MD Pen Micro Needling

What is cosmetic needling?

Micro needling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT) or cosmetic skin needling, is a minimally invasive, non-ablative skin regeneration therapy that utilizes tiny needles to create controlled micro injuries in the skin.  These micro injuries stimulate the skin to produce new collagen and elastin via the skin’s own wound healing mechanisms.  They also significantly increase the skin’s ability to absorb topical products, such as anti-aging serums, when applied during or immediately after the procedure.

What are the benefits of micro needling?

  • Significantly increases the penetration and effectiveness of active topical serums
  • Triggers the skin’s own regenerative processes
  • Stimulates circulation and production of collagen and elastin
  • Minimal down time
  • Suitable for all Fitzpatrick skin types
  • Can be used on all areas of the body and face, including around the eyes and mouth

How does an MD Pen treatment feel?

As the technician lightly presses and glides the activated MD Pen across the skin, treatment sensations vary.  Most clients report the treatment to be well-tolerated – feeling like light sandpaper moving across the skin.  Normally, a topical anesthetic is applied 15-20 minutes before the procedure to reduce or eliminate any discomfort.

How long does a treatment take?

A full face and neck anti-aging treatment is usually completed within 20 to 40 minutes.  Treatment times for other areas will depend on the size and number of areas being treated.

How many treatments are needed?

Depending on your skin’s condition and your treatment goals, you may decide to have just a single treatment.  For some conditions (again, based on your goals), your technician may advise you to have a series of 3 to 6 treatments typically spaced about one month apart.  This is so that the skin can complete a full regenerative cycle between treatments.

How will my skin feel after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, your skin may feel a bit sensitive and appear flushed, similar to how a mild sunburn feels.  This generally dissipates to a rosy look within just a few hours.  Mild redness and a tight feeling can be experienced the first one to three days following treatment.  Clients can resume normal activities the same day, but should not wear make-up the first 12 hours following treatment.  Your normal skin care regimen can be resumed after 2-3 days.  Sun screen should NOT be applied to the treated area immediately following treatment.

Is there any down time?

Because micro needling does not cause the same level of trauma to the skin as some lasers or deep peels, there is virtually no downtime.

Are there any potential side effects?

Since micro dermal needling does not involve injections or ablative actions, the injuries to the skin are truly “micro” injuries, and incidents of adverse reactions are rare.

What do I do after my treatment?

Hydration of the skin, both internally and externally, is essential.  Drinks lots of water and be sure to follow the post-procedure instructions provided by your technician.

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