Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses tiny needles to prick the skin creating superficial micro-channels. These tiny needles create micro-injuries to the skin which will stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and increase its production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced in our body, as we age the production of collagen decreases. Dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz says “Collagen is what keeps our skin from sagging, giving us that plump, youthful look”. While microneedling is most commonly done on the face and neck, it can be safely done anywhere on the body.
What is Microneedling good for?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring or general scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Can Improve appearance of stretch marks
- Under Eye bags
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How long will it take to see results from Microneedling?
You can notice an immediate glow to the skin after the treatment. Visible changes to the skin will develop over the course of several days and weeks. You may see continued improvement up to 6 months as the collagen production continues.
Does Microneedling hurt?
A numbing cream is applied to the area making your microneedling session more comfortable. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different while some may feel a slight pricking sensation others may feel hardly nothing at all. Certain areas on the face may feel more sensitive than others.
Immediately after the treatment you may experience redness and feel tighter than usual. You may feel as if you have a mild to moderate sunburn. This is a normal reaction and generally subsides after a couple hours and diminishes within 24 hours. You may see redness after 24 hours but only in minimal areas. You may also experience flaking of the skin as your body is producing new layers of fresh skin.
Do I have to bleed to get good results?
Definitely not! While some may experience pinpoint bleeding, others may not and that is perfectly normal! You will still get the same amazing results! In some areas of your skin, the Dermis layer is thinner which can result in small bleeding. Our trained Aestheticians control the depth of the needle depending where on the skin they are performing and how many treatments the client has done. We can ensure that you will get an excellent treatment every time regardless of whether you bleed or not.
How should I care for my skin after Microneedling?
- Your Aesthetician will provide you with a take home cleanser and moisturizer to use.
- Avoid touching the treated area for 24 hours as your skin is still healing.
- Sleep with a clean pillow to avoid any bacteria getting in the skin.
- Avoid wearing makeup for 24-72 hrs or as directed by your Aesthetician.
- Avoid any active ingredients such as AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinol, or Vitamin C for at least 72 hours.
- Avoid direct sunlight for 24 hrs and wear sunscreen with an spf of 25 or greater.
How often should I come in for Microneedling?
The amount of times someone should come in will vary from person to person depending on their concerns and skin condition. If you have minimal concerns and are coming in more for preventative measures then, we suggest coming in once every season (Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall). If you have concerns such as scarring or wrinkles then we suggest coming in for at least 3 sessions spaced out 3-4 weeks apart. We also recommended getting on a good homecare routine to see optimal results. We also suggest pairing microneedling with a chemical peel to boost your results. Our trained Aestheticians can discuss with you what they feel would be best for your skin.
This article was written by: Clarissa Hadley
A recent graduate of Acaydia Spa & School of Esthetics. Clarissa is passionate about all things aesthetics. She loves being able to be a part of her clients skin care journey. Helping people to feel confident in their own skin is part of why she loves what she does.
Clarissa loves listening to her clients and talking them through different treatments that would best fit their needs. Making people feel comfortable and relaxed is definitely a gift. Her first client here at Summit told our front desk staff, “That was the best facial I’ve ever had in my life!”
Some of her favorite services to perform are: chemical peels, Microneedling, and facials. These are her favorite because she loves seeing the results that follow those treatments.
When she’s not at the spa she loves to draw and spend time with her husband, playing softball, going on rides, or playing games.