Microneedling is an aesthetic procedure that improves the appearance of visible signs of aging. If you’re looking for ways to look younger then microneedling may be the answer you’re looking for. It improves the appearance of your skin by inducing collagen synthesis. It uses micro-needles (in a device) that produce tiny injuries, which will stimulate the underlying skin tissue to produce more collagen as it heals.
The procedure can treat a variety of skin conditions including – fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. It is generally well-tolerated and minimally invasive. More often, you will find it combined with other aesthetic treatments for comprehensive coverage.
In this guide, we aim to cover key points about microneedling –
- Aftercare instructions
- When to see a doctor
- What to expect after the procedure
This, and more. Whether you’re new to microneedling or are considering trying it out for yourself, this guide will help you make an informed decision.
Benefits of Microneedling
Apart from the therapeutic effects of microneedling, there are several other benefits, including the following:
- Skin rejuvenation – it has become increasingly popular as an anti-aging solution. As it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, the procedure improves the texture and tone of the skin.
- Acne scar treatment – despite its initial introduction for therapeutic application, microneedling has shown promising results in various skin conditions.
- Hyperpigmentation – according to a study, the procedure may be an alternative treatment for hyperpigmentation in darker-skinned patients.
- Minimal downtime and lesser risk
- Augment drug delivery – the procedure is used in combination with other aesthetic treatment to augment drug delivery. Therefore, it makes a very good adjuvant therapy.
- Scar treatment (in general) – according to a study, the procedure is found to be safe, inexpensive, and effective management for scars.
- Overall facial rejuvenation – it has been shown that insertion of RF (radiofrequency) microneedling device intramuscularly resulted in overall facial rejuvenation.
These are just some of its benefits you can get from microneedling. With the ongoing research and trials regarding its use, it is possible that in the near future, these applications will double.
In addition, those with oily or congested pores can benefit from microneedling as it helps with unclogging pores and reducing excess oil on the face. The results of microneedling are long lasting due to its ability to boost collagen production in the skin. When stimulated, collagen acts as a natural filler that helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure is relatively quick and painless when compared with other aesthetic procedures. Yet, it still has similar effects on improving overall complexion and texture by removing dullness from aged or sun damaged skin.
It is also suitable for all types of skin tones so anyone looking for an anti-aging solution can take advantage of this effective treatment. However, it is important to consult your doctor beforehand if you are considering undergoing treatment for signs of aging.
Microneedling Aftercare: Tips and Healing Stages
Microneedling is an effective and increasingly popular treatment for signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring. The practice causes the skin to go into a state of repair and ultimately results in increased collagen production. However beneficial the procedure may be, it still needs aftercare to maximize its benefits.
Here are some tips on what you can do after microneedling:
|Immediately after||Refrain from applying makeup or sunscreen (within 24 hours)|
Avoid touching and do not wash the treated area (within 6 hours)
|Day 1-3||Use a mild cleanser and moisturizer to the treated area.|
Refrain from using products that contain harsh products like retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids, and exfoliants.
Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or better)
Stay away from tanning spa or sauna
|Day 4-7||Continue with the cleanser and moisturizer|
Refrain from picking or scrubbing the area where you see peeling or flaking
|Day 8-14||Full healing can be expected|
Resume with the normal skincare routine (including sunscreen)
Avoid treatments like chemical peeling (at least 2 weeks)
Following these steps can help ensure optimal recovery times from your microneedling treatments. It should help you avoid complications. But even when it is generally safe and effective, you should consult a qualified healthcare or aesthetic professional.
How Long Does It Take for Skin to Improve After Microneedling?
There is no general consensus on how long it takes for the skin to improve after the procedure. It generally depends on your response to treatment and the specific condition treated. However, here are some general guidelines that may serve as your guide:
- Immediate – in some patients the results can be immediate. But as mentioned, this is not a general rule.
- Short-term – some patients may notice the improvement days to even weeks.
- Long-term – there are those who will experience long-term results (in months) as the body produces more collagen.
- Multiple treatments – generally most patients require multiple treatments before they can appreciate the results.
It goes without saying that the procedure’s results vary depending on your unique needs, skin type or tone, skin condition, and area to be treated. However, most people notice results within 2-3 weeks after treatment. During this period of time, collagen production will be at its peak, meaning that you should start seeing improvements in your skin’s texture and tone. You may also notice minor redness or swelling for a few days following treatment, but this should quickly diminish as your body continues to heal itself.
When to See a Doctor after Microneedling?
It’s important to know when to see a doctor after having a microneedling treatment.
Redness or swelling at the site of microneedling may be normal immediately after the procedure. However, it would be best to consult a medical professional to differentiate what’s normal reaction and what’s not. However, if you notice that the swelling has pus (yellow-colored fluid), see your doctor because this could be a sign of infection.
Make sure that you follow any instructions given to you after the procedure. Any post-treatment recommendation is designed to make healing fast and get optimal results. The aftercare is also designed to keep you safe and prevent any complications.
Microneedling is an effective and minimally invasive treatment that can help improve skin tone and texture, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, reduce pore size, and promote collagen production. This procedure requires proper preparation and aftercare in order to maximize its potential benefits.
To ensure that you get the best results from microneedling, it’s important to consult with an experienced aesthetic doctor who can give you personalized advice on the best approach for your individual needs. If you’re interested in learning more about microneedling or considering having a procedure done, don’t hesitate to contact ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness for an appointment today.