Have you been looking for the fountain of youth for your skin? It turns out that you don’t have to drink from the fountain of youth to get fresh, youthful-looking skin. Your body has the ability to create it itself. You just have to help it along. That’s what microneedling treatment does!
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that uses an electronic device to create tiny punctures in your skin.
Why Would You Want to do That?
Microneedling encourages the growth of fresh new skin. The skin has the natural ability to repair itself when it’s physically injured. When it repairs itself, it stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are responsible for keeping your skin soft, supple, and healthy.
What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Microneedling and Medical Needling?
Medical microneedling uses medical-grade devices that pierce the skin more deeply than a cosmetic device. The only people who can perform medical microneedling are a medical esthetician, a nurse, or a doctor. Medical Microneedling is also FDA approved.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
This is a type of microneedling that stimulates the production of collagen by rolling fine needles over your skin and applying platelets (a component of your blood). Both microneedling and PRP treatments are effective alone, but combining both has proven to result in maximum absorption and the best outcome. Healing time is speeded up as well.
What Issues Does Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling is great for reducing the appearance of skin scars caused by injuries or acne. It’s also perfect for smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, shrinking pores, and tightening the skin. If you’ve been dreaming of reversing the aging process and having smoother, firmer, and younger skin, this is the answer.
What Can I Expect at a Microneedling Session?
Plan to be at your provider’s office for about 45-60 minutes. After you get comfortable, your practitioner will apply a numbing cream and then give it some time to numb you up. That usually takes 20 minutes. Once you are numb, the needling begins. Your practitioner will needle your face one section at a time. After they have treated your entire face, they will go back and target areas like crow’s feet, smile lines, and deep scars.
What’s My Skin Going to Look Like After a Microneedling Treatment?
If you get a medical microneedling treatment, then your face will be red and inflamed, so you’ll probably want to schedule this at a time when you can go home and chill afterward.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Microneedling Treatment?
Recovery time varies. Some people are very red for 24-48 hours. The redness usually fades within 48 hours. Your skin will likely break out and peel for the first week or so. Healing will still be taking place under the surface of your skin for up to 2 months after treatment.
Anything Special I Need to Do After a Microneedling Session?
You don’t need to worry about this part ahead of time. Your practitioner will provide detailed instructions on what to do after your session. The instructions may be specific to your medical history or skin type, so follow them carefully. We’ll give you a little aftercare prep lesson here.
- Use sunscreen constantly for the first two weeks after a microneedling session. Anytime you go outside, apply sunscreen.
- Don’t spend a lot of time in the sun for the first week after your microneedling procedure. Your skin is more prone to sun damage than usual.
- Do not touch your face without having washed your hands first.
- Don’t wear makeup or apply makeup with a brush that has been used before for 24 hours following microneedling.
- Avoid saunas, swimming pools, and situations where you might sweat heavily, like intense workouts, for 72 hours.
- Do not use any skincare product that contains harsh chemicals, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or perfume.
- Retinol A and vitamin C serum should be avoided for at least 24 hours before your treatment and 24 hours after.
- Discuss with your practitioner, but you should be able to resume your normal skin regimen 24 hours after your procedure.
- It’s generally safe to apply coconut oil if your skin feels dry. You can also use diluted, alcohol-free witch hazel to cleanse dry skin.
What Are the Side Effects of Microneedling Treatments?
Side effects can vary depending on the individual. The most common side effects of microneedling are:
- short-term swelling
- skin flaking
- slight bruising
These side effects should pass within a few days.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to see a doctor:
- fever over 100.4°F (38°C)
- yellow or green discharge
Do I Have to Get More Than One Microneedling Treatment?
Not necessarily, but consider this. A 2008 study found that skin treated once a month for four months produced up to a 400% increase in elastin and collagen six months after the last session.
Where Do I Go to Get Microneedling?
Microneedling is most effective when done by a trained professional. You can do a DIY treatment at home, but you have to make sure that the device is sterile, and your results won’t be as good because of safety measures taken by the manufacturers.
How Much Does Microneedling Treatment Cost?
Microneedling usually costs $300-$400 per session. Because microneedling provides significant benefits over time, you can probably find a spa or medical center that offers a package discount. If you choose to do microneedling with PRP, that can be an added cost.
So, what do you think?
At Evexias Medical Centers, we use SkinPen® for microneedling treatments. SkinPen is a medical-grade, state-of-the-art device that’s also the safest, most effective vertical microneedling instrument.
Are you ready for firmer, clearer, and smoother skin? We want to make sure you look and feel your best. Contact us for an appointment today!