(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 without scars and encourage new collagen production similar to fractional laser treatments. Unlike laser treatments, there are minimal side-effects or down-time with micro-needling. At The Youth Fountain, 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.
Micro-Needling is very commonly used to treat scarring from acne, surgeries, and burns. It has also shown great success in the treatment of stretch marks and fine lines and wrinkle reduction.
Like all our cosmetic treatments, a micro-needling treatment begins with an in-depth assessment of your skin’s current state. Dr. Shakov will assess the potential treatment areas and work with you to decide on an appropriate treatment plan
Dr. Shakov usually applies a topical anesthetic cream and afterwards will begin treating the agreed-upon areas. Dr. Shakov will make several passes over the area in a gentle up and down motion.
Plan to be with us for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how many areas need to be treated. The actual needling time is quite fast, but Dr. Shakov likes to ensure that each of their patients is given a thorough assessment before the treatment begins.
The Youth Fountain does offer pain management (in the form of a topical anesthetic cream) or by injection of an anesthetic if Drs. Shakov recommends it. Most patients feel the pressure of the DermaPen micro-needling instrument but little more.patients need between 3-6 treatments.
Micro-needling is not something that really requires down-time. For the most part, your skin will be red and swollen in the treatment areas, but that normally passes within a few days. It is recommended that you avoid exposure to sunlight as much as possible for the next day or two as your skin will be hyper-sensitive. Avoid direct exposure for at least 10 days post treatment if possible. Alcohol based skin products may not be used for 14 days post treatment. Makeup may not be worn for at least 12 hours after treatment unless it is a mineral makeup approved by Drs. Shakov. You may resume wearing regular mineral makeup the day after your DermaPen treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a great adjunct to add to your Micro-Needling treatment.
Dr. Shakov can go over this process with you in depth during your consultation.
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Micro-needling is very safe! The risk of infection is minimal since the needles are sterile and the skin is cleaned and prepped beforehand.
No. 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.
Contact The Youth Fountain to get an estimate of how many treatments are necessary to achieve and maintain your desired results!