What is Microneedling and its Effects?
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-ageing 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 skin treatments 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 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 face , back and the chest areas.
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 30 minutes.
When Will I See The Effects Of Microneedling?
As with any cosmetic procedure, everyone’s body reacts differently, so results vary.
Clients usually see small improvements within a week. This is usually a mild reduction 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 acid based 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.A mineral SPF is best used at this time .
For most people, that is all the aftercare that is required. However, your practitioner may have specific advice for you depending on your individual needs. Make sure to follow any aftercare instructions closely.
Are There Risks Associated With Microneedling?
The risks associated with microneedling are minimal. Most clients undergo the procedure without any adverse results. It is important to choose your practioner carefully.
In very rare cases, clients notice issues like bleeding, slight bruising, and skin peeling. If you notice any of these changes, contact your practitioner immediately.It is important to discuss any health conditions you might have or medications you are talking - as some medications can increase risk of bleeding and bruising or may have your skin more susceptible to sun damage. If you are on medication that increases photosensitivity to UV / Sun damage, it is important to use a good quality broad spectrum Sunscreen and reapply every two hours. Aspirin can increase risk of bruising and or bleeding.
If you are pregnant, taking Accutane, have open wounds, or have skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, this treatment is not for you .
How Long Do Results Last?
Microneedling is not a one and done procedure. You will need follow-up appointments regularly.
Again, results from your first treatment usually take four to six weeks to be realised. After this, microneedling results will last for an additional four to six weeks. Most people who undergo microneedling schedule follow-up treatments every four , eight to twelve weeks depending on your skin.
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.
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 follow-up appointments regularly, most clients are pleased with the results.
Interested in microneedling?
At Nuala Woulfe our practitioners have decades worth of experience. We work one-on-one with every individual client to meet their specific needs. If you have questions about microneedling or any other minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, please contact us.