MicroNeedling in Philadelphia, PA

Do you want a beautiful, healthy complexion? MicroNeedling (also called Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy) renews and revitalizes your skin with minimal downtime. MicroNeedling is a minimally invasive procedure that treats many skin issues and is ideal for any skin type.

What Is MicroNeedling?

MicroNeedling is a type of skin resurfacing treatment that can treat sun-damaged skin, fine lines, facial scars, uneven pigmentation, and acne scars. It involves using a device with very fine needles to create tiny punctures in the top layer of skin. This treatment triggers the body’s healing process and creates new collagen and elastin, which tightens the skin.

What Does MicroNeedling Therapy Treat?

MicroNeedling is a versatile skincare treatment that can improve many different skin concerns, including:

MicroNeedling Benefits

Microneedling offers comprehensive, natural skin repair and can provide the following benefits:

The MicroNeedling Treatment

When an injury occurs, the body responds by healing it. Sometimes this results in a change to the skin’s appearance, such as an acne scar. Creating a new micro-wound in the same area with microneedling triggers another healing response that can greatly improve the appearance of the skin. Since tiny needles cause injuries, they do not trigger the aggressive scarring that can sometimes happen with more extensive injuries.

At The Lumen Center, we use the SkinPen, the first FDA-cleared microneedling device. It has the following advantages including:

Your skin quickly repairs the micro-wounds with healthy new skin cells, giving you a vibrant glow. Over the following weeks, collagen production increases, making your skin firmer and smoother.

"I had a wonderful experience getting facials and microneedling. These treatments target my skin concerns and its looking better than ever! I highly recommend!"

MicroNeedling with PRP

Some of our patients like to combine MicroNeedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), known as the Vampire Facial®. PRP is a concentration of platelets in the blood crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin. Results are enhanced when combining your microneedling treatment with PRP therapy. To prepare the PRP, we draw your blood while waiting for the topical numbing cream to take effect. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which extracts the PRP from the blood. After MicroNeedling is completed, the PRP is injected under the skin and applied topically to the treatment area. The tiny holes allow the PRP to penetrate the skin layer better and dramatically enhance the repair process.

MicroNeedling vs. CoolPeel CO2 Laser Treatment

Our patients love microneedling because it’s quick and involves very minimal downtime, but it produces gradual results. We also offer a more in-depth skin resurfacing treatment, CoolPeel CO2 laser treatment, which provides long-lasting results. It has minimal downtime but can dramatically improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and clear up the skin’s complexion. The CoolPeel treatment is ideal if you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, pores, and blemishes. This treatment also stimulates the production of collagen and produces glowing skin for a younger, healthier look. During your consultation, we’ll create the best plan for you.

MicroNeedling with Laser Genesis

Combining microneedling with Laser Genesis treatment can result in a comprehensive skin rejuvenation process that targets a wide array of skin issues. When paired with Laser Genesis, a non-invasive laser technology that treats fine lines, redness, and other signs of aging, the two treatments can offer synergistic effects. Laser Genesis further enhances collagen production, reduces redness, and shrinks pores, complementing the benefits of microneedling. This combination therapy can help with micro pigmentation and provide a more youthful, even-toned, and radiant complexion. Results often seen after just one session.

Microneedling vs. Home Microneedling

Microneedling is best done by a skincare professional or aesthetician in-office. While DIY microneedling may be an inexpensive option, it’s often less effective, associated with infections and complications.

It’s best to choose professional microneedling over at-home microneedling for the following reasons:

Better Results

Home rolling is known to provide minimal improvement, at best. Skin care professionals use more advanced microneedling devices and are properly trained to perform microneedling treatments on different skin types. DIY microneedles are typically less than 1mm long, while professional microneedling devices often use needles between 1mm to 3mm. The longer needles used in professional settings result in more controlled micro-injuries, providing more effective results.

Safer Process

Home microneedling can increase the risk of infection since creating skin injuries with a DIY tool can bring bacteria into the skin and spread it. Professional microneedling minimizes this risk since skincare professionals use sterilized equipment in a sterile environment.

Fewer Sessions Needed

Since professional microneedling is a more powerful alternative, treatment can be done less often, usually every 3-6 months. By comparison, home microneedling often requires weekly sessions that yield minimal results.

Skin Care Products with MicroNeedling

To extend the results of your microneedling treatment, maintaining a good skin care regimen is a must. During your consultation, we’ll discuss ideal skincare products to match your skin type and goals. We also carry a full line of medical-grade skincare products and often serums with vitamin C and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or collagen to maximize the effect of microneedling therapy. We’ll give you personalized recommendations to maintain good skin health and maximize the results of your microneedling treatment.

MicroNeedling Frequently Asked Questions

You can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. However, you may experience mild swelling and redness after each treatment. It may feel like you have a mild sunburn, but side effects will subside within 48 hours. A daily moisturizer will help heal the skin and reduce irritation, and sunscreen is highly recommended.

In short, yes! The American Academy of Dermatology issued a press release stating that microneedling “can improve the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.” ScienceDirect also published a study concluding that microneedling is a safe and effective therapy for a variety of skin conditions, both as a standalone treatment and in combination with other topical treatments or radiofrequency. The study determined that microneedling was often preferred over other skin renewal treatments because it could yield similar results with less downtime and fewer side effects.

Microneedling is not painful, and we apply topical numbing cream to make you feel comfortable before the treatment. You may feel mild pressure or a scratching sensation during your procedure, but you shouldn’t experience discomfort. To help minimize any potential discomfort, we recommend that you stop using skin care products that can irritate the skin, like retinol and other exfoliants before treatment.

Most patients can expect the results of microneedling treatments to last approximately 3-6 months. Your results depend on how long new collagen lasts in your skin and the extent of your skin concerns. If you need to build a lot of collagen to correct severe skin concerns, your results will likely last a few months. But if you have mild concerns, you may experience longer results.

Since microneedling offers a variety of benefits to your skin, our patients find it well worth the cost. In fact, microneedling is one of the most cost-effective options for beautiful, more youthful skin.

Yes, microneedling is generally considered to be a safe treatment with minimal side effects. The most common side effect is temporary redness and swelling of the treated area. Other rare but potential side effects include bruising, bleeding, and infection.

Is MicroNeedling Right for You?

If you want to improve your skin’s health and restore a youthful complexion, MicroNeedling alone or with PRP can enhance your outcome with dramatic results.

At The Lumen Center, we individualize every treatment plan so that you see maximum improvement in skin appearance and quality. We offer complimentary consultations before your treatment and take our time to discuss expectations, provide instructions and answer any questions you may have.

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