Microneedling, otherwise referred to as collagen induction therapy is a fantastic non-invasive cosmetic treatment aiming to smoothen and rejuvenate the skin.
Microneedling uses a specialized tool composed of miniature needles which penetrate the superficial layer of the skin and leave minor puncture wounds which encourage the production of both collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin can absorb serums and vitamin infusions much faster and contribute to the overall regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin.
Aside from reviving the skin, microneedling also targets a number of other irregularities such as acne, scarring, sun damage, larger pores, aging spots, and others. Overall, microneedling is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, and effective procedure ensuring both minimal downtime and side effects, such as temporary redness and swelling.
To minimize the possible discomfort of a microneedling procedure, here are a few effective tips to help you out.
What to Know About Microneedling
Before undergoing microneedling, there are a few things you should consider in order to avoid treatment inconvenience or ineligibility.
First off, the main purpose of a microneedling treatment is to regenerate the skin by triggering the reproduction of both collagen and elastin. When implemented right, the effects of microneedling will aid in smoothening, firming, and toning the skin.
In terms of eligibility, the treatment is designed for patients suffering from a variety of skin-related issues, such as scarring, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, wrinkling, and spotting. That said, the treatment is not recommended for pregnant patients, patients diagnosed with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, and patients suffering from open skin wounds and advanced scarring, or actively undergoing radiation therapy.
As a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, microneedling is completed in 20 to 30 minutes – depending on the patient’s severity of issues – and requires no downtime thereafter. As for side effects, microneedling can cause slight redness or skin irritation, both expected to withdraw within the first few days following the procedure.
Initial treatment results are visible immediately, whereas the most dramatic results are expected to follow in four to six weeks of the treatment. The cost for microneedling procedures ranges between $100 and $700 per session – not covered by insurance – all depending on the size of the treated area and its issues.
Namely, for moderate scars, patients might need between three and four treatments, whereas severe scar tissue requires a minimum of five treatments. Moreover, microneedling treatments for wrinkle ironing and anti-aging effects will likely require between one to two treatments a year.
Things to Do before a Microneedling Procedure
To prepare your skin for a microneedling procedure, here are the considerations to implement:
- At least two weeks before the procedure, avoid unprotected sun exposure, any kind of laser procedures, and/or taking acne medications.
- Exfoliants or severe cosmetic products are not recommended to use at least one week before the treatment, as they will leave your skin extra-sensitive.
- A week before the procedure, steer clear of using depilatory or waxing products in order to, again, avoid extra skin sensitivity.
- Avoid taking medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Mortin, or other anti-inflammatory meds, at least three days before the procedure.
- Skip gym sessions the week before the treatment to avoid extra sweating.
Microneedling: Side Effects Treatment Tips
Whilst not aggressive, microneedling can lead to a few minor side effects, such as skin bruising, skin redness and inflammation, skin peeling, and temporary bleeding.
Although all side effects are expected to withdraw in a matter of days, here’s how you can contribute to faster healing:
- Apply high-factor sunscreen before sunlight exposure;
- Avoid wearing makeup in the first week or two of the treatment;
- Reduce your alcohol and tobacco intake;
- Skip the gym and heavy training for a week;
- Avoid using perfumed or non-organic skincare products which can additionally irritate the skin;
- Take Acetaminophen to help with any discomfort;
- Apply Aloe Vera, honey, and rosehip oil to help the skin heal faster.
The Aftercare Process
As you know, some redness, swelling, dryness, peeling, or flaking may occur after the procedure, mostly between 48 hours and 5 days of the treatment. Some of the most efficient aftercare tips to consider include:
- Avoid scratching, scrubbing, and touching the treated area;
- Keep the skin moisturized at all times, using products recommended by your dermatologist;
- Avoid using regular cosmetic products and makeup applications;
- Let your skin rest and hydrate a lot in the process;
- Avoid sleeping on puffier pillows following the procedure to avoid additional swelling;
- Hydrate treated areas using designated water sprays, and avoid touching your face with dirty hands;
- Consult your doctor if any other unwanted consequences arise, including nausea, bleeding, fever, skin discoloration, major infections, and headaches.
Last but not least, when undergoing a microneedling procedure, ensure you are in the hands of an experienced, trained, and certified skincare professional who can properly examine your skin and set up the right course of treatment based on your cosmetic needs!