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Microneedling and Microchanneling

Microneedling and microchanneling are minimally-invasive, non-surgical, skin-tightening procedures for the face and neck. Microneedling and microchanneling treatments stimulate the natural production of collagen. They effectively alleviate facial wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars while tightening and toning the face and neck. 

Microneedling and microchanneling are excellent alternatives to heat treatment to avoid post-inflammatory reactions to the skin. 

How Microneedling and Microchanneling Work

When applied to the skin under topical anesthesia, sterile microneedles are used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin that can stay open for up to 4 to 6 hours. These micro-injuries to the skin stimulate your skin’s healing response and boosts its natural collagen and elastin production to improve skin tone, reduce pore size, and fade acne scars and stretch marks.  

Benefits of Microneedling and Microchanneling

The benefits of microneedling and microchanneling include

  • Costs less than other skin-resurfacing treatments
  • Works equally well on all skin tones
  • Alleviates wrinkles and fine lines
  • Tightens skin
  • Minimizes pore size
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Offers immediate results

Patients also experience a quicker recovery time than with other skin-resurfacing treatments. 

What To Expect from Microneedling and Microchanneling

While microneedling and microchanneling are very similar in application and benefits, they differ in the type of device used to administer treatment. 

Thirty to 45 minutes before microneedling or microchanneling treatment begins, a numbing cream is applied to your face. 

Once your face is numb, your provider begins the microneedling treatment using a handheld device with short, fine needles to make tiny pinpricks on your skin’s surface. For microchanneling, a pen-like device is used, and it delivers stamping motions to the skin, allowing for a more precise application that gently and effectively penetrates the skin.

Different growth factor serums can be applied on top for an extremely effective treatment to stimulate collagen and elastin growth while fighting against fine lines and scarring. 

Once the treatment is finished, a calming serum or balm is applied to your face to help soothe any redness and irritation.  

Recovery After Microneedling or Microchanneling Treatment

After treatment, you will have some redness, swelling, and sensitivity for about 3 days. If your skin is fair, you’ll stay pink for a day or two longer.

Because microneedling and microchanneling create tiny wounds, your skin will be susceptible to infection for up to 3 days after your treatment. Stick to gentle hydrating products and be especially vigilant in protecting your skin with SPF.

Microneedling and Microchanneling in Elmer, NJ  

If you are interested in microneedling or microchanneling treatment, please call Warmuth Institute of Dermatology (a part of Schweiger Dermatology Group) at (856) 358-1500 to schedule an appointment. 

Microneedling and Microchanneling FAQs

When will you see results from microneedling or microchanneling?

You can expect to see results a week after your first treatment and improvement on acne scars or deeper wrinkles after at least three treatments.

What do microneedling and microchanneling feel like?

With a numbed face, you may feel nothing more than light pressure to the face.

How many microneedling or microchanneling treatments do you need?

The number of treatments you may need depends wholly on the aesthetic results you desire. Generally, though, three treatments spaced 4 to 10 weeks apart provide patients with optimal results.

How long does microneedling or microchanneling treatment take?

The actual treatments take about 45 minutes, with an additional 30 to 45 minutes needed for numbing.

How soon after microneedling or microchanneling treatment can you wear make-up?

Our providers at Warmuth Institute of Dermatology (a part of Schweiger Dermatology Group) recommend that you wait at least 6 hours before applying make-up and ideally wait until the following day. Most patients go out hours after the treatment with no make-up at all. 

Are there any restrictions after microneedling or microchanneling treatment?

You should avoid being out in the sun for a while and take 3 to 5 days off from working out.

What kind of skin do microneedling and microchanneling work on?

Most skin colors can be treated, including tanned skin and dark skin.

Who would not be a candidate for microneedling or microchanneling treatment?

Microneedling treatment is not recommended for people who 

  • Are pregnant
  • Use or recently used Accutane for acne
  • Still have active acne resulting in new scarring
  • Have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea 
  • Scar easily
  • Have a history of poor wound healing
  • Have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months.

How long do results last for microneedling or microchanneling treatment?

Everyone is different, but the collagen and elastin you make is your own and continues accelerated production over the next 6 months as results improve over time.

Is there any downtime after microneedling or microchanneling treatment?

There is no downtime after microneedling or microchanneling treatment. Just be sure to follow the aftercare instructions you are given to experience the best results and fastest recovery.

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