Microneedling with Stem Cells
(Collagen Induction Therapy)
What It Is
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is one of the safest and most effective non-invasive treatments for overall skin rejuvenation. This gentle resurfacing procedure creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin to stimulate its natural repair process and encourages the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Here at
Biomend, we also incorporate human derived skin cells and growth factors to your treatment, resulting in cell regeneration, replacing old and damaged skin cells with new ones and giving you a plump, youthful, and radiant complexion.
Microneedling is effective for:
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Improving the appearance of scars (acne, surgical, or trauma)
Shrinking enlarged pores
Blurring stretch marksCreating more even skin tone and correcting hyperpigmentation
Microneedling may be performed anywhere on the face or body. It is frequently used in the facial area to target acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. However, microneedling has also been shown to produce positive results in softening stretch marks in the thighs and abdominal area. It’s also considered to be safe and effective for most skin types.
How to Prepare
During the initial consultation, your provider will orient you on how to prepare for your
microneedling treatment. These may include but is not limited to:
Discontinue topical beauty or skincare products containing Retin A, retinol, or
vitamin A for a week before treatment.
Wear sunscreen at all times to protect your skin from sunburn.
How It Works
First a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin to increase your comfort during the procedure. The microneedling device is motorized with a sterile tip containing very fine needles. When the tool glides over the skin, the needles create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body to produce new collagen and elastin.
Biomend Aesthetics and Wellness is pleased to offer microneedling treatments with the Skin-Pen, an FDA approved, state-of-the-art device. It offers a comfortable, precise treatment with minimal to no downtime. The Skin-Pen is unmatched in engineering, precision, and efficacy.
Each microneedling treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. During the procedure, your provider will first apply a topical anesthetic to the skin to increase your comfort. Your provider will then glide the Skin-Pen over the skin’s surface in a precise pattern. During and after the treatment, your provider will also apply activating serums containing stem cells and growth factors to stimulate collagen and elastin production. You may feel a slight vibration on the skin, but the treatment is virtually painless.
Results You Can Expect
After microneedling, your skin cells begin to work double-time to produce new tissue. Many of our patients notice an immediate glow in their skin after their first microneedling treatment. More dramatic effects become more noticeable as they continue with the recommended series of treatments. Expect to see a smoother skin texture and even skin tone as your skin exfoliates optimally.
Within 4-6 weeks, you may see visible improvements in fine lines and pore size as the skin’s epidermis thickens. Improvement in scars may continue up to two years post- treatment, as new and healthy tissue is developed continuously. Enhanced results may be achieved with an appropriate skincare routine and daily use of a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Aftercare and Recovery
Due to advanced technology offered by the Skin-Pen, our microneedling at Biomend is a non-invasive treatment with very minimal to no downtime.
Some patients may experience skin redness or sensitivity after the treatment, which is normal and should resolve in about 24 hours. Other patients may experience no redness whatsoever. Most patients return to routine activities immediately after the treatment.
Get the most out of your microneedling treatment with these aftercare tips.
Do not use makeup or any product on the treatment area for the first 12 hours post-treatment. Patients are usually asked to wait for up to 72 hours before going back to their regular skincare or makeup routine.
Only use the approved products provided to you or advised by your medical professional. These are usually gentle and include serums with growth factors to help boost your treatment.
Stay indoors for the next 48 hours as much as possible. Your treated skin is still photosensitive, and exposure to ultraviolet light can be damaging for you.
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times.
Refrain from exercising or doing any strenuous activity within the first 48 hours of treatment. Exerting effort and sweating out can irritate the skin, which is still raw. Gyms are also notorious for being hotspots for bacteria, which can infect your skin.
Postpone going to the sauna or swimming. These activities put you at risk of irritation, inflammation, or infection due to sweating and the harsh chemicals in most pools.
Avoid using exfoliating facial cleansers, retinol, vitamin C, glycolic or lactic acid, or other active skin care products for 3-5 days or as advised by your provider.
Microneedling is generally a minimally invasive and safe cosmetic treatment. However, as with any procedure, complications are possible but rare.
After the procedure, it’s normal to see redness in the treated area, which can dissipate within 1-2 days. On the contrary, check for excessive redness, swelling, or pain, which are potential symptoms of infection. Contact your medical provider immediately to mitigate further complications.
Microneedling therapy can address an extensive array of skin conditions. However, we do not recommend it if you:
Are pregnant or breastfeeding (this depends on the products we use, talk tous first)
Have pre-existing skin diseases, psoriasis or eczema
Have a severe sunburn
Have a active pimple or an acne problem
Have broken skin or an open wound
Have an active cold sore
Have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease like lupus
Have undergone radiation therapy in the recent months
These conditions already make your skin sensitive and vulnerable and therefore impedes its natural healing ability. When you have pimples or active infection, microneedling can spread the acne and disease-causing bacteria in other areas and further exacerbate it.