Microneedling is a nonsurgical treatment that penetrates the skin’s surface with tiny needles creating micro-injuries which create a healing response to create a structural and cosmetic benefit. The procedure can help smooth lines and wrinkles, even skin tone (including melasma), refine enlarged pores, tighten skin, and fade scars and stretch marks; the treatment can be customized to treat localized problem areas. A series of treatments is recommended for optimal results.
Microneedling is recommended for adults who are in good health and anyone looking to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production or combat scars from acne or injuries.
Microneedling is not recommended for anyone with active skin conditions like eczema or rosacea and trauma to the skin can trigger cold sores. While there are relatively few risks, it isn’t recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. There can be unwanted side effects or lesions (known as the Koebner phenomenon) if you have lupus or vitiligo.
Microneedling can be painful so a topical anesthetic cream will be applied about an hour prior to the procedure. Once numb, your skin is cleansed and dried, followed by the application of an active serum depending on the issue you’re trying to treat. A spring-loaded device and using a stamp-like motion across the skin creates micro-injuries at varying depths until the areas are even in bleeding and redness. Post-treatment a customized serum and cooling mask are applied to help calm down the skin.
Microneedling with PRP follows the same procedure listed above but uses topical platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that’s derived for your own blood for a more potent treatment. While more expensive, adding PRP increases the efficacy of the treatment by about 15-20%.
After a microneedling session you’ll leave looking a little red with some pinpoint bleeding but the skin will calm down within a week. You can wash your face in 8 hours and a mineral powder sunscreen is permitted while the use of makeup should be postponed until the following day. At the very least it’s important to keep your skin moisturized during recovery, but using a product with growth factors and peptides is recommended.
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