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Do you have skin envy?

If you’re tired of looking at smooth, perfect skin and wishing that could be you, you should consider microneedling treatments. As we age, collagen production slows down, contributing to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth, and stretchy texture. Microneedling increases the production of collagen and other healing factors, helping restore the elasticity and glow of youthful skin.

Microneedling can be used to treat:

  • wrinkles
  • scarring
  • acne
  • alopecia
  • skin pigmentation including melasma
  • stretch marks
  • rosacea
  • loose skin resulting from weight loss or liposuction

How does microneedling work?

Microneedling is a technique that uses multiple tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and cause physical trauma. This trauma prompts the derma, a deeper layer of skin, to rebuild. Often, we’ll combine microneedling with other treatments such as PRF to enhance the effects of microneedling.

Does microneedling hurt?

Microneedling has been likened to the feeling of sandpaper gently moving across your skin. On bony areas, like the forehead, microneedling causes a bit of pain. For patients who are more sensitive, we offer numbing cream. Numbing cream is applied topically and takes about 15 minutes to work.

What should I expect after microneedling?

Your skin will initially have an inflammatory effect, causing redness/pinkness that may last for 12 to 48 hours. Try not to touch or wash your skin for the first 4 to 6 hours after a treatment. It is highly recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours due to open pores. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications 24 hours before or after the treatment as these will interfere with your body’s inflammatory response that is necessary to transform your skin.

Pro tip: eating fresh pineapple will enhance the healing process and help with any skin discomfort.

Within 24 to 72 hours after your treatment, your skin will feel dry and may begin flaking or peeling. This is caused by increased skin turnover. You can help your skin heal by keeping it very well hydrated (always important, but especially so after any skin treatment). Dr. Purewal will give specific instructions on the best moisturizers to use to maximize the results of your treatment.

Cool compresses help alleviate discomfort after peel if excessive discomfort, burning, redness, or swelling is persistent. Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of three days up to ten days.

How long do microneedling results last?

Microneedling is a treatment that is safe to have performed every 4-6 weeks. Regular treatments promote sustained collagen production and increased skin cell renewal. Unlike fillers or BOTOX, micro needling is something you can do on a regular basis to improve the health and appearance of your skin for the long term.

FAQ: Microneedling

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a collagen induction treatment using an automated mechanical device called a Dermapen. The penetration of fine needles at a precise depth creates tiny micropunctures, or injuries to the skin. This creates a wound healing response that stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin, both are key ingredients to healthier, younger looking skin. Microneedling is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sunspots, melasma, large pores, acne scars and dark circles. It is suitable for all skin types. For darker skin types, microneedling can be a safer alternative to chemical peels and lasers.

Is it painful?

Applying numbing cream prior to the treatment minimizes the discomfort. Also, the vibration of the Dermapen device helps to interrupt pain receptors. Certain areas along the bone are a little more sensitive compared to the cheeks but overall, this should be an easy to tolerate procedure.

What will I look like after?

Your skin will look red and flushed for a few hours. After that subsides, it will have a pinkish hue for the next few days. Areas that were treated a little more aggressively may be a little pinker for longer.

How long is the recovery?

Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment, healing may take 2-5 days. Most people feel comfortable returning to their normal activities after 48-72 hours.

When can I wear make-up again?

Make-up can be worn again after 24 hours. It should be strictly avoided prior to that.

What kind of improvement can I expect in my skin after microneedling?

Microneedling with Dermapen will benefit your skin by building collagen and elastin. Improvement can be seen 10-14 days after the first treatment but is best seen 3 months after treatment. Patients should expect to see an overall improvement in skin texture and tone, fine lines, pores, pigmentation, scarring and improvement in dark circles.

How many treatments are necessary?

We recommend a series of 3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. Although results can be seen after the first treatment, the most dramatic results occur with the cumulative effect of treatment.

What is Microneedling with platelet rich fibrin (PRF)?

Microneedling can be combined with platelet rich fibrin (PRF) to further improve the quality and texture of the skin. We especially like the improvement in outcome with this combination in treating dark circles. The PRF can also be injected into trouble areas yielding even better results.