Micro-Needling is an electric pen-shaped, medical device with a disposable cartridge of fourteen very fine needles utilized to break down old scar tissue and/or to stimulate skin cells to proliferate.
Alyce performs Micro-Needling with SkinPen, a clinically-tested, FDA-approved device known for its impressive safety and results.
Micro-Needling increases cell multiplication and new tissue layers of collagen and elastin. As the skin plumps and thickens, new capillaries are also formed for improved blood supply and nourishment to the skin.
- 1 Procedure expectations
- 2 What will I look like after the treatment?
- 3 Can micro-needling be performed on any skin color?
- 4 How many treatments do I need and how often can they be repeated?
- 5 Procedure side effects?
- 6 Risks of post-op infections?
- 7 What is the downtime after micro-needling?
- 8 What is the difference between Resurfacing and Injectables?
This skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. SkinPen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. For maximized results we use medical-grade cytokines from stem cell technology immediately following the treatment.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Most clients will experience redness and mild swelling similar to a mild sunburn for 24-48 hours. There may be minimal pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Within a week or two, you will notice that your skin is smoother and more radiant. However, the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later because collagen and elastin take time to regenerate. What effects does micro-needling have on the skin?
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tightens and firms loose, lax skin.
- Stimulates tissue regeneration.
- Disfiguring and Acne scars can be improved as new collagen fibers elevate the depressed scar tissue with the periphery skin.
- Pore size reduction and improves texture.
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks.
Can micro-needling be performed on any skin color?
Micro-needling with SkinPen is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colors.
How many treatments do I need and how often can they be repeated?
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction we recommend to start with three treatments, but with a minimum separation time of four to six weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of three to six treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments. Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, decollete, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.
Procedure side effects?
There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide. Contraindications to micro-needling:
- Have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months.
- Open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin.
- Have had radiation treatment to the skin within the last year.
- Have any current skin infection, condition, herpes simplex in the area to be treated.
- Pregnant or breast feeding.
- A history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
Risks of post-op infections?
Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are extremely unlikely.
What is the downtime after micro-needling?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from red to pink that may last for 12 to 48 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend an occlusive healing balm for up to 48 hours.
We sell a treatment foundation that can be used 15 minutes after the treatment to camouflage erythema (redness).
We recommend to protect the skin with a zinc-based sunblock 24 hours after the treatment. Prior to the 24 hours direct sunlight must be avoided.
Exercising or vigorous activity is not recommended for the first 48 hours following the treatment.
What is the difference between Resurfacing and Injectables?
Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing modify the surface of the skin to correct visible signs of sun damage, such as fine lines, irregular pigmentation and blemishes.
Toxins, traditional fillers (hyaluronic acid) and collagen stimulators are injected into facial areas to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restore facial contours.