We are pleased to offer our clients the benefits of innovative collagen induction therapy, or CIT, through the gentle, efficient microneedling technique. Microneedling is a minimally invasive method of skin rejuvenation that continues to grow in popularity amongst men and women of all ages. The trained staff at Dr. J's Elegant Reflections Med Spa uses a medical-grade, automated, handheld device to ultimately stimulate the production of healthy new skin cells. These cells, in turn, support a healthy network of collagen and elastin, along with highly functional capillaries, which work together to moisturize and nourish the dermal tissues.
What Does Microneedling Do?
When the handheld device is moved across the skin, thousands of microchannels are created. These microscopic wounds heal before you leave our office. The after-effect, however, is the stimulation of cellular production in deeper layers of tissue. This natural healing response leads to an improvement in collagen and elastin stores, which will promote healthier, more attractive, more youthful looking skin.
Microneedling is an excellent solution for San Diego patients struggling with:
- Age spots
- Sun damage and hyperpigmentation
- Overall rejuvenation of the skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Poor texture
- Skin laxity
- Certain types of scars
- Thinning hair
The Microneedling Procedure
Microneedling with our Eclipse MicroPen Elite system is typically completed within thirty to sixty minutes, depending on the size and contouring of the treatment area. Our discreet MincroPen has a sterile tip that we press gently against the skin. A series of passes are made, resulting in microchannels through which nourishing serums and skin care products can better penetrate the dermis.
Treatment is minimally uncomfortable due to the vertical fast action of the automoated pen. Comfort can also be improved with the application of topical numbing cream before we begin. Some of the common treatment areas include the face, hands, arms, neck, and décolleté.
Optimal improvement is seen with a series of three to five treatments, scheduled 4 - 6 weeks apart. Every person is different. Some, more severe concerns may respond best to a greater number of treatments or from the inclusion of other modalities, such as laser therapy. While laser resurfacing may remain the best choice for more advanced lines, wrinkles, scars, and sun damage, microneedling is a wonderful complement to this treatment or on its own for milder concerns.
What are the Risks of Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe precise treatment done in a sterile manner, performed by a Registered Nurse. Typically patients are red for 24 hours after their treatment so planning according with your work schedule is important.
What is Recovery Like After Microneedling?
The microneedling recovery timeline is 2 to 3 days. After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed in appearance, similar to a moderate sunburn. The patient may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch. This will diminish significantly within a few hours following the procedure.