What is microneedling? Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. The purpose of this procedure is collagen production. Which can help to reduce the appearance of acne scares and stretch marks, and assist in the overall aging process.
How does microneedling work? A topical anesthetic will be applied by your practitioner an hour prior to treatment. This reduces the chance of pain. A pen-like tool is used to make small pricks under the skin. These pinpricks are so small that you more than likely will not be able to notice them following the procedure. The tool is moved evenly across the skin so that the news skin that rejuvenates is also even. Following treatment, a calming serum will be applied.
What targeted areas does microneedling treat? Microneedling is primarily used on the face. It is most often used to target the following:
Who is a good candidate for this procedure? A good candidate for this procedure is someone who is in good health with skin concerns that have not responded to home treatments or other dermatologic procedures, such as peels. This procedure is not ideal if you are pregnant, have certain skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis, have open wounds, have a history of skin scarring, or have had radiation therapy recently. Consult with your practitioner and your physician prior to treatment.
What are the side effects of microneedling? The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. Redness is also common for the first few days.
What should I expect following my appointment? Within the first few days following your procedure, you may notice skin irritation and redness. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so wearing sunscreen is necessary. Your skin will work fairly quickly to rejuvenate new tissue, so you should see results within a couple of weeks. To maintain results, multiple sessions are recommended depending upon your individual goals.