Everything to know about microneedling
Updated: Mar 7, 2020
If you’re looking to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne, traumatic scarring and discoloration, microneedling might be the minimally invasive solution you’re looking for.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a procedure done with a small device that contains 14 surgical steel needles. These needles cause micro-injuries to the skin, which trigger a healing process that stimulates collagen production.
This collagen boost helps reverse signs of aging, fade acne and traumatic scars, smooth and firm the skin, and reduce discoloration. The micro-injuries also allow products to better absorb into your skin. Those tiny little needles can have a pretty big impact!
At Youth Secret, we use a tool called SkinPen®, the world's first FDA-cleared microneedling device, because of the data around the results, safety and sterility of the device.
When will I see results from microneedling?
The process itself only takes about 15 minutes. Most people report a general glow after their first microneedling treatment.
However, in order to achieve the best results, we recommend three to four treatments total.
Results can also be improved if combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Adding PRP to the skin before microneedling helps heighten the effects of the treatment, leaving the patient with tighter skin and an increase in collagen production. PRP also helps to speed up the healing process.
Does microneedling hurt?
We use strong topical numbing cream to ensure that the procedure is pain-free. Some of our patients describe it as a gentle massage - and a few have even fallen asleep!
How often should I have the treatment done?
Microneedling treatments can be done as often as once every four weeks. One of the best parts? There’s almost no downtime. Patients will look “sunburned” for a day or two following the treatment, but can go about their daily routine without any major interruptions.
The only caveats: no makeup, exercise or sun exposure for 24 hours following the procedure. This will allow your skin to breathe and get that collagen growing!
Am I a candidate for microneedling?
Most people are candidates for microneedling. However, you’re not likely to be a good candidate if you have a history of abnormal scarring (keloids), a bleeding disorder, any active infections or a recent sunburn. We also recommend stopping retinol for 5-7 days both before and after the treatment.
Though microneedling is an excellent option for a variety of skin types, it’s always best to consult a with a professional (like one of our medical staff!) to determine whether microneedling is your best plan, or if you should try another treatment, such as a chemical peel.
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