Our Board-Certified Acupuncture Physician, Hannah, performs Microneedling services here at Powell Chiropractic Health Center! Please scroll down to learn more about what this service entails, what kind of issues the service can help treat, and what the contraindications are for treatment.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is performed using a handheld, drum- or pen-shaped device, electrically powered, with tiny needles that make precise, microscopic punctures in the skin. These “micro-injuries” do not leave scars; they work by helping to stimulate the skin to repair itself naturally through a process called dermal remodeling. This process starts with inflammation, which stimulates the skin to produce new collagen (the elastic fibers that make skin tight, smooth, and youthful).
Collagen levels in the skin decline as we age, and new collagen can be produced when the skin is in repair mode. We utilize both nano-needling (penetrates the epidermis, top layer of skin) and microneedling (penetrates the dermis, the second layer, deeper).
What Does the Process Look Like?
- The patient's face is cleaned and makeup/oils are removed.
- Numbing cream is applied to the face. It will take 20-30 min for the numbing cream to take full effect.
- Nano-needling will be performed around the eyes while waiting for the numbing cream to take effect. Nano-needling is not painful and can be administered without a topical numbing cream.
- Next, the numbing cream is removed and the face is cleaned once more.
- The Image Skincare - Ormedic balancing antioxidant serum will be applied to each area as it is microneedled, starting with the forehead, then moving to other areas of the face.
- After microneedling all areas, the Image Skincare - Ormedic serum will be applied once more.
- The patient is now ready to be on their way.
**Neck, décolleté (chest), arms, etc. can also be worked on for an additional charge. Please consult with our office if you are interested in treating these areas as well.
What is Microneedling Used to Treat?
Microneedling is used to treat a variety of skin conditions that cause depressions in the skin such as acne scarring, surgical scars, other scars, burns, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and stretch marks. (The procedure is less effective on deep, narrow “ice-pick” acne scars than on broader ones.)
Because microneedling does not deliver heat to the skin like lasers do, people who have melasma (dark patches of skin) and hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin) can undergo microneedling without the risk of worsening pigmentation problems. Darker skin is susceptible to pigmentation changes as a post-inflammatory response.
Microneedling is sometimes used to help topical skin treatments to penetrate the skin more effectively. For example, microneedling is sometimes performed before application of minoxidil, used to treat common hair loss (androgenic alopecia, which affects both men and women).
**Please go over the following contraindications BEFORE scheduling your appointment**
For your safety and to ensure maximum benefits to you, please read the following contraindications as it can deter us from being about to treat you.
- Accutane within 6 months
- Botox or facial fillers within 1 month
- Currently pregnant or nursing
- Sold Sore flare-up
- Facial Cancer (past & present)
- Dermatological diseases affecting the face
- Active bacterial or fungal infections
- Collagen vascular disease
- Blood clotting problems
- Platelet abnormalities
- Untreated diabetes
- Immune suppression
- Steroid therapy
** All patients seeking this service will sign a Microneedling consent form stating that they went over all contraindications and side effects before beginning treatment. The consent form can be found on our website under Patient Forms, and for more information, please contact our office via phone or email.