Your South Bay Micro Needling Provider
Micro needling aka Collagen Induction Therapy is one of the latest beauty treatments performed at the Laser Image Company in the South Bay. We use the medical-grade MD Needle Pen which is a small handheld device with ultra-fine needles to make tiny controlled punctures called micro-wounds, or channels in the skin. These micro-wounds trigger the body’s natural healing process that produces new collagen and elastin within the dermis, and new capillaries for improved blood supply. This is essential to help reduce imperfections and give radiant skin. Results are a rejuvenated appearance, improved skin texture, and decreased wrinkles, pigmentation, and acne scars.
The creation of the micro-wounds allows topical products to penetrate into the skin. This increases the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000%!
Micro needling has had remarkable results with reducing stretch marks and regrowth of hair. Take a look at our microneedling before and after photos to see what you can expect.
The Science of Micro Needling
Many studies have shown that controlled injury of the skin at a measured depth will create an overall improvement in a skin condition. In the past, this would be performed with a single needle inserted into the skin and showed promising results. With the use of the new micro needling pen technology, the dermatologist or practitioner can create thousands of these microscopic injuries in a few minutes. Studies have shown that “skin needling therapy showed a favorable effect on enhancing collagen formation, an increase of epidermal thickening and synthesized tropoelastin, the precursor to elastin. This significant increase occurred three months after starting treatment.”
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- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Increase collagen stimulation.
- Naturally encourage skin rejuvenation.
- Shrink pore size.
- Tighten loose skin.
- Decrease acne scars.
- Improves skin tone, texture, and color.
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
- Increase hair growth.
- Safe on all skin types.
Before & After Photos
Frequently Asked Questions – Micro Needling
What is Microneedling?
Medical micro needling also referred to as collagen induction therapy is an old concept reinvented with the use of a professional dermapen. The procedure is aimed at stimulating the body’s own healing process by creating micro-injuries in the skin. The micro-channels created by the procedure allow for optimal absorption of topical products, enhancing their effects in the skin’s deeper layers. Micro needling can be done with your body’s own PRP, platelet-rich plasma, or hyaluronic acid.
Micro needling treatment will tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, pores, and stretch marks.
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What does micro needling entail?
Prior to starting the procedure, all of your skin concerns will be discussed and the nurse will create a specialized needle depth protocol for each area. Pictures will be taken and numbing cream will be applied to the area for 20 minutes to reduce any discomfort. If doing micro needling with PRP, blood will be drawn and spun in a centrifuge for 15 minutes to separate your Platelet Rich Plasma. The area will be wiped clean and a small amount of the PRP or hyaluronic acid is applied to the skin and the micro needling tool is glided over the section several times. This process is continued until the entire face or area is treated.
The micro channels created by microneedling provide direct pathways to the deeper layers of the skin for optimal wound healing with the use of PRP.
Do stem cell treatments work?
Doing micro needling with PRP is pushing your own body’s stem cells into the wounds we create. This increases collagen production and enhances healing. Any remaining PRP will be applied after the treatment to speed recovery.
Is micro needling painful?
The actual micro needling procedure is not painful because a topical numbing agent is applied to the treatment area. Some patients say it feels similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin.
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How long does it take to recover from micro needling?
Following the treatment, the skin will be red and flushed, similar to mild sunburn, which can last for 12 hours to 3 days. Patients may experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or slight peeling during that time. Healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition but expect 1-3 days of pink skin. The redness can be covered with mineral makeup 12 hours after the procedure but it is recommended to wait 24 hours before applying any.
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How long does a micro needling treatment take?
Between 45 minutes to 1 hour for the entire process. The actual micro needling part of the procedure takes 15 minutes for a full face.
When will I see the results?
Patients notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take 2-4 weeks and continue for up to 3 months.
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Does micro needling help with pigmentation?
The short answer is yes micro needling helps with pigmentation and melasma but must include a home care routine with lightening cream. A product with Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, lesson the pigment and inhibit its return. It is imperative that a physical SPF 30 sunblock be used whether it is sunny or not.
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Can micro needling help with stretch marks?
Micro needling on stretch marks has shown promising results for tightening the skin and reducing its appearance.
How many micro needling treatments will I need?
A series of 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks is ideal for optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6 – 8 treatments.
Who is this treatment for?
Anyone that wants to improve skin irregularities and look younger.
What area do we service?
Micro needling at the Laser Image Company is done in Redondo Beach, serving Torrance, Palos Verdes, Hermosa Beach, and the greater Los Angeles area.
Micro Needling After Care Instructions
Your recovery time will be influenced by the aggressiveness of your micro needling treatment, along with your individual skin’s response. Your Skin Care Specialist will have discussed with you the individual healing time frame but you should expect between 1-4 days. The following are some basic post-treatment instructions:
- Sun Exposure: Avoid direct sun for 3-5 days.
- Sun Block is mandatory if outside or inside. Physical Sunblock is recommended and reapplied every 2 hours.
- Waxing/Laser treatments should be avoided in the treatment area for 2 weeks.
- Facial treatments in the area should be avoided for 2 weeks.
- Avoid exercise or swimming for 24 hours. You do not want to sweat immediately after micro needling.
- No exfoliating products like Vitamin C, Retin-A, Astringents, Acids, or products containing alcohol/fragrance for 3 days unless instructed by your skincare specialist.
- If possible NO make-up for 24 hours and use mineral makeup after that time.
- Increase water intake to include at least 8 glasses.
- Wash treated area with gentle cleanser 3 days post-treatment. Do NOT use washcloths as they can irritate your skin.
- Do not pick at the skin!