine lines, acne scarring and improving the skin’s overall appearance. Using our skin’s own natural repair process results in a thicker dermis, softer wrinkles and smoother skin. ZONA technicians use the Collagen P.I.N's tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce new collagen and elastin. We use topical numbing cream to assure there is no discomfort during this treatment. The procedure takes about an hour, but time varies based on what area is being treated.
Microneedling with PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet)
Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is the same collagen induction therapy but with added benefit of using your own blood’s growth factors to stimulate new cell and new collagen growth. Adding PRP with Microneedling yeilds enhanced results with a little less downtime than Microneedling with HA.
The benefits of Microneedling are vast. Best of all, it can be used on both the face and body to treat:
- Mild-to-moderate acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin tone and texture
- Pore size
- Stretch marks
- Traumatic Scars
- Lax skin
What is the downtime?
Immediately after the treatment expect to look like you have a sunburn. This redness will last 2-4 days depending on the person. After your skin is back to its normal skintone you may notice some peeling/flaking. Gentle exfoliation can be resumed at this point to help speed up this process however, picking and scrubbing can result in undesired results or irritation. Follow the post-care instructions given by your technician.
When will I see the results?
Some clients may notice visible changes within a couple of weeks, while others may take a month or so to notice results. These results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production takes time. It is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart.
- Having a Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion two weeks prior to your Microneedling treatment will help to soften and exfoliate the epidermis to help your body produce natural collagen reproduction, which will make your treatments more effective. This is not required but recommended.
- If you are planning to receive Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, make sure that you give yourself at least two weeks post injections before receiving a Microneedling procedure. If you choose to do injections post Microneedling treatment we prefer for you to wait until skin is healed.
- If you are taking a blood thinner, fish oil, aspirin or any other medication and you have the tendency to bleed easily while on, please tell your technician. If you are under a physician’s care and need to discontinue you're medication for a few days, always ask your physician prior to each Microneedling treatment.
- If you bruise easily, you may consider taking Arnica Montana pre and post procedure to alleviate bruising and swelling (this may be purchased at health food stores, follow manufacturers directions). Take Arnica 24 hours before your treatment and continue for 3 days after the treatment.
- Prior to the Microneedling treatment a topical numbing agent is applied to the treatment area (unless you are allergic to any ingredients) however some discomfort may still be expected. Inform your technician if you are allergic to Lidocaine.
- Inform technician of any allergies or if you have a history of cold sores. An antiviral may be given prior to treatment.