Does your skin need more of a boost than your favorite spa esthetician can give it? There are only so many spa products, and procedures practitioners can perform to treat your skin. Sometimes you need something a little more intense.
Before you jump to cosmetic surgery or a harsh chemical peel that will take months to heal, there is another non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that you should consider: micro-needling.
What is micro-needling?
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that encourages the skin to make more collagen. It can be used for the treatment of:
- Acne scars
- Age spots (sun spots)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Other types of scars
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Uneven skin tone
How does it work?
Your doctor will use a small pen-like instrument to make tiny pinpricks to your skin. These pinpricks slightly injure the skin, which then reacts by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new tissue will not only be more evenly toned and textured, but the collagen can help make the skin firmer too.
How do you prepare for the procedure?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare your skin for treatment. If, however, you are taking medications like ibuprofen, acne treatments, or topical retinoids, your doctor may recommend that you stop taking them before the procedure to reduce certain side effects.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure will be performed by a doctor or nurse practitioner in a medical office or wellness clinic. When you arrive at the office, your doctor will apply topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain.
During the procedure, the doctor will move a pen-like tool evenly across your skin to make small pricks under your skin. The pinpricks are so tiny that you probably won’t even be able to see them.
Your doctor will then apply a serum to calm the skin. The procedure itself will take about 30 minutes, but you should expect to be in the office for a minimum of two hours.
What should I expect post-procedure?
After micro-needling, your skin may be red or irritated. This may last a few days and can be camouflaged with make-up until the redness goes away. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so use sunscreen. The skin heals and rejuvenates quickly. You should see results within two weeks.
Are the risks and side effects minimal?
All cosmetic procedures come with risks and side effects. Minor skin irritation and redness are the most common side effects. Call your doctor if you experience more severe side effects like:
When to avoid micro-needling:
- If you are pregnant
- If you have certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
- If you have open wounds
- If you have recently had radiation therapy
- If you have or have had skin scars
Ready to smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles, dress down those scars, and even out your skin tone? Give us a call to make an appointment!