Microneedling generally starts at $300 per treatment, but the price increases for patients who combine microneedling with other therapies.
It takes 48 hours to recover from the procedure.
The micro-needling procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy. A small reciprocating micro-needle pen is used for this treatment. The microneedles make small punctures on the skin, and the body creates new collagen and elastin fibres as part of the healing process. The excess collagen and elastin cause the skin to plump and thicken, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars.
Are you tired of fine lines and wrinkles making you look and feel older? Are you dealing with large pores, a poor skin texture, or sagging skin? Do you have acne scars on your face? If so, microneedling may be right for you.
Men and women can undergo a microneedling procedure at SpaMedica. Ideal candidates:
If you aren’t a candidate for microneedling, you can still undergo another procedure at SpaMedica. Read about other nonsurgical treatments available at SpaMedica or send a photo in for an assessment.
Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Microneedling promotes the production of elastin and collagen, making the skin look younger and healthier. Patients can enjoy a marked reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after undergoing a few microneedling treatments.
Improves Skin Tone
Many people suffer from skin tone issues due to sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. These imperfections make the skin look rough and cause people to look older than they are. Boosting collagen production addresses these issues, improving the skin’s overall tone.
Large pores are another concern many patients face. Large pores become clogged and cause skin problems. Microneedling can reduce the size of the pores, leaving the face clear and clean. After reducing the size of their pores, people look better with and without makeup.
Improves the Efficacy of Skincare Products
Skincare products work best when they penetrate deep into the skin. This is easy to do after the microneedling procedure. The products move through the tiny piercings made during the microneedling process and penetrate to the deep layers of the skin.
Microneedling is generally considered to be a safe procedure. However, all procedures carry some risks.
Swelling, Discomfort, and Redness
Swelling, discomfort, and redness are normal following a microneedling treatment. These side effects typically dissipate within 48 hours.
Dryness and Flaking of the Skin
Some people experience dryness and flaking of the skin following the treatment. The dryness and flakiness normally subside after 48 hours.
While rare, it is possible to develop hyperpigmentation following microneedling. Patients can reduce this risk by combining microneedling with platelet-rich plasma therapy. Dr. Mulholland will discuss this during the consultation.
Bleeding is a rare side effect of microneedling. People are at a greater risk of developing this complication if they are on blood-thinning medications or have bleeding disorders. Dr. Mulholland explains how to reduce the risk of this complication during the consultation.
Dr. Mulholland is considered one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Toronto and the rest of Canada. The award-winning cosmetic surgeon has appeared on TV and authored chapters in books on plastic surgery. As one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeons in Canada, Dr. Mulholland works with patients to ensure they receive optimal results when undergoing micro-needling and other procedures at SpaMedica.
Dr. Mulholland stays on top of the latest research and technology and is an expert at recommending treatment protocols that achieve the right results. He puts people at ease during the consultation and helps them understand what to expect following the procedure.
Fractional lasers, fractional radiofrequency devices, and skin tightening and fotofacials are alternatives for microneedling.
Dr. Mulholland or one of his personally trained staff members performs all microneedling procedures at SpaMedica. The procedure begins with an examination. The doctor must make sure that the patient does not have any open wounds or infections before performing a microneedling procedure.
Next, the face is cleaned, and a topical anesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort. Then, a small amount of water is applied to the face to help the derma roller glide during the procedure. Another product is then applied to reduce the amount of friction created by the derma roller.
The derma roller is used to create small punctures in the skin. After the treatment is complete, the patient is free to go home.
Preparation for a microneedling procedure includes:
Some patients notice results quickly after undergoing a microneedling treatment. However, it takes time for the new collagen and elastin to work; it can take 4-6 weeks to see the full results of the treatment.
Patients go home right after the microneedling procedure. Most choose to take the day off work because the skin is a pinkish or reddish tone. However, patients can return to work the following day.
Some people experience a small amount of bruising following the treatment and it is normal for the skin to feel tight, itchy, and warm for up to 2 days.
It’s possible to experience hyperpigmentation for a short time after the procedure. This is more common in patients with darker skin tones and normally goes away within 48 hours.
Patients should not wear makeup or sunscreen for 12 hours after the treatment. They also need to wash their faces with a gentle cleanser 3 hours after the treatment and again before going to bed. Patients can resume their normal skincare routines 48 hours after the treatment, but they should not use alcohol-based toners for 2 weeks since these products can dry out the skin. Also, excessive skin exposure should be avoided for 10 days.
A numbing cream is used before the microneedling procedure. The numbing agent makes the procedure comfortable for patients. However, it is normal to experience some discomfort after the procedure.
The results from microneedling are not permanent, but they can be long-lasting with a proper skincare routine. Each patient is different, so Dr. Mulholland will provide expected outcomes during the assessment. Patients can repeat microneedling every 4-6 weeks, and many choose yearly touch-up treatments to maintain the results.
Patients should not expose their skin to direct sunlight after undergoing a microneedling procedure. It’s critical to wear sunscreen when going outside after microneedling. Those who undergo microneedling to treat acne scars should use a gentle cleanser every morning and night.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP therapy is combined with microneedling to reduce swelling and redness and promote healing.