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  • Writer's pictureSanta Fe Skin Institue

What is Micro Needling?

Micro needling is a relatively new dermatologic procedure for the treatment of multiple skin conditions. It typically involves a device with an array of very small needles that puncture the skin repetitively. This microscopic repetitive trauma causes the skin to create naturally occurring molecules and compounds that have been lost during the aging process, namely collagen and elastin. This typically provides a notable rejuvenation in the skin's appearance and texture.

Micro needling is a procedure that can be safely performed while the patient is awake. Numbing cream in his first applied to help with patient comfort. Treatments can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the area being treated. There is typically very minimal downtime afterwards. As with all skin treatments sun exposure should be avoided before and after the treatment.

More advanced micro needling devices have the additional option for radiofrequency (RF) energy delivery. This has the added benefit of increased collagen and elastin production thereby improving results. Our micro needling device uses RF technology in order to maximize patient outcomes.

Historically alternatives for skin rejuvenation include topical chemical peels, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, and surgical interventions (ie face/neck lifts). These alternatives have many drawbacks such as limited results/effects, increased potential for complications, increased downtime and recovery as well as an increased cost compared to micro needling.

Effective micro needling treatments typically require a series of treatments for reversing and reducing the signs of aging. Fortunately there is typically less than 24 hours of downtime after a RF micro needling treatment in our clinic.

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