Micro-needling

Micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure used to stimulate collagen and to repair acne scar tissue. Micro-needling involves the production of thousands of controlled microscopic needle incisions into the skin.  By inducing these tiny punctures, our skin releases growth factor to repair itself.  Growth factors are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of the procedure, as it induces new collagen production and new networks of blood vessels bringing better red blood cell perfusion.  The result is a reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, scars (especially acne scars), and overall improvement in skin tone and laxity.

At Blue Haven Medical Spa, micro-needling is performed by our esthetician, Blanca Gutierrez.  The procedure is usually completed within 60 minutes.  After a cleansing of the skin, a strong topical numbing cream is applied to the skin to ensure maximum comfort.  After numbing, a gel is applied to the skin, and the micro-needling device glides over the skin creating the microscopic punctures.

Frequently asked questions:

How much does it cost?  A micro-needling treatment costs $300.

What are the side effects? What does my skin look like after a treatment?  After the procedure, your skin will show signs of redness and will appear similar to a moderate sunburn.  There may be some slight swelling.  The redness and swelling usually subsides in 24-48 hours.  By day 3, the skin takes on a pink color, but there is minimal evidence that the procedure has taken place.  The skin may feel tight, dry or sensitive to the touch for the first 3 days.

Is it painful? No.  The topical numbing cream we apply makes the treatment very comfortable.  You may feel a vibration sensation during the treatment, similar to an electric toothbrush.

How many sessions will I need? That depends on the client, and the degree of correction desired.  This is best determined during your initial consultation.  We may suggest a session every 3-4 weeks for 4-6 months for optimal results.  Continued improvement is then seen up to 6-8 months after the last treatment due to ongoing collagen growth and remodeling.  Clients may want to update the treatment every 6-12 months thereafter.

What is the aftercare? You should wear SPF 30+ sunblock every day for at least 10 days after the treatment.  You can return to your regular makeup routine after 2-3 days once the skin is nearly back to normal.

Is there anyone who cannot get micro-needling? This treatment should NOT be used on active acne, severe rosacea, active skin infections, keloid scars, actinic keratosis or any skin cancers, eczema, psoriasis, or sebaceous hyperplasia. Clients with a history of cold sores (fever blisters) may want to pre-treat with anti-viral antibiotics to reduce risk of an outbreak.  This treatment depends on the wound healing process for its benefits, so it is not recommended if you have diabetes, have an impaired immune system, or are taking immune-suppressive medications due to an increase in infection risk.  Clients on blood thinners may have increased pinpoint bleeding or bruising.  Clients who have had Botox should wait at least 14 days, and clients who have had fillers should wait 28 days before having micro-needling.