Microneedling is a skin enhancing therapy in which small needles create tiny, shallow holes throughout the skin’s surface. This stimulates elastin and collagen production, proteins that have anti-aging properties and improve skin health and appearance overall.
Microneedling is done for a variety of reasons, from reducing fine lines and wrinkles to treating acne scars and stretch marks. In recent years, microneedling and other minimally invasive forms of cosmetic dermatology have become increasingly popular as they have short recovery times and low risks of complications.
If you’re considering microneedling, you probably want to learn more information on the process first. Below, we’ll go over the most commonly asked questions people have when considering the procedure.
A more technologically advanced treatment with greater efficacy is RF microneedling, which we also offer. This therapy has slightly increased downtime, but dramatically more substantial results.
What Can I Expect During Microneedling?
Microneedling is usually done on the face, but it can be performed on any area of the skin you want to repair. People have it done everywhere from the back to the legs to the chest.
Microneedling procedures are quick and usually painless as the needles used are so small. During the treatment, a practitioner will place numbing cream or gel on the area being treated. They then use the microneedling device to rapidly insert tiny needles into your skin. While you may feel a slight tingling, there is usually no pain.
Sessions are very brief, usually lasting 20 to 30 minutes.
When Will I See The Effects Of Microneedling?
As with any cosmetic procedure, everyone’s body reacts differently, so results vary.
Patients usually see small improvements within a week. This is usually mild reductions in wrinkles and pore visibility. After about four to six weeks, you’ll begin to see more dramatic changes to your skin.
However, results do depend on the severity of your skin issues. If you’re treating very noticeable scars, for example, it may take several treatments to get the results you want.
What Is The Recovery Process?
Recovery for microneedling is very mild. Usually, you can resume your regular activities right away. However, there are some extra precautions you should take regarding skin care in the days after microneedling.
Do not use skin care products with acidic ingredients, retinol, or AHAs and be vigilant about using sunscreen. For the first 72 hours after treatment, you should apply sunscreen every four to six hours and try your best to stay out of the sun.
For most people, that is all the aftercare that is required. However, your practitioner may have specific medical advice for you depending on your individual needs. Make sure to follow any aftercare instructions closely.
Are There Risks Associated With Microneedling?
Any cosmetic procedure carries a risk of side effects. However, the risks associated with microneedling are minimal. Most patients undergo the procedure without any adverse results.
In very rare cases, patients notice issues like bleeding, bruising, skin peeling, or an infection. If you notice any of these changes, contact your clinician immediately.
If you are pregnant, taking Accutane, have open wounds, or have skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, you should make your practitioner aware before undergoing the treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Microneedling is not a one and done procedure. Much like getting your hair done, you’ll need to make followup appointments regularly.
Again, results from your first treatment usually take four to six weeks to be realized. After this, microneedling results will last for an additional four to six weeks. Most people who undergo microneedling schedule followup treatments every eight to twelve weeks.
However, everyone’s skin reacts differently to microneedling. Some people may find their results last longer or shorter than average. How long you go between treatments really depends on both personal preference and what your practitioner thinks is safe for you.
Those who undergo regular microneedling treatments over a few years will see permanent beneficial changes to their skin.
The Bottom Line
Microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that most people can undergo without complications. The treatment only takes 20 to 30 minutes and you’ll see results within a matter of weeks.
Microneedling has lots of benefits for your skin. It can make your skin smoother, tighter, reduce wrinkles, shrink pores, and enhance tone and texture. If you’re looking for a cosmetic procedure that does not entail a lengthy recovery process, this may be for you. While you’ll have to undergo followup appointments regularly, most patients are pleased with the results.
Interested in microneedling? At BLUSH Beverly Hills, our doctors and practitioners have decades worth of experience in aesthetic medicine. We work one-on-one with every individual patient to meet their specific needs. If you have questions about microneedling or any other minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out here and schedule your consultation today.