What is microneedling?
It’s a quick and almost painless procedure that stimulates natural collagen production resulting in radiant, plumped, youthful looking skin. Clients typically notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Further improvements to the skin’s texture, tone and color develop over the course of a few weeks.
What can it treat?
Microneedling is used to address uneven skin tone, acne scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Microneedling can be used on all parts of the body. It is most commonly done on the face, neck, and hands. Microneedling can also be done on the scalp to promote hair growth.
How many treatments are needed?
Three to five monthly treatments are recommended for best results for most clients. Ongoing maintenance is usually every six months.
How is the procedure done?
A sterile, single use needle-tip containing 12 tiny stainless-steel microneedles is attached to the micropen. The acupuncturist will apply a thin layer of topical serum to your skin. The pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding across the treatment area. The speed of the needle tip makes the treatment comfortable. The microneedling procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. After the treatment, a topical made with apple stem cells will be applied to the treatment area, followed by a soothing and hydrating serum face mask. Apple-stem cells have been shown to promote facial stem cell rejuvenation over 80%. The acupuncturist also includes an individualized acupuncture treatment to best support your skin health.
What is the downtime?
The side effects may include short-term redness, warmth, swelling, tightness, itching and skin flaking, like a mild sunburn. Recovery is relatively short, with most redness and discomfort subsiding within 1-2 days. One the day of the treatment, sun exposure and activities that cause sweating should be avoided. Most clients can resume their regular skin care, makeup routine, and normal activities the next day.
How does it work?
The device makes surface level punctures on the skin with very fine needles. The micro injuries stimulate the skin to repair itself naturally. The body boosts collagen and elastin production which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and elevates the texture, tone and color of the skin. Microneedling creates micro-channels which allow skin products to be absorbed more effectively.
What are the contraindications?
Microneedling is contraindicated if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, anticoagulant therapy, have an active dermatological condition affecting the treatment area, have keloid scarring, have ever had skin cancer, have diabetes or are pregnant. See the Northshore Acupuncture Center waiver
for a more complete list of contraindications.
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