What is Microneedling? And how does it work?
Microneedling involves using a small roller or pen-like device with tiny needles (the micro-needles, in this case) to puncture your skin for a wide variety of skin benefits. The purpose of treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, and more toned skin. Basically, these needles penetrate your dermis to stimulate your body’s own reaction and healing, which results in elastin and collagen growth. It also helps with some active chemicals (anti-aging products, antioxidants, lighteners, etc.) to penetrate deeper into the sin.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Yes, microneedling is safe. However, anything involving needles always comes with some sort of risk factor. There is risk of infection and scarring, if microneedling isn’t done properly—so always make sure the office you’re going to follows proper protocol when it comes to disinfecting and reusing skin devices. Confidently we can state that here at The Murray Center we follow proper protocol, so that our patients can trust they will be receiving the best quality of care.
How many Microneedling sessions are needed?
A consultation is necessary prior to treatment. Depending on what the patient’s concerns and/or needs are to achieve healthy skin, 3-6 microneedling sessions may be needed.
What to expect?
Depending on what you’re treating, results can be permanent for issues like acne scars, and even stretch marks. Other concerns, like melasma and photo-aging, may require intermittent treatments, along with sun protection, in order to have lasting results. To maintain the results of your treatment, you’ll need multiple sessions and perhaps other complementing treatments. Our Skin & Laser Specialist will advise you on the best plan of action based on your individual goals.
How does Microneedling affect the skin?
Microneedling is used to treat and improve conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, photo-aged skin, skin texture, pore size, stretch marks, and pigment issues. This process works to rejuvenate your skin by boosting collagen production, which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and elevates the overall texture of your skin. Micro-needling is mostly used on the face and on scars or stretch marks.
How long does the procedure last?
The procedure lasts no longer than 30 minutes. However, plan on being in office for a good 1 hour due to the topical numbing cream application.
What is the recovery time like?
Microneedling isn’t invasive like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal. Most people require very little downtime, if any at all. You may notice skin irritation and redness within the first few days following the procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” made by the needles in your skin. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunblock is a must. We recommend a mineral based sunblock with Zinc Oxide. After microneedling, your skin works quickly to rejuvenate new tissue. In theory, you should see results within a couple of weeks.
How long should I wait in between sessions?
If multiple sessions are recommended, you must wait 4 weeks in between sessions.
What areas can be treated?
Most common areas of treatment would include face, neck, and hands.
Is it painful? What are the side effects?
Microneedling is a quick, low-pain-level procedure. Topical numbing cream will be applied to the skin prior to treatment. After 30 minutes of allowing the numbing cream to seep into the skin, having a bunch of needles continuously puncture your skin will be honestly an easy process. To definitively answer the question – it doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t feel good either.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
You can go back to work or school after the procedure same day, if you feel comfortable. Some people apply camouflaging makeup during the first few days as the redness dissipates. It is vital to protect the treated area from the sunlight – avoiding it if possible and using an effective sunblock.
*Individual Results May Vary*