What is Microneedling?
Micro needling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a device called a derma roller, which has fine needles on the end of it, to create tiny punctures in the skin. The idea behind this treatment is that the skin will naturally try to repair the micro-injuries created by the needles, which will lead to the production of collagen and elastin, the two proteins that give the skin its structure and elasticity.
This procedure is used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and other types of scars. It can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, and body. Micro-needling is usually well-tolerated and has minimal downtime, but it is important to keep in mind that the skin may be red and swollen for a few days after the procedure.
How does it work?
The needles can range in size from 0.5mm to 2.5mm. These punctures are called micro-channels, they are created when the needles penetrate the skin, and they trigger the body's natural healing response.
When the needles puncture the skin, the body begins to produce collagen and elastin, which are the two proteins that give the skin its structure and elasticity. The production of these proteins helps to thicken the skin, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and improve the appearance of scars.
How long will the effects last?
The effects of microneedling can last for several months, but the duration of the results depends on several factors, such as the individual's skin condition and type, the number of treatments, and the needle size used.
As the body naturally depletes collagen over time, the effects of micro-needling will eventually fade. However, many people choose to have follow-up treatments to maintain their results. Typically, micro-needling treatments are spaced about 4-6 weeks apart, and a series of 3-6 treatments are recommended for optimal results.
It's important to note that micro-needling is not a one-time solution, it's a treatment that requires maintenance to keep the skin looking healthy and youthful. Additionally, maintaining a good skincare routine with appropriate products and sunscreen is crucial to prolong the effects of the treatment.
Does microneedling hurt?
Microneedling is generally considered to be a well-tolerated procedure, but some people may experience some discomfort or pain during the treatment. The level of pain can vary depending on the individual's pain tolerance, the needle size used, and the area of the body being treated.
We will apply a numbing cream to the skin before the procedure to help reduce any discomfort. This cream will take about 30 to 45 minutes to take effect. Some people may feel a slight scratching or tingling sensation during the treatment, but this is generally mild. After the procedure, the skin may be red and swollen for a few hours to a day, and there may be some mild itching or discomfort. This is normal and should resolve on its own.
What can I expect?
Before the procedure, we will clean the skin and apply a numbing cream to reduce any discomfort. Once the numbing cream has taken effect, the practitioner will begin rolling the derma roller over the skin. The needles on the derma roller will puncture the skin and create small channels, which will trigger the body's natural healing response.
After the procedure, we will apply a soothing lotion or serum to the skin. The skin may be red and swollen for a few hours to a day, and there may be some mild itching or discomfort, but this is normal and should resolve on its own.
It's important to avoid sun exposure and to use sunscreen for the next 48 hours to avoid any complications.
How should I prepare?
Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a micro-needling procedure:
Schedule a consultation to understand the potential risks and benefits.
Inform us of any medical conditions or allergies you have and any medications you are taking.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a week before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications.
Avoid using any exfoliating products, such as scrubs or acids, for at least a week before the procedure.
Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, for at least a week before the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising.
Avoid alcohol and any kind of anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, for at least 24 hours before the procedure.
Shave the area to be treated if necessary
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the appointment, and avoid tight-fitting clothing or underwear that may put pressure on the treated area.
Are there side effects to microneedling?
Micro-needling is generally considered to be a well-tolerated procedure, but as with any procedure, there are potential side effects. The most common side effects of micro-needling are mild and short-lived, such as redness, swelling, and mild discomfort or pain at the treatment site. These side effects typically resolve within a few hours to a day.
Other possible side effects include:
Bruising: This is more common if blood-thinning medications have been taken before the procedure.
Infection: Any procedure that breaks the skin comes with a risk of infection, that's why it's important to have your procedure done by a licensed and experienced practitioner.
Hyper-pigmentation: Rarely, some people may develop hyper-pigmentation, which is an increase in skin color in the treated area.
Hypersensitivity: Rarely, some people may have an allergic reaction to the numbing cream, or any other product used during the procedure.
It's important to keep in mind that micro-needling is a non-surgical procedure, therefore the recovery time is minimal, and the side effects are usually mild.