Tired of fine lines, acne scars or uneven skin tone?  Microneedling is a new trend in skin care with some pretty impressive results, at a fraction of the cost of more invasive lasers and surgery.  

There are many non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the skin that work by triggering the body’s natural healing mechanisms, either through heat, radio waves, or some other type of physical stimulation.  Microneedling is a treatment that involves making very tiny punctures in the skin with a special handheld device to kick start the body’s wound healing process.  By generating new skin cells and boosting collagen production, Microneedling produces smoother, softer, more youthful looking skin after about 3-5 treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. 

The creation of micro-wounds during the Microneedling treatment allow topical products to penetrate deeper into the skin than they normally would.  This increases the skin's ability to utilize the nutrients. 

How can Microneedling benefit my skin?

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Microneedling can soften the skin to reduce the appearance of developing lines around the mouth or under the eyes.  With an increase in collagen production following treatment, skin will retain a smoother, more taught appearance to prevent further development of wrinkles and sagging. 

  • Decrease acne scars.  Even if your acne cleared up years ago, it may have left behind unsightly scars.  Microneedling is a great treatment option for acne scars, because it encourages the production of new, healthy skin cells that will create a smoother, more even appearance on the surface. 

  • Shrink pore size.  If you have larger pores, Microneedling can reduce the size of the pores while allowing optimal absorption of skincare products that can further improve the appearance and texture of the skin.

  • Improve skin texture.  This treatment is effective for uneven skin tone or rough, sun damaged skin. 

  • Boost collagen production.  Can be used as preventative maintenance for almost anyone, of any skin color, to help prevent and treat the signs of aging, skin laxity and collagen loss in the skin.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do not use topical agents that may increase sensitivity of skin: retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, acids that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, salicylic acids, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide acne products) 5-7 days prior.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil for 7 days prior to treatment.  These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.

  • Avoidance of IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure or sunburn for 2 weeks prior.

  • No waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis to area being treated 5-7 days prior.

  • No shaving the day of the procedure to avoid skin irritation.  If there is dense hair present in the treatment area, closely shave the area the day before you arrive to your appointment.  Moles, warts or actinic (solar) keratosis cannot be treated.

  • If you are prone to cold sores, take antiviral agent for 3 days prior to and day of treatment.  

  • Bruising is a common risk.  Avoid blood thinning agents (aspirin, fish oil, Omega-3, Vitamin E) for 1 week prior.  May resume day after treatment.

Day of Microneedling

  • Skin is clean without lotion, oil, makeup, powder, perfume or sunscreen.  Patient may wash face in office upon arrival.

  • Inform provider of any relevant changes in your medical history and of all medications you are taking.

  • Notify provider of any cosmetic tattoos to areas being treated.

  • Our topical prescription BLT (Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Tetracaine) cream will be applied in office for 20-30 min prior to treatment.  Treatment thereafter will take about 30 minutes.

Post-Treatment Instructions

DAY 1-3

  • A sunburn-like effect is normal.  The skin will feel tight, dry, sensitive to touch.  Treat skin gently washing with a gentle cleanser, cool water, using hands only and pat dry no earlier than 4 hours after treatment.  Redness or sensitivity might be present.  Some small bruising is common and may last up to 5-7 days and swelling can last 2-4 days depending on how aggressive of a treatment you received.

  • Avoid strenuous exercises that cause sweating, jacuzzi, sauna or steam baths for 24 hours due to open pores, or up to 48 hours if inflammation exists.

  • May only use makeup after 24 hours. 

  • Sleep on your back with head of bed elevated to minimize swelling as needed.

DAY 2-7

  • Peeling may start 2-5 days after treatment.  You will notice skin dryness and flaking.  This is due to an increased turnover of skin cells.  Do not pick, scratch or scrub at treated skin.  Allow old skin to flake off naturally and keep moisturized at all times with the products recommended to you by your provider.

DAY 5-7

  • You may restart your regular skin care products and Retin-A once your skin is no longer irritated.

  • Many patients notice continued skin improvement for months following the last treatment.

  • For best results, we recommend follow up and repeat treatments in 4-6 weeks and a series of 3-5 treatments depending on your personalized care plan.

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