What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, might be the hottest new skin care trend right now, and for good reason! Microneedling has been called "the next big thing" in anti-aging skincare procedures and continues to pick up notoriety. Microneedlng is a minimally-invasive treatment and is an effective way to stimulate the body’s natural healing process to reverse many signs of aging.

Although microneedling home devices are available, this treatment should be performed by a medical professional to maximize results and reduce the risk of infection, damage to the skin, and scarring. At GoodMedizen in Seattle, we offer microneedling treatments in our line of natural, effective cosmetic procedures.

What is Microneedling?

In a microneedling session, a medical device with fine, shallow needles, is used to make thousands of tiny, invisible "punctures" in the surface of the skin. These "punctures" trigger an immune response from the body which helps to increase cell turnover, stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and many other skin rejuvenating benefits. The increased collagen production that is stimulated by microneedling can help fill in fine lines, plump the skin, and create a more youthful appearance.

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling is a powerful procedure to slow and reverse the signs of aging. It helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, It can help prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming, but also diminish existing signs of age. With the regeneration power of microneedling, people often see noticeable results in only 4 sessions.

In just 4 monthly sessions, we typically see a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, especially "crows feet" and lines on the forehead, we also see lightening of hyperpigmentation and age spot, improved skin tone, and the beginning of deeper lines filling in. These results are greatly improved with combining with weekly nanoneedling treatments and/or cosmetic acupuncture.

With microneedling, there is little to no downtime. You will have some redness for about 24 hours. Microneedling is typically comfortable enough to not require anesthetic, but we do offer it if desired. There can be a slight "sunburn" type feeling immediately after the treatment - our after treatment mask helps this quite a bit - and it typically only lasts a few hours.

Microneedling for Acne Scars & Surgical Scars

Microneedling can be very effective for patients with acne scars. There is research that has been published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that has shown microneedling therapy producing remarkable improvement in the visibility of scarring. Researchers in a study published in Dermatologic Surgery compared fractional laser treatments to microneedling for effectiveness in resolving scars. Both treatments were found to be effective and comparable, but microneedling has fewer side effects, and less downtime. For treatment of scarring, longer needles are often used, so treatment should be only be performed by a skilled medical professional.

How does it work, and how many treatments are needed?

Our professional grade microneedling device uses needles at a depth ranging from .5mm to 2.5mm. The device oscilates at 18,000 rpm to rapidly puncture the skin to create microtrauma that stimulates the immune system, and the the production of collagen and elastin. It also increases the skin's ability to absorb nutrients by 3000%!! Because of this, we utilize stem cells, and other topical treatments during these sessions. The number of treatments you will need can vary, but generally a series of four, six, or 12 microneedling treatments, scheduled four weeks apart, produce the desired results. For deeper lines and wrinkles, scarring, or sagging skin, combining microneedling with nanoneedling and/or cosm