Microneedling is a procedure that uses a rolling wand or pen and tiny needles to treat issues like wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and enlarged pores. If you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your skin, microneedling is a non-invasive treatment option that can help.
The needles used are so small most people experience no pain during the process. A numbing cream can be applied before microneedling to prevent any discomfort. Side effects of the procedure are limited to some temporary redness or swelling. Microneedling has a short recovery time compared to other methods of improving the skin.
The microneedling process makes tiny injuries that do not leave scars. It stimulates the body to repair itself naturally and improve various skin issues. It begins with inflammation which leads to the production of collagen. Increased collagen makes the skin more youthful, smooth, and tight.
Microneedling takes only 30 to 45 minutes each session. You can resume normal activities immediately afterward. Glowing skin may be noticed immediately after the procedure is done. Results will improve for up to six months as more collagen is produced.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is often done about two o three times a year. When starting microneedling, consider three to four treatments every four to six weeks to get the best results. This will give you time to see results.
A further two to three treatments a year will maintain the results. Each microneedling appointment will refresh your skin and keep all the great results you’ve already experienced. In conjunction with a great skincare routine, these appointments will keep the skin looking great. Reach out to us for more information about the appropriate number of appointments based on the purpose of getting microneedling done.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that is safe for all skin types. There are several conditions can be effectively treated with microneedling:
Your skin cells naturally produce collagen, a substance that gives skin its elastic qualities and helps to prevent sagging. Collagen also helps widened pores pull back into place and makes skin appear more supple. The microneedling process provides just enough damage to skin cells that they respond by turning on their regenerative abilities.
In turn, new, undamaged skin is created and cells begin to produce collagen at a faster rate. As your skin heals from the microinjections, the extra collagen creates elasticity and plump, youthful skin. In turn, you cut years from your appearance.
As your cells work to heal themselves from the needle pricks during the treatment, they also heal other damage like spots, acne, and scars. The rejuvenated skin is healthier and looks stronger than it did before. It is also free of spots, scars, and clogged pores that cause breakouts.
After your skin is regenerated and collagen production begins, something else happens after your treatment. Your skin also becomes more open to the absorption of facial products. This means that your moisturizer will work more efficiently, and your skin cells will be able to retain moisture for a longer period. Other skin care serums or creams will also be absorbed more easily into your skin, leaving you looking and feeling your best.
The first step in your microneedling treatment is to visit us for an evaluation. We will talk to you about your problem areas and what kind of results you are hoping to see. We will also conduct an examination of your facial skin to determine what has caused these issues and the best way to approach treatment. We will assess how much treatment we believe you will need, and we will give you a plan for moving forward.
We will also ask you questions about medications you are taking and your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. We will ask about your lifestyle, such as whether you are a smoker and if you drink alcohol or take drugs. We will use this information to decide what type of treatment will be appropriate. We will also answer any questions you have about your eligibility or about the procedure itself.
About a week before your treatment, you may need to stop using supplements such as vitamin E, fish oil, and ginkgo. You may also need to temporarily stop using medications that cause the blood to thin, such as aspirin. Discontinuing these supplements and medications will reduce the likelihood of bleeding and bruising during the treatment. You may also want to prepare for your appointment by stopping the use of chemical exfoliants for at least three days before your treatment.
After your appointment, you will be able to go back to work, but you may have a few restrictions you need to follow in terms of skincare. For example, you should not wear makeup for at least 24 hours, and you should avoid hot water, steam, and harsh cleansers on the skin. Moisturizing your skin with a gentle cream or lotion is advisable. You should also be sure to wear SPF outside for one to two weeks after your treatment to protect new skin cells.
The first time you come in for a treatment session you will see one of our aesthetics professionals. We will make sure that your face is clean and free of any bacteria or oil. We will begin by applying a topical anesthetic that will keep you comfortable throughout your appointment. Then we will use a device that rolls across your skin and makes tiny injections with sterilized needles into the areas you want to target.
The purpose of the needle pricks is to stimulate your skin cell’s self-healing response. When the needles puncture your skin, your cells will begin a natural regeneration process. This process takes around 10 to 20 minutes.
Most of the time, you will be able to see early results from this treatment very soon after your initial appointment. The collagen produced by this treatment will generally have a noticeable effect on the superficial appearance of your skin within two to four weeks. These results will continue to improve as the subdermal layers of your skin are healed by more collagen and fibroblasts. You should notice a marked improvement in skin quality after 30 days.
After your treatment it is vital to avoid sun exposure. We recommend using sunscreen and your favorite moisturizer cream.
The total number of treatment sessions you will need depends on the extent of the damage to your skin and the results you are hoping to get from the treatment.
Because microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment, it can be done several times a year. The more frequent your treatments are, the better your results ultimately will be. For most people the best frequency for this treatment is once every four to eight weeks, depending on your skin concern and your skin type.
No, we use an extra strength topical numbing cream. Clients generally do not report any discomfort.
Microneedling has minimal downtime. After the procedure your skin will look and feel like it has a sunburn. The serum we send you home with will help with this. Most patients will notice that by the next morning, the sunburn feeling is gone, but there may still be redness that can last a few days.
We suggest no exercise, or anything that will make you sweat, for 24 hours because sweat is irritating to the skin – but otherwise there is no real downtime, it is just up to your comfort level.