If you’re looking for smoother, brighter and healthier skin, microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that you should consider! Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), this procedure can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions and can provide noticeable results in a short time.
Interested in learning more about microneedling? You’ve come to the right place! Our aesthetic nurse Sonja has put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about microneedling!
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive, laser-free, chemical-free procedure that is used to improve skin texture. Tiny needles are used to create controlled wounds in to the skin which in turn, accelerates collagen & elastin production, healing, and can be used to help resurface the skin.
Since this procedure does not use heat, it makes for a safe and comfortable treatment with a very low complication rate.
Microneedling treatments done in the medical setting allows me to treat at different depths with active ingredients to target a variety of skin concerns. DIY home needling devices do not have the ability to penetrate the skin to appropriate depths like our medical devices do. Home devices typically can only penetrate 0.2mm – 1mm, our medical device can penetrate up to 3mm! If not used correctly, the home devices can also create unnecessary tears in the skin and can potentially spread bacteria leading to very serious skin conditions.
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
There are a variety of benefits from microneedling treatments. These benefits include:
Reduces Fine Lines And Wrinkles, and Tightens Skin
Microneedling promotes collagen and elastin production in your skin, creating a youthful glow. When your collagen levels increase, your skin becomes supple and more elastic. It also reduces fine lines, wrinkles, skin crepiness, and the size of pores. It can help you shed years off your face.
Heals Visible Scars On Your Face
From surgical scars to acne scars, microneedling has been clinically proven to help with the appearance of scarring. Again by simulating your skin wound healing response, we do see improvement in scaring with a series of microneedling treatments. Depending on the severity, 6 or more treatments may be needed.
Minimizes Pigmentation and Sun Damage
Microneedling refreshes the appearance of your skin by minimizing the appearance of pigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure. Microneedling can also be beneficial in those who suffer from malasma. I use a different technique when the primary concern is pigmentation, this is usually discussed prior to treatment.
Shrinks Skin Pores
Microneedling treatments can help to shrink pores by stimulating collagen development in and around them.
Improves The Effectiveness Of Topical Products
Many products that you apply on your face are not properly absorbed by your skin which then affects the efficacy of the product. The micro-channels created by Microneedling allow topical products to penetrate your skin more effectively, thus helping you get the full benefit of their ingredients. You will get the maximum benefits of microneedling when it is done by a professional using a medical device! DIY tools offer minimal needle depth!
How Are Microneedling Treatments Done?
Many people wonder what to expect when they come in for their first microneedling treatment. Here’s what happens during a typical procedure:
1. A topical numbing cream is applied to your skin and is left on for 30 minutes.This enhances your comfort during the procedure.
2. The numbing cream is then removed and your skin is cleansed with a surgical cleansing soap, then rinsed with saline. This ensures that I am working with a clean, bacteria free surface to minimize any post treatment complications.
3. The microneedling device is then applied to the skin, needle depths are adjusted based on what the target treatment is as well as the area being treated. During my treatments, I typically treat all skin from the top of your forehead to the base of your neck, including your upper and lower eyelids. Most patients report little to no discomfort, a mild vibration, and I have even had patients falls asleep!
4. Saline soaked gauze is then applied to your skin to remove any blood, then a Collagen Stimulating Serum and Hyaluronic Serum are applied to the skin. The products I have selected not only aid in your skin’s healing but helps to hydrate your skin and boost collagen production.
What Can I Expect After Microneedling?
1. You can expect redness and a slight burning sensation similar to a mild sunburn.
Redness may last 24-48 hours, the burning sensation fades after a couple hours. All of which subsides quickly as the healing process begins and the results of more glowing, supple skin start to show. Some people will also experience mild swelling around the eyes and possible bruising. If you are concerned about bruising, ask your aesthetic nurse what you can do to minimize your risk!
2. You’ll go sans makeup.
Ideally, you’ll want to avoid makeup during the first four days, but if you MUST, we only recommend mineral makeup applied with clean or new sponges/brushes to minimize the risk of adding any bacteria to your healing skin.
3. Avoid Retinol or anything too active for a few days.
These products can be irritating to healing skin, we recommend skipping the exfoliating products, Vitamin C products, and any antioxidant products for four days. Growth factors, hydrators, and ceramide creams are best for your healing skin. An after care regimen may be customized for your skin to promote healing as well as enhance the effects of your treatment. Not sure if you can use a particular product after Microneedling? Just ask me!
4. Skip the workout.
Any activity that results in you sweating should be avoided during the first couple days. The sweat will likely cause a burning sensation and can simply be irritating to your skin.
How Often Should I Have Microneedling Treatments?
To get truly effective results, you’ll need more than one treatment to continually build collagen and elastin. Once your goal result is achieved, we typically recommend a once or twice a year treatment whenever you feel like you need to give your skin a reboot.
For acne scarring, depending on the severity, I usually recommend starting with 3-6 monthly treatments.
Have Additional Questions About Microneedling?
Looking for additional information about microneedling? Wondering if this procedure might be right for you? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask!
Ready to Schedule Your First Microneedling Treatment?
If you’re looking for microneedling treatments in Upstate New York, look no further than Garcia Plastic & Hand Surgery. Based in Glens Falls, NY, Dr. Garcia serves patients throughout Albany, Saratoga, Queensbury, and the Adirondacks.