THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF MICRONEEDLING
Microneedling has quickly become one of the most sought after treatments across the country. Major publications like New York Magazine and the Wall Street Journal have written in-depth reports on its virtues and it’s also been featured on every talk show imaginable. Patients love it for its ease and impressive results. Microneedling helps restore the “youthfulness” of the skin by stimulating your body to make more collagen which softens fine lines, improves skins firmness and softens acne scars. Although more and more patients have been scheduling appointments, many still have questions about how it works. The following guide will give you the basics of the procedure and what kind of results you can expect.
Microneedling is performed with an adjustable pen containing 13 tiny needles which can reach depths up to 2.0 mm in the skin. They are incredibly tiny compared to traditional needles and even gentle enough to be used around the delicate eye area. The whole procedure takes approximately 60 minutes from start to finish with the lengthiest amount of time spent numbing the skin. Generally speaking, patients will have a series of 3 to 6 treatments every 4 weeks with maintenance treatments every 6 months.
MICRONEEDLING IS FOR (ALMOST) EVERYONE
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive procedure with a very low side effect profile that works for all skin tones and many skin conditions. That said, it is not suitable for patients with cuts, abrasions, open wounds, or ongoing active infections or eczema on the areas to be treated. Before going ahead with microneedling you will meet with Dr. Sutton to determine if you are the right candidate.
WHAT THE PROCEDURE IS LIKE
Microneedling is virtually painless due to the topical numbing cream applied 30-45 minutes beforehand. Then, the procedure is performed by one of our registered nurses. During the procedure, a serum filled with vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid, and collagen boosters is applied right into the tiny holes created. Afterwards, a mask is placed on the face to lock all the amazing ingredients in and to soothe the skin. After your first treatment, you may experience some redness and a “raw” feeling similar to a sunburn. Your skin may be slightly swollen, pink, and tight for a couple of days and you may see pinpoint bruising. It is important to follow our after-care instructions to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.
TO DYI OR NOT
With the popularity of microneedling on the rise, you can find a lot of online stores selling DIY kits. While they can be marginally effective, it’s highly recommended that you do not conduct this procedure on your own. Most DIY products are rollers which can tear the skin and therefore, carry risks. Also, the type of roller you can buy may not be as high quality as the one your doctor uses. At home procedures come with risks like infection, depigmentation, and scarring. Microneedling at its core, creates a wound on the skin. If your home isn’t completely sterile (which it most likely isn’t), you risk damaging your skin even further.
IS MICRONEEDLING FOR ME?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that has shown great results for patients across the world. It has many benefits for your skin and can be used to improve fine lines, scars, discoloration and more. If you’re interested in trying microneedling or you have any further questions, please call us at 604-428-6692 to book your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sutton!