What is Microneedling ?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT, is a non-invasive procedure with the goal of diminishing wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, stretch marks, traumatic, and surgical scarring. Microneedling improves the skin’s quality (including texture, tone, and color); resulting in a healthy, clear looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Microneedling is used on all areas of the body and is safe for all skin types, including the scalp for successful hair restoration.
How does microneedling work?
A healthy skin has the ability to naturally repair itself in response to physical damage by producing collagen, elastin, and other new components to repair the injury site. A pen-like tool will be used to make small pricks in the skin to induce the self repair mechanism. Creating these micro injuries will stimulate new collagen synthesis without causing any risks of permanent scarring.
Who is qualified for microneedling?
An ideal candidate for microneedling is someone in good health with
- Skin concerns such as large pores, acne scars, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
- Aging concerns such as wrinkles, loose skin, and sun spots.
Someone might not be an ideal candidate if they
- Have some skin diseases
- Have a local injury with open wounds
- Have been on a recent radiation therapy
- Have heart and bleeding problems.
How many sets of microneedling are recommended?
The total time of the procedure can range from 30-90 minutes depending on the area treated. Most providers recommend 3-5 sets to see the most optimal results depending on the severity of the skin concerns. Microneedling was also found to be more effective than the at-home skin rollers. Microneedling also produces better results than other non-ablative techniques with virtually no pain or post-treatment discomfort.
What are the side effects and risks associated with microneedling?
Every cosmetic procedure comes with some side effects and risks. Microneedling commonly causes skin irritation immediately after the procedure with redness that might last for 2-4 days. Minor bleeding is not very common, but possible. Reach out to the provider in case of severe side effects such as bruising or infection.
What is the recovery time for microneedling ?
There is no downtime associated with microneedling. Microneedling is much less invasive than other non-ablative techniques, such as lasers and deep chemical peels, because it does not require the removal of the skin surface. As a result, healing time is shorter and there is no post-treatment sensitivity to UV light.
What are the pre-treatment instructions?
- Discontinue use of Retin A, Retinols, Vitamin A creams, and other topical medications for 3- 5 days before your treatment.
- Wear sunscreen daily.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages at least a day before treatment, as alcohol may increase bruising risk.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications, if possible, 2 weeks before treatment, as blood-thinning effects can increase bruising and swelling risk. (Aspirin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginsent, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS).
- Eat well and stay hydrated before your appointment.
- Do not come in with makeup applied, or be prepared to remove it.
What are the post-treatment instructions?
- Do not wear sunscreen or makeup for 12 hours following treatment.
- Wash your face a few hours after treatment or before bed using a gentle cleansesr and tepid water.
- Continue sunscreen and normal skincare regimen 48 – 72 hours after treatment.
- Use Retinol products for optimal results.
- Avoid alcohol-based toners for 10 – 14 days and excessive sun exposure for 10 days.
- Avoid sun tanning and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for 2 weeks.When exposed to the sun, wear a hat and apply sunscreen every 2 hours.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen Motrin or Advil for 1 week.
- DO NOT ice face or use arnica or bromelain. These agents may interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
- Use Tylenol only as needed for any soreness
- May only use Oxygenetix Make-up post procedure or Mineral makeup after 24 hours
- Sleep on your back with head of bed elevated to minimize swelling or pain as needed.
- Optional dietary recommendations: Eat fresh pineapple, tart cherry juice (no sugar), salmon (omega-3 fish oil), bone broth based soups, continue taking collagen 1 & 3 supplement (Collagen MD Advanced Connective Tissue Support Formula) for 2 weeks to optimize healing. Avoid dairy, wheat and sugar!