What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of scars and skin imperfections, while also rejuvenating the skin, by increasing the body’s natural collagen production.

During the procedure, dozens of small holes are made by tiny needles that are pressed against the outer layers of the skin. The skin responds to this injury and begins to heal itself by stimulating blood circulation and producing more collagen in the treated areas. As your skin responds and the collagen production increases, your skin will take on a smoother, fuller appearance.

An added benefit is that microneedling is effective on all skin types and can be used to treat multiple areas of the body, including the face, scalp, mouth area, and neck area.

Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

Microneedling can provide many benefits for a patient, such as smoother skin, with more fullness and volume, and the reduction in the appearance of scars, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of this treatment.

If you suffer from any of the following skin conditions, you may be a good candidate for microneedling:

– Uneven, or rough skin texture
– Fine lines and/or wrinkles
– Crow’s feet (around the eyes)
– Acne scars
– Lines around the mouth
– Sun damaged skin
– Scars from surgery or other trauma
– Stretch marks

If you believe you are a good candidate for microneedling based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of collagen induction therapy and the added benefits it could bring to your life.


Collagen Induction Therapy is typically performed in a doctor’s office and takes less than an hour. Numbing medication is typically utilized topically to make the patient more comfortable during the treatment.

The doctor will usually start by applying a product to the skin that moisturizes and promotes the delivery of the treatment. Next, the microneedling device is used to puncture the skin with tiny needles all over the target areas. With some treatments, additional serums (such as PRP/PRF) can be applied to the skin at the same time to maximize the benefit. Finally, an ointment or serum is used to help heal the skin to help it heal and keep it hydrated.


Immediately following the procedure, you may experience some redness and slight swelling, but this is normal and should begin to fade and disappear within 24-48 hours after your procedure. Initially your skin may feel tighter and you may even see more volume in the treatment areas. Typically, your skin should start to ramp up its collagen production roughly 48 to 72 hours following the treatment and this continues for several weeks.

Many patients report visible results about one to four weeks following their first microneedling treatment. Final results can take up to two months to fully develop. Patients new to microneedling are usually encouraged to do three treatments, spaced one month apart, to achieve the best initial results. Then the benefits can be maintained with treatments 3-4 times per year.

The new collagen can last several years, making microneedling a long-term, effective solution to common skin problems. In order to prolong your results, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily practices to delay the natural aging process. Proper sun protection, a daily skincare regimen, and diet and exercise are all lifestyle habits that help keep signs of aging at bay.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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