At SpaDerma in Chicago, we use an FDA-cleared Microneedling device, called SkinPen. The device uses needles to pierce the skin in a controlled and precise pattern that works to tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the skin. It’s effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and surgical and acne scars. Microneedling is safe for all skin types, has a short treatment time, and minimal discomfort without much downtime. You can use our microneedling service at our Chicago and Wilmette locations.
Microneedling Treatment Overview
What you need to know about Microneedling Treatments
What Microneedling does
The automated SkinPen device utilizes a disposable tip containing 11 microneedles. This cartridge is used to vertically stamp the skin at high speed to stimulate collagen production. The SkinPen tip creates micro-injuries that encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through normal physiological processes. The SkinPen is as safe and effective as a fractional laser or intense pulsed light but with significantly shorter recovery period. You can treat your face, neck, décolleté, or any area of concern. A series of 3-6 treatments is recommended, spacing each treatment 3-4 weeks apart.
How to prepare for Microneedling
Discontinue use of retinoids and prescription topicals 14 days prior to your treatment. Wait until active acne and/or any possible sunburn has subsided. If prone to cold sores, take Valtrex or something similar for few days prior to treatment. This treatment cannot be performed on pregnant or breast-feeding patients due to the ingredients in the numbing cream applied before treatment.
What to expect during Microneedling
A numbing topical is applied prior to treatment to allow for a near-painless experience. While receiving treatment you may feel pressure and a vibrating sensation. Immediately after treatment you will feel like you have a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This is normal and will usually subside within 1-2 hours and will recover within 24 hours.
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The results from microneedling usually last for several months, depending on the condition of your skin before the treatment and how your skin reacts to the procedure.
Many people find that microneedling is pretty much pain-free, with very little discomfort. If you do experience any discomfort, your provider may recommend using a topical anesthetic before beginning the procedure to help minimize any potential pain or irritation.
Yes! Microneedling is an effective skincare treatment that can help improve the health and appearance of your skin. Microneedling can be used to treat a wide range of skin concerns, including acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and more. The procedure works by creating micro-injuries in the skin, which triggers the production of new collagen and elastin to help improve the appearance of your skin.
How often you should get microneedling depends on your individual skincare needs. In general, most people will need 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve their desired results. Your provider will work with you to determine the best treatment plan and frequency for your specific needs.
Like all medical procedures, microneedling does carry some potential side effects. These may include mild redness, irritation, and swelling but will go away in the following weeks.
Yes! Microneedling can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of scars and acne scaring. Microneedling works by stimulating the production of collagen, which helps repair damaged skin tissue and promotes healing. This can help improve the appearance of scars and other common skincare concerns over time.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to comparing chemical peels and microneedling. Both treatments are effective for a wide range of skincare concerns, and the choice between them will typically depend on your individual needs and goals. Some factors to consider include your skin type and condition, the severity of your skincare concerns, and your budget.
Your provider can help you determine which treatment is right for you during a consultation.