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What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a relatively new minimally invasive therapeutic technique
that is very simple, safe and effective. The technique involves superficial and controlled micro injury of the skin with miniature fine needles used to treat skin concerns via collagen production. It was initially introduced for skin rejuvenation, however, now it is being used for a very wide range of indications including acne scar, acne, post-traumatic/burn scar, alopecia, skin rejuvenation, hyperhidrosis, stretch marks, and many more concerns.
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Who is Microneedling For?
Virtually anyone can safely receive microneedling because it is minimally invasive and doesn’t cause significant wounding of the skin. Even those with thin skin can undergo treatment since the depth of penetration can be finely controlled.
The Benefits of Microneedling
Treatment is effective on many areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.
Increases collagen by 200%
Tightens the skin
Plumps the skin
Gets rid of fine and deep lines on the skin (forehead, smile lines, upper lip, eyes, etc)
Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
Reduces acne scars, surgical scars, keloids, indented scars, discolored scars
Shrinks the pore size
Evens out the skin tone
Powerful anti-inflammatory properties
Nourishes and Protects the Skin
Packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
Vitamins A, C, E, and D
-Antibacterial (Helps Combat Acne and Rosacea)
Contraindications for Microneedling
Collagen Induction Therapy
Cannot be done on tanned skin
Retinol or Retin A use within 24 hrs prior treatment
Full blown rosacea
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
Have open wounds
Recent radiation therapy
History of skin scars
Preperation for Microneedling
No Retin-A products or applications for 72 hours prior to treatment
No Auto-immune therapies or products 72 hours prior to treatment
No prolonged sun exposure or sunburns to the treatment area 72 hours prior to treatment
Before the procedure, a consultation will be done so we may talk about ways you can prepare so you have the best possible outcome. You may need to stop using topical retinoids, taking certain medications, such as ibuprofen and those for acne treatment, well in advance of the procedure. Doing so may reduce the risk of certain side effects.
What to expect after Microneedling?
Microneedling isn’t invasive like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal.
You may notice skin irritation and redness within the first few days following the procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” made by the needles in your skin.
You can go back to work or school after the procedure if you’re comfortable.
Immediately after the procedure, your skin professional will apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB, SPF 25 or greater sunscreen to your skin. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is a must. We recommend a chemical-free sunscreen.
To maintain the results of your treatment, you’ll need multiple sessions and perhaps other complementing treatments. Your Esthetician will advise you on the best plan of action based on your individual goals.
After Care Instructions
Use a gentle cleanser and warm water to cleanse the face for 72 hours post-treatment, and gently dry the treated skin. Always make sure your hands are clean when touching the treated area.
We recommend that you do not apply makeup for 24 hours after the procedure. In addition, do not apply any makeup with a makeup brush, especially if the brush is not clean.
Your Esthetician will recommend Body Ethics Beauty Serum Antioxidants post-treatment, as its properties are ideal to help heal the skin by soothing and lessening irritation. As the skin starts to regenerate, Body Ethics Beauty collagen-stimulating peptides are ideal to maximize the effects of the stimulation already started by the micro-needling.
Your skin may feel drier than normal. Hyaluronic Acid is an ideal ingredient you can use to hydrate and restore the skin back to perfect balance.
Keep in mind that you should continue to use sunscreen everyday, not only the days following your procedure, as part of your skincare routine to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.
To ensure the proper healing environment, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula) scrubs or anything perceived as “active” skincare for one week post treatment. Do not use any powered cleansing brushes for one week post treatment.
Avoid intentional and direct sunlight or tanning beds for 1-2 weeks
Do not go swimming for at least 72 hours post-treatment.
Do not exercise or participate in strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments in general are harmful and filled with bacteria, which may cause adverse reactions in your skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin, which then produces collagen and elastin. The process creates micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing their effects in deeper layers on the skin.