MicroNeedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy is an aesthetic procedure that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles (microneedling the skin) in order to induce production of collagen.
Sounds scary right? Turns out, It’s not!
Sara, the patient care coordinator at QCPS, and I decided to try it for ourselves and found that it reaped amazing benefits for our skin. We both have different skin types (hers is more dry, mine a little more oily) but it was great for both of us.
I have always been a fan of the sun, but it doesn’t love me back. As a child my mom was always frantically chasing me down the beach begging me to put sunscreen on but as a kid you don’t really care about sunscreen and you definitely don’t have the time to put it on. We didn’t have the nice products like the EltaMD spray or DCL Sheer Sunscreen that we do now. Now as I am older, I’m painfully regretting my carelessness. I have sunspots, uneven skin tone, fine lines and inconsistent skin texture on my face. Dr. Haque suggested trying microneedling. It’s not invasive since it’s non-surgical, has minimal downtime and overall it’s pretty painless!
The procedure begins by laying comfortably on a table and a numbing cream is applied to your face and neck (I opted out of the numbing cream but Sara decided to try it out). Then a serum that is tailored to your skin type is applied. I chose one for acne prone skin while Sara selected one that had anti-aging benefits. Originally I was a little nervous but it looks a lot worse than it is. Dr. Haque used a COSMOPen, which can be used to treat acne and surgical scars—including keloids—as well as wrinkles, stretch marks, pore size, and signs of aging. Additionally, by vertically piercing the skin, COSMOPen helps naturally induce collagen production and treat pigmentation.
The procedure was pretty painless, I opted for a light treatment with the setting and depth of only .5 millimeters while Sara chose a deeper setting to achieve greater benefits faster.
Dr Haque runs the COSMOPen over your face in a slow and even motion and pays close attention to areas where you may have fine lines or wrinkles. You feel pressure on your face and maybe mild discomfort but I wouldn’t describe it as painful. It takes a total of 15 minutes and after a mask is applied to help calm your skin. You see results after the first procedure, but if you do a series 6 to 8 weeks apart, you will really glow.
It’s been four days since I had the procedure done and I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. My skin is tighter, I have noticed some of the fine lines I had between my brows are less noticeable and my skin tone is more even. I had some light acne scarring that is now less noticeable and I feel more comfortable wearing a lighter foundation. Overall I would recommend this procedure to anyone who wants to try it and has 15 minutes to spare!
My experience with microneedling using the COSMOPen
Abby Owens, Front Office Coordinator