What Is Microneedling?

Also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and create micro wounds or channels. The body responds by unleashing its natural wound healing response: the production of collagen and elastin under the skin’s surface. These two structural proteins are responsible for the skin’s youthful properties, but our supply dwindles with advancing age.


Who Are The Best Candidates For Microneedling?

Pretty much anyone can be a candidate for this safe and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. 


How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling creates tiny channels in your skin to simulate your natural healing process. In response to these wounds, your body produces collagen and elastin, two building blocks of healthy, youthful skin.

Microneedling can be performed using dermal rollers, a dermal stamp and/or a microneedling pen. Sometimes microneedling is combined with cosmeceuticals, so that the active ingredients have a direct path to where they are needed most. It can also be performed using radiofrequency energy to further stimulate the body's natural collagen and healing processes.


What Areas Can Be Treated?

Microneedling can be done anywhere on the body. It can be used to address wrinkles, scarring, acne, hair loss (alopecia), pigmentation, stretch marks, rosacea and skin laxity. It can also provide general age reversing benefits to the skin.


Dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD

San Antonio, TX dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD, “We recommend Defenage’s signature 8-in-1 BioSerum to our patients which offers a long list of fast acting anti-aging and skin improving benefits. Because the serum contains niacinamide, proven effective against acne, we have found that patients are less likely to experience breakouts when used after microneedling.”



What Will I Experience During My Microneedling Treatment?

Microneedling can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on what part of your body is being treated. Your doctor may apply some numbing cream to the area for enhanced comfort. Most people report that the treatment feels like sandpaper is being rubbed across the treated area.


What Can You Expect After A Microneedling Treatment?

There is little, if any, downtime associated with microneedling. Immediate side effects may include some redness and minor swelling. These are temporary and typically resolve within a day. You may see results after one session, but a series of treatments is generally recommended for optimal cosmetic results.  You should avoid wearing makeup for 24 to 48 hours following microneedling.


Who Should Perform Microneedling?

Although it is considered safe and minimally invasive, microneedling should only be performed by a licensed aesthetician or healthcare practitioner with experience.


When Can I Start My Defenage Homecare Program?

Experts recommend using 1-Step Multi-Cleanse in the morning and evening before microneedling. It’s also beneficial to apply the 2-Minute Reveal Masque before microneedling to prep your skin for age-correcting benefits. Apply 8-in-1 BioSerum 48 hours after your microneedling procedure to promote healing and maximize the cosmetic benefits.


NOTE: Always consult your medical professional to learn more about microneedling and before applying any products to your skin post procedure.



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