How Does Microneedling Work?

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Aging, sun damage, and other factors can leave skin dull and uneven. Microneedling works to firm and smooth the skin by triggering collagen production. It also speeds up cell turnover to bring healthy, vibrant skin cells to the surface. 

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling uses tiny needles that penetrate the skin to a controlled depth, creating micro-channels that trigger the skin’s natural healing process. Microneedling makes an excellent treatment for concerns with skin texture and firmness. You will see improvements in fine lines, enlarged pores, sun damage, and dullness. Unlike lasers, microneedling does not heat the skin, minimizing downtime. 

How Does Microneedling Work?

Your provider has precision control over the depth of your microneedling treatment. At ZENA Medical, you can have your microneedling performed by a dermatologist instead of an aesthetician. A dermatologist can achieve a deeper and more intensive treatment. 

Microneedling creates tiny channels in the skin surrounded by healthy cells. These cells immediately respond with a flood of healing and growth factors. The controlled injury stimulates cells in the dermis to produce more collagen. It also increases cell turnover, so dull and damaged cells are replaced by bright, healthy ones. 

The micro-channels allow deep penetration of skin-enhancing serums and treatments, bringing even more brightness and improvements in skin texture. You can also combine microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for a powerful rejuvenating boost. ZENA Medical also offers radiofrequency (RF) microneedling with the Genius RF system. The RF energy heats the cells of the dermis without heating the skin for improved collagen production. 

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

Microneedling costs depend on several factors. If an aesthetician performs the procedure, you can expect to pay $300 to $350. For a more intensive treatment with a dermatologist, you can expect $600 to $800. The addition of PRP or other treatments will add additional costs. Since most people need three to six treatments, your final price will vary. Dr. Zena will give you an accurate estimate based on your treatment plan. 

Is There Any Downtime After Microneedling?

You may have some redness after your treatment. This usually resolves in less than a day. You can resume your normal activities after your session. You will need to wear sun protection and avoid sun exposure to protect your rejuvenated skin and your developing collagen. 

What Results Will I See With Microneedling?

Most people notice that skin looks brighter and smoother immediately after treatment. As collagen levels increase, more intensive improvements in texture and firmness develop over the following weeks. A deep microneedling provided by a dermatologist will have more profound results than a lighter treatment. 

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about microneedling, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient contact form on We look forward to meeting you!


*Individual Results May Vary

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