Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that makes several tiny punctures in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing cycle and inducing the development of new collagen and elastin, which helps reduce cosmetic flaws.
This treatment aids in the improvement of the following:
- Texture and tone
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Age spots
Is the procedure painful?
Most people experience mild discomfort during the treatment, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated. Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream can be applied to minimize any discomfort.
How long does the procedure take?
We use the FDA-approved Rejuvapen for microneedling. Typically, a session can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but we need an additional 30 – 40 minuted for numbing, so it can take somewhere from 60 – 90 minutes for a micro needling session.
What are the typical treatment areas?
The treatment can be performed on various areas of the body, including:
- Face: Microneedling is commonly used on the face to address concerns like acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and overall skin texture improvement.
- Neck: Microneedling can help tighten and firm the skin on the neck, reducing the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin.
- Décolletage (Chest): Microneedling effectively rejuvenates the skin on the chest, reducing wrinkles and fine lines caused by sun damage and aging.
- Hands: Microneedling can improve the texture and appearance of the skin on the hands, diminishing age spots and fine lines.
- Scalp: Microneedling can be used in hair restoration treatments to stimulate hair growth and promote a healthier scalp.
- Abdomen and Stretch Marks: Microneedling can help fade the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen and other areas of the body.
- Back: Microneedling can treat back acne scars and improve overall skin texture on the back.
How many sessions are needed to see results?
The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual’s skin condition and the desired results. On average, a series of 3 to 6 sessions, spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results.
What skin preparation is needed for the treatment?
Skin preparation is crucial to ensure the success and safety of the procedure. Here are some essential steps for skin preparation before the treatment:
- Consultation: Before the procedure, the doctor will do a quick consultation to assess your skin type, and specific concerns and determine if microneedling suits you.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: Minimize sun exposure for at least two weeks before the procedure, as sunburned or tanned skin is more sensitive and can be at a higher risk of complications.
- Stop Topical Retinoids: Discontinue topical retinoids or products containing retinol for about a week before the treatment, as they can increase skin sensitivity.
- Avoid Active Skincare Ingredients: Avoid using products with active ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and vitamin C for a few days before the procedure, as they may irritate the skin during microneedling.
- Hydrate the Skin: Keep your skin well-hydrated before the treatment day to ensure it is in optimal condition.
- No Hair Removal: Refrain from waxing, threading, or other forms of hair removal on the treatment area a few days before the procedure.
- Notify Your Provider: Inform your microneedling provider about any skin conditions, allergies, or medications you currently take.
- Follow Aftercare Instructions: Your provider may give you specific instructions on preparing your skin on the day of the treatment. Follow these instructions diligently to get the best results and minimize potential risks.
Remember, proper skin preparation will help maximize the benefits of the treatment and reduce the risk of adverse reactions, ensuring a smooth and successful treatment experience.
What is the downtime after the procedure?
After microneedling, there is usually some redness and mild swelling, similar to a mild sunburn that lasts for a day or two. Most people can resume regular activities the next day but may need to avoid intense sun exposure and certain skincare products for a few days.
What are the side effects or risks associated with this?
Microneedling is generally safe when performed by a professional like an aesthetic-trained doctor like ours. Dr Anuja Garg has extensive experience in doing Aesthetic procedures, including microneedling. However, potential side effects may include temporary redness, swelling, itching, and peeling. Infection and scarring are rare but can occur if proper aftercare instructions are not followed.
While this procedure is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional, some complications may occur, especially if proper aftercare is not followed or if the procedure is done incorrectly. Here are some potential complications that might occur after the procedure:
- Redness and Swelling: Mild redness and swelling are common after microneedling, similar to a sunburn-like reaction. This usually subsides within a day or two.
- Skin Sensitivity: The treated skin may be more sensitive than usual after microneedling, making it important to avoid harsh skincare products and sun exposure.
- Bruising: Some individuals may experience mild bruising at the treatment sites, especially if they have sensitive or easily bruised skin.
- Skin Peeling: As the skin heals, some peeling or flaking might be a natural part of the rejuvenation process.
- Infection: Although rare, there is a slight risk of infection if the microneedling device or the treated area is not properly sanitized or if aftercare instructions are not followed.
- Hyperpigmentation: In individuals with darker skin tones, there is a slight risk of temporary hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) at the treatment sites. This usually resolves over time.
- Scarring: Microneedling is generally considered safe and can even help improve the appearance of certain types of scars. However, improper technique or inadequate aftercare could potentially lead to scarring.
- Allergic Reactions: Some people may experience allergic reactions to topical products used during or after the procedure.
To minimize the risk of complications and ensure a safe and successful treatment, it’s essential to have the procedure performed by a qualified and experienced professional like Dr Anuja Garg. Following post-treatment instructions diligently and maintaining good skincare practices will also contribute to a positive outcome. You must contact your provider for guidance and evaluation if you experience any unusual or severe reactions after the treatment.
Can microneedling be combined with other treatments?
Yes, microneedling can be combined with other treatments, such as topical serums, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to enhance its effects and target specific skin concerns.
Is microneedling suitable for all skin types?
This procedure is generally safe for all skin types, but individuals with certain skin conditions or medical histories may not be suitable candidates. It’s essential to consult with a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician to determine if microneedling is right for you.
What is the typical depth of the treatment?
The typical depth of this treatment can vary depending on the specific skin concern being addressed and the type of device used. Generally, devices have adjustable needle depths, allowing the practitioner to customize the treatment based on individual needs and the area of the body being treated.
The typical needle depths for facial treatment can range from approximately 0.5 millimeters to 2.5 millimeters. Here’s a general guideline for depths based on specific skin concerns:
- Superficial (0.5mm – 1.0mm): This depth is commonly used for general skin rejuvenation, improving skin texture, and treating mild to moderate acne scars.
- Medium Depth (1.0mm – 1.5mm): This depth is often used for more significant acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
- Deep (1.5mm – 2.5mm): This depth is typically used for severe acne scarring, deep wrinkles, and stretch marks.
It’s important to note that treatment with longer needle depths (1.5mm or more) should only be performed by trained professionals, such as trained doctors as there is an increased risk of complications, and it may require local anesthesia or numbing creams to manage discomfort.
The optimal needle depth for an individual will depend on their skin type, specific skin concerns, and the level of intensity they can tolerate. A consultation with a qualified practitioner will help determine the most appropriate needle depth for your treatment. Also, proper aftercare is essential to support healing and maximize the procedure’s benefits.
How long do the results of microneedling last?
The results of this procedure are long-lasting, but they are not permanent. Maintenance treatments may be recommended every 6 to 12 months to sustain the benefits and continue skin improvement.
How are the Microneedling before and after photos?
Below are the before and after photos for various treatments, including face pigmentation, facial wrinkles, acne scars, hair loss, and stretch marks.
We at One Stop Aesthetics do Skin tightening and Rejuvenation using FDA-approved Rejuvapen NXT Micro-needling with or without PRP. Rejuvapen NXT is one of the many microneedling devices available for cosmetic procedures.
Here are some advantages of using Rejuvapen:
Patented ISO tips: Rejuvapen tips or cartridges have a protective layer between the pen and the tip, blocking cross-contamination across multiple patients.
Precise and Controlled Treatment: Rejuvapen is designed with adjustable needle depth settings, allowing the provider to customize the treatment based on the individual’s skin concerns and needs. This precision ensures that the treatment is tailored to target specific areas effectively.
Minimal Downtime: Rejuvapen’s fine needles create micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, promoting collagen production without causing extensive damage. As a result, the downtime is relatively short, with most individuals experiencing mild redness and swelling for a day or two.
Safe for All Skin Types: Rejuvapen is safe for all skin types, including individuals with darker skin tones, as it reduces the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation compared to certain laser treatments.
Versatility: Rejuvapen can be used on various body areas, including the face, neck, décolletage, and hands, effectively treating multiple skin concerns.
Natural Collagen Induction: The controlled micro-injuries created by Rejuvapen stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, leading to increased collagen and elastin production. This results in improved skin texture, reduced wrinkles, and overall skin rejuvenation.
Minimal Discomfort: Rejuvapen is designed to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Numbing creams can be applied before treatment to enhance comfort further.
Faster Treatment Sessions: The advanced technology of Rejuvapen allows for faster treatment sessions compared to other devices, reducing the overall time spent during the procedure.
Long-Lasting Results: With a series of treatments and proper maintenance, Rejuvapen can offer long-lasting results, improving the skin’s appearance over time.
As with any cosmetic procedure, the success and safety of this procedure with Rejuvapen depend on the skills and experience of the provider. It’s essential to seek treatment from a qualified and trained professional to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications.