What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin. It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles, using a specialized device. This causes your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. It tightens and tones the skin, reducing the visibility of acne scars, pores, lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. Microneedling is also sometimes called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).
The esthetician uses an electric tool that has several tiny medical grade sterile needles. The needles create microscopic punctures to the top layer of the skin. They range from 0.25 to 2.5 millimeters in diameter. They are so tiny, and they only enter skin deep, so that you barely feel the pricks. However, the skin responds to the needles by triggering new tissue generation. The technique originated in the field of acupuncture.
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Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling helps with:
- Hair Loss (Alopecia)
- Dark spots or patches on the skin (hyperpigmentation).
- Large Pores
- Stretch Marks
- Sun Damage
Microneedling gently stimulates the skin’s natural healing process. Skin tone and texture are improved. Skin which has lost firmness and/or structure is improved by this treatment.
Microneedling compared to other treatments
Microneedling does not burn the skin like a laser, nor does it abrade or scrape the skin. Micro skin needling gently stimulates the skin’s natural healing process by creating micro-channels with very fine needles that close up within an hour. This reduces the healing time and risk of infection and makes it safe to use on all skin colours. There is little downtime. Because microneedling safely encourages collagen production and keeps the skin healthy and thicker, it is a safe skin rejuvenation treatment.
What Is Micro Needle Therapy Used For?
Microneedling treatments can be used for all of these things:
- for wrinkles and scars,
- for acne scars
- to improve fine lines and wrinkes around the mouth
- for crow’s feet
- loose and lax skin,
- to improve the skin and skin texture,
- stretch marks
- increase skin plumpness
- decrease pore size
- improve superficial pigmentation
- deal with sun damaged skin hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation.
Because the small needles stimulate the blood supply to the follicle, it can reduce hair loss and increase hair growth.
Microneedling also increases the penetration of serums and other active ingredients to support the skin’s normal cell function, and can optimize the absorption and effectiveness of anti-aging products by up to 3000%.
It is non-allergenic to human tissue due to the sterile medical grade needles.
Microneedling can be used on fragile areas on the face, and on the area under the eyes, on the back of the hands and on the neck.
And it is safe on all Fitzpatrick skin types and skin colours, and ethnic skin. Look at the chart on the left.
Microneedling & Hair Loss
Microneedling stimulates hair growth. In this study, 100 test subjects were divided into two groups; one group was treated with minoxidil lotion and the other received minoxidil lotion and microneedling. After 12 weeks, 82 percent of the microneedling group reported a 50 percent improvement versus 4.5 percent of the minoxidil lotion group only. However, the hair follicles have to be healthy. It will not work if you are already bald.
Micro Needling Skin Treatment
A numbing cream will be applied and when the numbing cream gets removed, a serum gets applied and the treatment begins.
Micro Needling After One Treatment
The pain is minimal and there is little or no downtime. Parts of your face may feel a bit more sensitive than others right after the treatment. This goes away with time. Once we have completed the micro-needling, we will apply a serum and hydrating stem cell moisturizer with human growth factors. You should use a sunscreen.
You may take a Tylenol after the treatment if your skin feels sensitive.
The skin will be red and may have some swelling which usually disappears within 12 – 24 hours, and depending on the depth of your treatment, your skin may be pink and may slightly flake and peel for a few days after the treatment, but don’t pick it off as this may cause scaring.
Only Mineral based makeup should be applied the next day.
If you use regular makeup I recommend you wait 24 hours to give your skin the recovery time it needs, and don’t work out for 24 hours afterwards. Then you may only use hydrating, and soothing and healing skin care products at home to encourage new healthy cell growth. I recommend the Luminesce celebrity skin care products with human growth factors. Do not wear a sunscreen, or makeup or tanning lotions for 24 hours after the treatment, and after that only wear a mineral sunscreen SPF30 daily, even on a cloudy day, because it allows the skin to breathe, and wear a hat and stay out of the sun.
Use a sunscreen that is made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which is much safer than chemical SPFs that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. Several countries have already banned sunscreens that contain these chemicals and others are examining these chemicals carefully.
There is a healing process that takes place between the inflammation stage and the repair stage.The body needs time to produce new collagen. Therefore, you will notice some improvement gradually over time. They become more visible in a few weeks. The final results take three To six Months After Your Last Treatment.
Micro-Needling Post Care Instructions will be given to you to take home.
How Long Is The Needle Facial Treatment?
Usually it takes an hour, but may take a bit longer depending on the area(s) we are treating.
What Types of Needles Are Used?
The needles are medical grade sterilized needle cartridges of various sizes. The cartridges are disposable. A new cartridge is used for every client and every session.
How Often Should I Get This Done?
We will need to assess your skin and discuss your treatment plan when we do your consultation. The number of initial treatments and the required maintenance will depend on your skin type and what we are treating. Some people only need two sessions, but most people do need three sessions. The sessions are done four to six to eight weeks apart. Maintenance treatments should be scheduled for once a year and regular facials in between.
Because acne scars and stretch marks typically require six to eight treatments done at eight week intervals, book a free consultation and come in so that we can assess your skin and recommend a treatment plan that is suitable for your specific needs.
How Long Do I Need To Wait Before I Can Have a Facial?
You can have a facial one week after micro-needling.
Am I a Good Candidate For Microneedling?
Micro-needling is a safe and effective treatment for most people, but it is not right for every person. Adults who are generally in good health are good candidates for microneedling. People who want to improve their skin’s appearance and want to see subtle but significant results from a minimally-invasive procedure are good candidates.
Micro Needling Pre-Treatment Instructions
- Shower and wash your hair before your treatment, and do not wear any makeup or oil on your skin.
- You must wait two weeks after Botox injections, and four weeks after facial filler injections.
- And no IPL treatments less than seven days prior to microneedling.
- No CO2 Laser treatment for three months prior to micro-needling.
- Avoid autoimmune therapies or products for 12 hours prior to treatment.
- Use no Retin-A products (retinoids), or topical antibiotics, hydroquinone or benzoyl peroxide for three days prior to microneedling.
- Avoid acids and exfoliants or any other topical products that may irritate or dry out the skin for 24 hours before and that includes Alpha Hydroxy Acid – AHA, or Beta Hydroxy Acid – BHA
- No sun bathing or sun tanning three days before treatment because we cannot treat sunburned skin.
- No waxing or depilatory creams or electrolysis for seven days prior, and do not shave the day of the treatment.
- And if you have a history of cold sores, start taking an antiviral prescription such as Acyclovir or Valtrex two days before.
- Avoid alcohol, and Aspirin, and NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve), Garlic and Gingko Biloba, and Fish Oils, and Vitamin E five to seven days before treatment, but these are not contraindicated to performing the treatment.
- And to save time preferably come in without makeup or makeup residue on the day of the treatment.
P.S. But if active or extreme breakouts occur before the treatment, it is best to reschedule your appointment.
You should not utilize this therapy if you have:
- had a vaccination for COVID-19 in the last month.
- used Accutane within the last six months, or have open wounds, or cuts or abrasions you can not be treated.
- had radiation treatments within the past year or any kind of skin infection or herpes simplex in the area to be treated. In these cases, microneedling can trigger outbreaks.
- a history of keloid and hypertrophic scarring or poor wound healing in the area to be treated
- Actinic (Solar) Keratosis or diabetes
- raised moles, warts or lesions in the area to be treated.
- Scleroderma (which is an autoimmune disease), or rheumatoid arthritis, or any chronic disease, because it affects the body by hardening the connective tissue.
- Blood Clotting problems, or collagen vascular diseases, or cardiac abnormalities, or lupus or any other immunosuppression disease.
- scars less than three months old, or any active bacterial or fungal infections.
- an active case of acne and rosacea, or other inflammatory conditions, and clients prone to viral breakouts.
You also should not utilize this therapy if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- The nutrients go to the baby and not to repair the skin.
- We must not apply numbing cream to a nursing mother.
- bleed excessively, or are a hemophiliac.
Eyelids or inside the vermillion border of the lips cannot be treated.
Micro Needling Before and After Photos
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Dermarolling At Home
Helpful Tips For Better Results
- Make sure you do not use it if you have an abnormal skin disease or open wounds, and that the place around you is clean.
- Check your roller before and after treatments and make sure there are no defects such as bent needles, because the dermaroller should not get stuck in your skin.
- Be gentle with yourself and don’t use excessive pressure or speed
- Rinse your roller with hot water and gently brush it with a clean tooth brush and a bit of soap, then soak it for 30 minutes in Polident denture cleaner.
- One tablet of any denture cleaner and water is good, then rinse it with water and dry it on a rough towel and spray your roller with 70% alcohol afterwards and store it properly in a closed container.
- Spray it with 70% alcohol before each use
- Do not share your roller with anyone
- Don’t attempt another treatment while your skin is still red and sensitive.
- Do not use it on your lips or below your eyebrows or too close to your eyes.
- Don’t apply any peels or exfoliation products after the treatment, and stay away from any skin care products that contain harmful ingredients, or are pore clogging or irritate your skin after the treatment.
- Don’t wear makeup for 24 hours after your home micro-needling session, and use only mineral makeup, because it allows your skin to breathe.
Do not use any toxic sunscreen or sunblock that contains oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients were banned in Hawaii in 2018, and many other countries already followed suit.
And keep in mind, too many microneedling treatments will make your skin look plastic.