Microneedling Benefits & Results for Skin Rejuvenation
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy and percutaneous collagen induction, is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate skin. A device with fine needles (SkinPen®) creates tiny punctures in the top layer of skin, which stimulates your skin’s natural ability to repair itself and produce new collagen and elastin for healthier, younger looking skin. Microneedling treatments are extremely versatile and can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, décolleté, arms, legs, abdomen and back.
The SkinPen creates microscopic channels in the skin, which allow for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism. This in turn triggers new collagen and elastin fibers to form creating a result of smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. Microneedling can reverse years of sun damage, refine fine lines and wrinkles, improve acne and; surgical scars, reduce pore size and enhance the overall appearance of aging skin.
Microneedling treatments are contraindicated for patients with: keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities, a hemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunction, active bacterial or fungal infection.
Precautions should be taken with patients who have scars and stretch marks less than one year old; women who are pregnant or nursing; diabetics or patients with wound-healing deficiencies; and patients on immunosuppressive therapy.
You are likely to experience some mild to moderate redness, stinging, skin flaking or mild irritation. Most patients leave looking like they have a sunburn. This will dissipate throughout the day. Most patients will have some light to mild flaking over the next couple days.
After the procedure, the skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. Total healing time depends on the severity of the damaged skin and the depth of the repair process required. On average, patients are pink for two to four days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.
Most people notice healthier looking skin immediately. The natural repair process of the skin continues to progress over the course of several weeks. Dermal collagen remodeling takes place over time and it will continue to improve for up to 6 months after treatment.
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient and a treatment plan initiated based on the level of improvement you desire. Although one treatment is beneficial, a series of treatments is usually recommended. Multiple treatments (3-6) may be necessary, with a 4-8 week interval between each treatment. After your initial treatment series, periodic maintenance may be advised (depending upon condition/s treated). There may also be recommendations to combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
Helpful Microneedling Instructions & Tips
- Avoid direct sun exposure causing a sunburn
- Avoid waxing, depilatories, electrolysis and laser procedures
- Avoid neurotoxins and/or facial fillers
- Avoid facial surgery
- Avoid retinols 3 days before microneedling
- Avoid skincare products (unless recommended by practitioner) for the first 4 hours
- Avoid sunscreen for the first 4 hours after treatment
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 7-14 days
- Avoid waxing and hair removal for 14 days
- Avoid any facial or laser treatments for 14 days
- Avoid getting overheated (strenuous exercise) for 24 hours
- Do not pick at skin
- Do not use exfoliating products for at least 72 hours
- Increase water intake to include at least 8 glasses
- Physical sun block is mandatory and reapplied regularly
- Apply cleanser to clean hands and foam for application