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What is microneedling?


Microneedling is a treatment that uses fine needles to create tiny channels in the skin. The channels are created by inserting shallow wounds into the outermost layer of skin. This causes a positive healing response and stimulates collagen production, making your skin look younger and healthier. Microneedling is commonly combined with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for better results. All types of microneedling are great options for people who are looking for anti-aging treatments but don’t want surgery or other invasive procedures. In addition, many people prefer microneedling because it doesn’t involve any downtime after treatment. We highly recommend in-office microneedling rather than at-home treatments since micro-injuries applied with the wrong devices and incorrectly aren’t safe and are at high risk for permanent damage to your skin.

Cut to the chase

Microneedling is the process of using small needles to create controlled skin injury. This injury stimulates the body to produce new collagen and elastin in an area, which results in a tightening and rejuvenation effect. It can be used for a variety of conditions including acne scarring, brown spots/melasma, aging skin and skin tightening.

What is microneedling with SkinPen?

Microneedling with SkinPen is a procedure in which tiny needles are used to create hundreds of micro-channels in the skin. These channels allow for increased absorption of collagen building products, such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. The result is new collagen production, which can help smooth out acne scars or improve skin tone and texture.

What areas can be treated with microneedling?

Microneedling in Toronto using the SkinPen has been shown to be beneficial for treating scars on the face, neck and chest caused by acne or trauma; stretch marks that occur during pregnancy; age spots (liver spots); rough dry patches on elbows and knees; skin laxity from weight loss surgery; cellulite on thighs; pigmentation issues like age spots, freckles and sun damage.

How does microneedling work?

Microneedling at Lift Clinic Toronto uses precise medical grade stainless steel needles between 0.5mm-2.5 mm long (depending on area being treated) that puncture into your skin’s upper dermis wherein lies collagen fibers responsible for keeping our faces tight! As these micro channels form in each puncture wound they will begin rebuilding themselves over time creating thicker and more even looking skin!

What is microneedling with radiofrequency?

Microneedling with radiofrequency is an in-office treatment that combines controlled heat with microneedling. Radiofrequency energy delivers a gentle, controlled heat to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. The needle depth range is broader, from 0.3mm to 4mm depending on the area being treated, and there’s virtually no pain associated with it since the needles are so fine.

The results speak for themselves: this procedure produces tighter pores, smoother texture and plumper skin in less than one hour! It’s perfect for acne scars, loose skin (especially around the neck), crepey skin (especially on the eyelids), hooding of eyelid skin or brown spots on your hands or face. The best results are progressive over a series of 3 to 6 treatments, but start with one and see how you like it! (Spolier alert: you will).

What is the difference between microneedling and microneedling with radiofrequency?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a needle to create tiny holes in the skin without the application of skin tightening energy. Whereas radiofrequency (RF) microneedling uses a radiofrequency (heat) device to create tiny holes in the skin and stimulate collagen to a deeper and greater degree than with just needles alone. Microneedling with radiofrequency is a more advanced procedure using combination therapy to treat multiple concerns such as loose skin, eyelid hooding, and crepey skin. Both treatments are virtually pain-free with little to no downtime. The best radiofrequency microneedling in Toronto will walk you through both options. We recommend microneedling with SkinPen with or without PRP for those dipping their toes into the cosmetic treatments world, and for younger patients with minor skin concerns like fine lines. For more mature patients, we recommend the best radiofrequency (RF) microneedling in Toronto for better skin tightening results to reverse common signs of aging.

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use a mixture of concentrated platelets suspended within your own plasma, and used to stimulate neocollagenesis. PRP microneedling injection is a natural way to stimulate collagen production and has been used in clinics all over the world to treat various skin conditions such as acne scars, wrinkles and sun damage.

How Does PRP Work?

When platelets are activated by the body they release growth factors that can be used for cell regeneration. Injecting these growth factors directly into the skin helps stimulate collagen production which results in increased elasticity, reduced fine lines and an overall improved appearance.

Microneedling with PRP can also be used for hair loss treatments or other issues related to hair follicles including alopecia areata, pattern baldness or even scarring from burns or wounds with limited success due to its limited penetration capabilities through skin layers.

Why is it important to stimulate collagen?

Collagen is the building block of your skin, so stimulating collagen production has long-term benefits. It improves your skin’s elasticity and strength, making it look younger. Collagen also helps heal wounds faster, something that can be especially important for people who have a lot of scarring from acne or other issues.

The natural aging process causes us to lose collagen from our bodies over time—this is why you can see fine lines and wrinkles on older people’s faces when they smile or laugh! We also lose some of our ability to heal wounds quickly as we age; however, microneedling can stimulate new collagen production in order to increase these functions in your body again.

Who is a good candidate for microneedling?

Anybody who wants to improve the appearance of their skin can benefit from microneedling. The results are especially significant for people with acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

The best candidates for microneedling are those who have moderately healthy skin. If you have extensive sun damage or dark pigmentations that you want removed, it’s best to avoid micro needling until after your skin has been treated by another method (such as IPL and BBL, chemical peels, good skincare).

If you’ve had microneedling done before and see an improvement in your overall complexion then it may be worth repeating treatments every 6-8 weeks until you get the result that you desire. 

What happens during microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that involves the use of a microneedling device, which looks like a pen. The tip of the microneedling device is applied to your skin, and it creates small channels in your skin. These channels are known as “microinjuries” or “microchannels.”

Microneedling may be used as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments to deliver ingredients into deeper layers of skin where they can stimulate collagen production and promote healthier skin cells. Microneedling can also help improve fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck, chest and hands by increasing blood flow to these areas—which helps with collagen production—and smoothing out uneven pigmentation (color) caused by sun damage or aging.

Microneedling devices differ from at-home derma rollers because our office versions use sterile disposable tips for each patient that are discarded after each use; meanwhile at-home dermal rollers often have reusable needles attached which may become contaminated over time due to improper cleaning between uses!

Are there any side effects associated with microneedling?

There are very few risks associated with microneedling. The most common side effect is a mild irritation or light burning sensation that lasts for a few hours after treatment. Some patients may experience swelling, redness and bruising after treatment, but these usually subside within 24-48 hours.

If you have an allergy to numbing cream, you should avoid microneedling altogether. Also, if you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease (VWD), it’s best to avoid microneedling as well because it can increase the chance of excess bleeding during treatment.


Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment that can help you treat many different skin concerns. Whether you choose to get your treatments at home or in the office, you should be able to find a device that’s right for your needs. With so many options available today, finding one that works best for you won’t be difficult at all!


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