What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is one of the most effective and easiest ways to stimulate collagen production … without the aggression, down-time or cost of more invasive treatments. If you think of collagen as the glue that holds the skin together, it does a great job making the skin elastic and firm. As we age, collagen production just naturally decreases and slowly but surely, the skin starts to sag and wrinkles form. The secret to having firm, elastic skin as you age is to give Mother Nature a boost and get treatments such as MicroNeedling which are designed specifically to increase collagen production.

MicroNeedling creates micro-channels in the skin that activate the body’s immune and wound healing responses which in turn stimulate the release of growth factors and the production of collagen and elastin. It thickens the dermis making wrinkles softer, shrinking pore size and improving overall skin tone. In addition, MicroNeedling has proven to remarkably improve the appearance of acne and other scars.

You probably already know the value of adding topicals such as Vitamin A and C to the surface of the skin. After the MicroNeedling treatment, topicals are applied which can now reach deeper into the dermis through the tiny micro-channels created by the treatment. Their effectiveness multiplies exponentially at these deeper levels.



MicroNeedling with PRP


PRP takes MicroNeedling to the next level. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and it is this substance, derived from your own blood with all its healing properties, that is applied to your skin during the MicroNeedling treatment.

At LivingYoung Center, our estheticians are MicroNeedling-certified and have performed hundreds of MicroNeedling treatments to people just like you who want to give Mother Nature a boost in maintaining the glow of youthfulness.



About the MicroNeedling Treatment


Treatment begins with an application of a topical numbing cream. While you lie comfortably, the esthetician moves a handheld device over the skin. This device utilizes precisely spaced micro-needles in a small cartridge to create invisible vertical micro-perforations into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. As a result, the skin shifts its natural repair mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair these micro-perforations. The self-repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of skin renewal from the inside out.

The advantage of the MicroNeedling (or Collagen Induction Therapy, as it also known) compared to other treatments is that it not only activates cell regeneration, it also enhances the absorption of active ingredients. Your skin becomes firmer and regains its elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer, circulation is stimulated and the overall condition of the skin improves. After the treatment, topicals best suited to your skin type (or PRP) will be applied, taking advantage of the micro-channels to achieve deep penetration. Immediately following treatment, the skin has a dewy glow.

The process of skin remodeling continues for several weeks or months after each session, but visible changes can be seen within about 7 days. Your skin automatically renews itself every 30-40 days, so with a few sessions, changes can be dramatic. For most clients we recommend a series of 2 to 3 treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. For skin with deep wrinkles, lots of sun damage, acne or other scars, 6 to 8 treatments are recommended.

Because MicroNeedling stimulates the growth of collagen, you will continue to see improvements up to six months after treatment as the collagen production continues. That’s great news! Collagen gives skin its elasticity and firmness so anything you can do perk up its production is well worth the effort.

Although most commonly used on the face, anywhere there are acne or other scars, stretch marks or uneven pigmentation will benefit from MicroNeedling. With the use of an effective topical numbing cream, this treatment doesn’t cause much discomfort and best of all, the downtime is minimal with most clients returning to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. The entire treatment including numbing takes less than an hour, depending on size of the area treated.

A MicroNeedling treatment on the face costs $300. The principle behind MicroNeedling is the same as the Fraxel Laser, but at a fraction of the cost. That makes this a very effective and affordable way to achieve results you will love. We welcome your inquiries about this treatment.