How long do the effects of Micro Needling Last? How often is maintenance required?

I am considering getting a micro needling procedure done, but the nurse said the procedure requires a maintenance needling every few months. Why every few months? I plan to do the needling for collagen production around the eye area and usually when getting lasers done for collagen production the treatments are required years apart, not months apart.

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Lasting effects from micro-needling

To get the best results from micro-needling I recommend an initial series of four monthly treatments. During each treatment, my staff uses a concentrated human growth factor serum derived from human stem cells to further enhance the results. We also have our patients apply a growth factor serum at home to not only maintain the results but to give continued improvement as well.
By the way, a recent study showed that micro-needling the skin can give as good or better results than laser or Fraxel treatments!

South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lasting effects of micro-needling and maintenance treatments

Micro-needling(aka Collagen Induction Therapy) is great for stimulating collagen and overall rejuvenation of the skin(as is laser resurfacing), but given the skin continues to age, we must continue to rejuvenate AND MAINTAIN no matter the modality. 

A series of 4-6 micro-needling treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended to achieve an optimal result.  Once you have completed your series, your clinician can determine what maintenance regimen will best suit you based on your overall skin care goals. It most likely will include micro-needling maintenance treatments at some point, but if you continue to maintain an effective home care regimen, in addition to, regular skin care treatments you should be "sitting pretty," for 6 months to a year before you need a maintenance treatment. 

For all you do to stimulate collagen, it is continually being broken down. This is the ugly truth.This is why maintenance is key. As we age, we do not produce collagen as readily as we did in our youth. And no matter how much we do to slow down the aging process, we cannot stop it in its entirety. The aging that we experience in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, & tactile roughness can all be attributed to the natural break down of collagen over time, in addition to, a drastic decrease in cellular turnover. When you factor in lifestyle habits such as over exposure to sun, tanning beds, smoking, etc.  you aid in expediting the aging process. 

Microneedling Lasting Effects

It is a minimally invasive procedure. It also stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself. You will see results with one treatment, but the results will be even greater if you do a series of treatments. As with any treatment, the more you are consistent and keep up with it, the more results you will have.  I recommend to my patients to have microneedling performed every 4-6 weeks, depending on the depth of their treatment.  

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Microneedling Effects

For microneedling it is most effective to do 4-5 treatments about 4 weeks apart. We use various serums with the procedure to optimize the therapy. Unfortunately, we cannot stop our skin from aging so maintenance treatments are needed to achieve longer lasting results.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Micro Needling

Micro Needling can have several approaches, just like laser can have several approaches. Depending on what your goals are, and what you want your end result to be, will depend on the time between services. We do have our patients come back four to six weeks for a series of 6. Then we discuss what each patient can do to maintain the results. Example being, coming in for Hydrafacials each month for additional exfoliation and hydration.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Are the effects of micro needling permanent?

Hello Anna07,
Thanks for your question.
All minimally invasive treatments for the face only reset the clock.
You continue to age therefore you need to continue with keeping up your treatments.  Just like a car that gets no maintenance falls apart faster, a face with no maintenance will also age faster.
The cost and recovery from micro needling is fairly minimal therefore it's an easy maintenance treatment.
Good luck,
Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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How Often To Microneedle

As with any treatment, the more you are consistent and keep up with it, the more results you will have.  I recommend to my patients to have microneedling performed every 4-6 weeks, depending on the depth of their treatment.  I also recommend combining the microneedling treatment with PRP therapy or platelet rich plasma.  This involves a quick blood draw and then we spin down your plasma to isolate out the platelets and growth factors.  This PRP is then massaged into your face like a mask or it can be injected directly into problematic areas.  Best of luck to you!

It depends

I think we are all different. I never say how many treatments are needed. Start with one and daily regimen and see how it goes! 

Samer Muala, MD
Phoenix Family Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Microneedling with PRP for collagen production

Hello Anna07,

Thank you for your question. Microneedling is a facial treatment to stimulate the collagen production, to help address lines, pores, smooth out the skin, scars, and overall appearance of the skin. You will see results with one treatment, but the results will be even greater if you do a series of treatments.

Most patients love the results so much, microneedling is part of their facial maintenance and return every few months to be treated. I would recommend having your microneedling treatment done with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

Hope this helps,
Dr Faraz

Microneedling Maintenance Program

Microneedling results can last several months depending on the patient and their skin care program. The treatment can be repeated as often as needed or suggested by your provider.

David J. Sire, MD
Fullerton Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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