When to consider microneedling
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Microneedling effectively treats minor scarring related to acne scars and stretch marks. It can also improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal results are achieved after multiple sessions but may require a long-term maintenance plan. Microneedling is far more effective than at-home rollers. It is less expensive than laser therapy and may work better for some people, especially those with darker skin types. Microneedling has minimal downtime, and most patients have minor redness the day after the procedure. It can be combined with topical serums, radiofrequency treatment, or platelet-rich plasma.
How It Helps
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to stimulate new collagen production and skin tissue, which can result in smoother, more even skin. It helps the appearance of acne, scars, dark spots, wrinkles, and large pores. This treatment creates micro-punctures in the skin using miniature, sterilized needles. Studies have shown that the skin’s healing process after microneedling can help reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots and improve skin elasticity.
What to expect before microneedling
Before the microneedling procedure, we usually ask that you stop taking medications like retinoids and exfoliants a day or two beforehand. Medications like Accutane should be avoided for at least 3-4 months before the procedure. Avoid ibuprofen or other medications/topicals that may increase bruising or the sensitivity of your skin before the procedure.
What to expect during microneedling
Before the procedure, the skin is numbed with topical medication for 10-15 minutes. After the medication is cleaned off your face, a pen-like device with tiny, sterilized needles makes small pricks under the skin. The device is moved over your entire facial skin or areas of stretch marks in an even motion so all skin is rejuvenated during the procedure. The areas where there is acne scarring will be adjusted accordingly. Thin skin areas will also be accounted for. This procedure usually takes 30 minutes. After that, the treatment session may be finished by applying a growth serum or calming serum to the area.
What to expect after microneedling
Microneedling has minimal recovery time. Most people can go to dinner that evening with camouflaging makeup. There may be minor skin redness for 1-3 days after the procedure. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen (SPF 30) should be applied for at least one week, even if it is not sunny outside. Avoid harsh chemicals on the skin for 1 week. After the microneedling session, your skin works fairly quickly to rejuvenate new tissue. You should see results within a couple of weeks. You will likely need multiple sessions to maintain the results of your treatment.