Microneedling Q & A
How do I prepare for microneedling?
Before undergoing a microneedling treatment, there are several things you can do to prepare and ensure the best possible results:
Avoid exposure to the sun: It is best to avoid sun exposure for at least a week before the treatment. Sunburned skin is more sensitive and can be more prone to complications from microneedling.
Avoid using retinoids: Refrain from using retinoids or other exfoliating agents at least 3-5 days before your microneedling session.
Avoid waxing: Avoid waxing or other hair removal treatments that may irritate the skin for at least a week before the treatment.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of your treatment. Well-hydrated skin is plumper and more resilient.
Arrive with clean skin: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and avoid using any skincare products that can irritate the skin.
How long till you see results of microneedling?
The time it takes to see results from microneedling can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s skin type, the severity of the skin concern being treated, and the frequency of treatments. Typically, you may see some improvement in the appearance of your skin within a few days after the first microneedling treatment, such as a reduction in redness and inflammation. However, it can take several weeks to see more significant improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. For best results, most people need to undergo a series of microneedling treatments spaced several weeks apart.
Does microneedling hurt?
Microneedling can cause some discomfort, but the level of pain or discomfort varies from person to person. The treatment involves using a device with tiny needles that puncture the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. The sensation can be described as a mild to moderate prickling or stinging sensation, similar to a sunburn. Some areas of the face may be more sensitive than others, such as around the eyes or lips.
To minimize discomfort, a numbing cream can be applied to the skin before the procedure. Additionally, some microneedling devices have adjustable needle depth and speed, allowing the technician to customize the treatment to your comfort level. After the treatment, your skin may feel tight, dry, and sensitive, but this usually subsides within a few hours to a day.
If you are concerned about pain or discomfort during microneedling, it’s best to speak with a skincare professional beforehand to discuss your options for minimizing discomfort and ensuring a comfortable experience.
What are the contraindications to having microneedling?
Microneedling is generally a safe and effective treatment for many skin concerns, but there are some contraindications to consider:
1. Open wounds or active infections: Microneedling should not be performed on skin that has open wounds, active infections, or cold sores.
2. Active acne: If you have active acne, it is best to wait until the acne has cleared before undergoing microneedling.
3. Blood disorders: People with bleeding disorders or who are taking blood-thinning medications may not be suitable candidates for microneedling.
4. Skin conditions: Certain skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, may be aggravated by microneedling.
5. Pregnancy or breastfeeding: The safety of microneedling during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not been established, so it is best to avoid the treatment during this time.
6. History of keloid scarring: People who have a history of keloid scarring may be at increased risk of developing keloids after microneedling.
7. Skin cancer or suspicious skin lesions: It is generally not recommended to undergo microneedling if you have skin cancer or suspicious skin lesions.
It is important to discuss any medical conditions or concerns with a skincare professional before undergoing microneedling to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you
What are the side effects of microneedling?
Microneedling is generally a safe procedure, but as with any cosmetic treatment, there are potential side effects that you should be aware of. Common side effects include:
1. Redness and swelling: It is common to experience some redness and swelling after microneedling, which usually subsides within a few hours to a few days after treatment.
2. Skin sensitivity: Your skin may feel sensitive to the touch and may be more prone to sunburn or irritation for a few days after treatment.
3. Peeling or flaking: As the skin begins to heal, it may peel or flake, revealing smoother, more radiant skin.
4. Bruising: Some people may experience bruising after microneedling, particularly if they have sensitive skin or are prone to bruising.
5. Infection: While rare, there is a risk of infection with any skin-penetrating procedure. To minimize the risk of infection, it is important to keep the treated area clean and avoid touching it unnecessarily.
6. Pigment changes: In rare cases, microneedling can result in hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin).
7. Allergic reactions: Some people may be allergic to the products used during or after microneedling, such as the numbing cream or skincare products applied after the treatment.
What is the recovery time after microneedling?
The recovery time after microneedling can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the treatment. In general, most people experience some redness, swelling, and sensitivity for a few days after microneedling. The skin may also feel dry and tight, and some people may experience mild peeling or flaking as the skin begins to heal.
To minimize discomfort and speed up the healing process, it is important to follow proper aftercare instructions, such as:
1. Avoid sun exposure: Protect your skin from the sun by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and avoiding direct sun exposure for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
2. Avoid makeup: Avoid using makeup for at least 24 hours after the treatment to allow the skin to heal.
3. Moisturize: Keep the skin well hydrated by applying a gentle moisturizer several times a day.
4. Avoid harsh skincare products: Avoid using any harsh skincare products, such as exfoliants or retinoids, for at least 3-5 days after the treatment.
5. Avoid hot water: Avoid hot water or steam on the treated area for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
Most people can resume their normal activities within a day or two after microneedling, but it is best to avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may cause excessive sweating for at least 24 hours after the treatment. Your skincare provider can give you more specific aftercare instructions based on your individual needs and treatment plan.