Your skin is remarkable. What all it is capable of doing and withstanding is truly impressive. When cut, blood will clot to seal the open wound and prevent infection as it works to repair itself. The skin will be repaired and renewed in no time at all, appearing tighter and firmer than before. Skin cell renewal is truly a remarkable occurrence. Microneedling harnesses the power of your skin’s ability to repair itself. And yet, it is a procedure that still may be a bit foreign to you.
The Skin Center By CPS team is here to address all your microneedling questions. We have performed thousands of microneedling treatments and welcome any opportunity to shed some light on this exceptional treatment.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is sometimes referred to as collagen induction. It has been a mainstay of aesthetic skin renewal since first performed in 1905. It involves using a handheld implement (the size of a sharpy) with approximately 6 to 8 acupuncture-sized needles that pierce the top layers of skin creating tiny wounds, in clinical terms, causing a controlled injury. These tiny wounds are very small, so there is no risk of potential scarring. However, the wounds stimulate your skin to respond by increasing collagen that rushes to form new cells, repairing and restoring skin to health.
Microneedling is often used to treat wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tones, rough texture, acne scars, and other minor issues you have. Deep wrinkles, such as extreme forehead lines, may not be corrected with microneedling, but it can help minimize their appearance.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
This is one of the most common microneedling questions asked, does it hurt? While everyone has their level of pain tolerance, microneedling is generally painless. As an in-office procedure, we use a topical numbing cream to eliminate the possibility of discomfort or pain.
You may notice a slight amount of pinprick bleeding that resolves very quickly as your body’s clotting mechanism engages and the channels close. After the procedure, you may experience some redness and tightness of the skin, similar to a mild sunburn. That’s a good sign! That shows the healing process is in full swing. Any discomfort will subside after a short time.
How Often Should you Microneedle?
A series of 3-4 is usually recommended to achieve the desired goal as with any corrective treatment. When it comes to clinical microneedling, you can generally have it performed every four to six weeks, although this may vary slightly from person to person. We don’t recommend coming in sooner than four weeks as your skin may still be in the recovery phase. We are happy to discuss the best approach for your specific goals during your initial microneedling appointment.
When Can I Wear Make-up After Microneedling?
It is best to keep your skin clean for the first 12-24 hours. Allowing the channels an opportunity to fully close and avoid the possibility of any contaminants entering the skin. This means you should avoid wearing makeup, at least for the remainder of the day following the microneedling procedure. We recommend waiting at least three days before wearing any makeup. Planning your procedure will ensure you are prepared for a few make-up-free days allowing the appropriate amount of time to heal.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
Plasma is a rich source of nutrients that helps speed up repairs and recovery from injuries. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, takes plasma from your own blood, stimulates the growth factors, and reintroduces it back into your skin. While traditionally used in other areas of the medical field, in aesthetics, it proved to be beneficial in collagen production, thereby improving the appearance of fine lines. We also use it in hair restoration as a treatment for certain types of baldness. PRP helps restimulate hair follicles, generating the regrowth of hair.
Microneedling with PRP has become extremely popular due to its effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes. When combining microneedling with PRP, the microneedling procedure causes injury to your skin. Afterward, PRP is applied, which expedites healing, essentially supercharging the repair and recovery process, helping enhance the final results. If you’re ready to try microneedling, consider adding PRP to achieve a natural, healthy, glowing complexion.
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Microneedling is a procedure that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while tightening your skin. It takes advantage of your body’s natural ability to repair itself without the use of chemicals, fillers, or surgical remedies. So if you prefer to focus specifically on natural skin health treatments, microneedling may be perfect for you.
Of course, the best way to determine which procedure offers the best results for your specific microneedling questions is to give our staff here at The Skin Center By CPS a call. Let’s begin with a complimentary consultation, and, together we can determine if microneedling is right for you. We look forward to your call.