What You Should Know About Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to treat various skin concerns. Fine short sterilized needles are inserted into the skin, causing trauma to the derma, which prompts collagen and elastin production. The skin rejuvenates, and new skin grows, resulting in reduced; wrinkles, fine lines, scars, large pores, and stretch marks. This skin rejuvenation treatment boosts collagen, increases hair growth, and improves scars’ appearance on any part of the body. Microneedling is an anti-aging procedure that gives you a healthier, younger look.
4 Types of Microneedling Treatments
- Traditional Microneedling
The dermatologist uses a device comprising short micro-fine needles known as a derma roller to puncture the skin microscopically. These tiny pricks bleed slightly, but the blood is not wiped away. Dermatologists recommend that it stays on the face for an hour so that it is effectively absorbed back into the skin. The derma roller procedure has various benefits to the skin as blood has several important growth factors and anti-aging boosters. The natural properties of the body to heal itself are stimulated to produce more collagen and elastin.
- Microneedling + PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
This form of treatment combines microneedling and a concentration of platelets which are obtained from the patient’s blood. A vial of the patient’s blood is drawn, and plasma-rich protein is retrieved through a process called centrifugal. When these growth factors in the blood are incorporated into the microneedling treatment, more collagen is produced. This treatment has a similar effect with using fillers and is suitable for correcting acne scars and older patients.
- Microneedling + Radiofrequency
Heat energy is used alongside microneedling to prompt collagen growth and to tighten tissues in the treated area. A matrix of tiny needles is used to introduce radiofrequency energy into the skin’s second layer through the microneedling device.
- Microneedling + Serum therapies
Microneedling is combined with different types of serums for great results. A common type of serum used is the Stem Cell Growth Factor Serum. This serum is applied to the skin after a microneedling +PRP treatment.
Perfect Candidates for Microneedling
Microneedling is safe and effective for most types of skin. Patients who aim at improving the appearance of their skin or imperfections are perfect candidates for microneedling. Patients with different types of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, lax skin, or uneven skin tones can benefit from this treatment. Patients who are pregnant, breast-feeding, have keloid scars, have active skin infections, or have undergone radiation treatment within a year are advised to avoid this treatment.
5 Steps of the Microneedling Procedure
The patient discusses their skin health goals with the dermatologist based on the type of microneedling treatment required. The specialist prepares you for great results by advising against using certain medications or treatments before microneedling. Medicines used to treat acne are not recommended because they increase the side effects of the treatment. The cumulative cost is also discussed.
- Administering anesthesia
The dermatologist uses topical anesthesia on the area to be treated an hour before commencing the treatment. This ensures that the patient will be comfortable and not in pain.
- If the patient desires a Microneedling + PRP treatment, the patient’s blood will be drawn and put into a centrifuge. Platelets are isolated from the blood in order to be applied to the skin after treatment. A microneedling device is moved evenly across the patient’s skin, making small punctures. These injuries stimulate the body to produce healing agents which repair the skin.
- A serum or a calming treatment is applied to the patient’s skin.
- The patient is advised on how to take care of the treated area, and the next appointment is scheduled. Microneedling requires several sessions for the best and lasting results. The sessions are between 3 and 6 weeks until the desired results are attained.
- Avoid settings where you are exposed to infection for a minimum of 72 hours after the procedure.
- Activities that cause sweating should be avoided immediately after treatment.
- Mineral-based make-up and sunscreens should be avoided.
- Shaving the treated area may be done after three to four days.
- Apply a gentle hydrating gel to the treated area frequently.
- Stay away from the sun.
- Glycolic acid, vitamin C Serum and retinoid can only be used four days after the treatment.
Microneedling treatment is available at Fairbanks Med Spa. If you are far from our offices, visit a licensed med spa near you offering this service and get a chance to improve the health of your skin.