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:
- skin pigmentation including melasma
- stretch marks
- 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.