What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an advanced clinical treatment that utilizes a handheld device like Skin Pen to create micro-perforations in the skin. These controlled micro-injuries stimulate our body’s own healing response which in turn increases blood flow and releases growth factors, all of which lead to collagen remodeling, or firmer skin. Collagen production is a gradual process, so a series of 3-6 treatments are recommended for optimal results. Ultimately, a microneedling series can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne and other scars, as well as improving overall skin tone, especially when used in conjunction with other modalities.
What to Expect during the Treatment
Prior to beginning the treatment, a topical numbing agent will likely be applied to help with discomfort. The procedure will last 30-45 minutes. Patients report feeling the vibration of the device. There is more discomfort/sensation are most common around areas with thin skin and bony areas, like the forehead and nose.
Immediately after, the skin will appear pink to red, similar to a sunburn. Additionally, the most common treatment responses experienced were dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness, and burning. For most patients, these conditions resolve within 3 to 5 days.
Collagen rebuilds gradually after the microneedling treatment. The process ranges from 3 to 6 months. There are several ways to enhance treatment outcomes such as having a series of 3 to 6 treatments, as well as incorporating other modalities like PRP or chemical peels. Additionally, you should be on a proactive skincare regimen that includes growth factors, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.
Microneedling with PRP takes microneedling to the next level. PRP stands for “platelet-rich plasma” which is derived from your own blood. A medical provider will draw your blood prior to treatment and then place it in a centrifuge device which spins down the blood sample and separates out your platelet-rich plasma. This serum is full of your own growth factors and other wound healing properties. The serum can be layered over skin during the microneedling process traveling down the microchannels and accelerating the healing and rejuvenation. The PRP can also be injected under the eyes to help improve the appearance of crepey skin.
Chemical peels are a wonderful addition to the microneedling process, particularly if you are treating acne, hyperpigmentation or sun damage. The peels can access deeper layers of the skin during the treatment.
Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction, we recommend starting with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction, an average of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended.
Caring for Your Skin After Microneedling
You should refrain from applying anything to your skin for approximately 12-24 hours after treatment unless specifically recommended by your provider. Then, use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunblock for 48 hours after your treatment or as recommended by your provider. Oxygenetix is a wonderful foundation that is safe to wear post-procedure and actually helps the skin breathe and heal. It utilizes an aloe base and is formulated for a wide range of skin tones. It is normal for the skin to peel after microneedling treatments within a few days. A new layer of skin is produced and the old skin begins peeling off. The peeling will be minimal, similar to a mild sunburn. This will subside within a few days, leaving a youthful glow.