Microneedling FAQ & Video

May 3, 2021
Updated: December 28, 2021
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Microneedling is a procedure that pricks the skin with small needles to induce collagen to form to help eliminate fine lines, discoloration, acne scars and elasticity. The microneedling pen is a device that looks like a large pen that holds about a dozen needles that punctures the epidermis layer continuously while it moves across the skin.

FAQ

Microneedling Before and After 1 Treatment Video

DURING MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURE

If numbing cream is not used prior to using a microneedling pen, it could be painful as there are actual needles piercing small holes into your skin. Use a good numbing cream, that rests on the skin for 20 minutes to activate prior to using the microneedling pen. Most people will not feel pain although some people may feel a small discomfort in sensitive areas.

 

AFTER MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURE

Most people don't feel any pain or discomfort after the procedure. 

There may be small amount a bleeding or none at all depending on the depth setting of the needles on a regular microneedling facial that includes hyaluronic acid or vitamin C concentrate.

On a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) microneedling procedure or "vampire facial", you're actually using your own blood put through a centrifuge separating the PRP from the blood and then injected into the skin with the microneedling pen. This method does leave a blood residue on the skin that is advisable to not wipe away after treatment. PRP is usually left on skin overnight or 24 hours so it can fully penetrate.

The device slides along the skin and penetrates upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create tiny needle wounds.  The body natural response is to start producing collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, the skin becomes fuller, reducing the appearance of scars, lines, and wrinkles.

You may notice some redness and mild swelling similar to slight sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably be smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.

 Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and colors without risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed. Because Collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments, while scar reduction requires between 3 and 6. you should allow 4 to 6 weeks should pass between one treatment and the next, and the number of treatments needed depends on individual cases. Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.

The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days. Call your doctor if you notice more severe side effects, such as: bleeding

AHAs (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or active ingredients should not be used for 2-3 days after treatment to allow for maximum healing. Sun exposure is not recommended and sunscreen is highly recommended.

Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup.

Microneedling is known to improve many aspects of the skin including, but not limited to: improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, regenerates tissue, improves the appearance of scars, reduces the size of pores, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks

During the next 48 hours post-treatment, you should avoid working out, hot showers, massages, and sun exposure.Do not apply makeup to your skin for 12 hours after treatment while your skin is healing. You may start applying emollient creams to alleviate any dry, tight or itchy sensations while your skin is healing. Do not shave for 1-2 days post treatment while your skin is healing. You should apply high-factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight. Sun exposure may cause hyperpigmentation.

Microneedling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.

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