Microneedling is a skin treatment that activates the production of collagen to revitalize the skin. It can be performed on the face or other areas of the body. At Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England, we use a handheld device called the INNOPen to make micro-injuries to the first layer of the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process. Microneedling has been proven to reduce the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks or surgery scars
How Does it Work?
Step 1: We will apply a topical numbing cream to the area to reduce discomfort. The provider will also discuss what you can expect during and after treatment.
Step 2: A serum will be applied to the skin before the treatment to help with inflammation and protect the skin against abrasion.
Step 3: The provider will use the INNOPen to gently pierce the top layers of the skin in an automated, stamp-liked motion. Typically, three or more passes are needed.
Add PRP to Your Treatment:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a concentration of your body’s anti-aging nutrients, can be applied to the treatment area to speed up the production of collagen. This addition can be incredibly beneficial in the healing process and increase the overall results.
Downtime and After Care:
There is minimal downtime, but side effects include minor redness and swelling. This usually lasts up to 24 hours. Your provider will send you home with detailed post-treatment instructions, including what skincare products to avoid, and how to take care of your skin.
How is this Different than Dermarolling?
Micropens create a precise, vertical action, allowing for more control and consistency. With Dermarollers, the roller does not create uniform micro-injuries, and can actually lead to micro-tears due to the angled way they enter the skin. Another major difference is who is performing the treatment. Dermarollers can be purchased online and used at home. Microneedle pens (like the INNOPen) are required to be used by licensed aestheticians and there is more control over the depth of the needle penetration which allows for more customized treatments.