Microneedling increases collagen and elastin production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pore size, decreases acne scars, evens out skin tone, improves skin texture, stimulates hair growth, and can diminish the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a hand needle pen. It creates tiny micro-wounds in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. These micro-wounds stimulate the derma’s healing response and supports reorganization of old collagen fibers and the creation of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries leading to the effect of skin tightening. The micro-wounds also allow for enhanced delivery of products such as hyaluronic acid, down to the vascularized dermis layer for increased penetration. The results are increased skin tightening, improved skin texture and reduced appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars.
How Many Treatments Are Required To See Good Results?
A single treatment will make a good change, but a series of 3-6 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, is ideal for optimal results. Results are maintained with a treatment every 6 months to 12 months.
How Much Healing Time Will I Need?
The majority of patients’ skin will be red and flushed for 12 to 24 hours. You will need to continue to use mineral makeup and sunscreen daily for the next 14 days. If you experience flaking of the skin, you can gently exfoliate with a wet washcloth to buff the dead skin away gently.
|What to Put on Skin After Microneedling|
|Phase||Days After Treatment||What Happens||Topical Products That Can Be Used|
|The Haemorrhage Phase||1 to 10 minutes after||Blood is clotting and inflammation occurs||Tepid water, hyaluronic acid|
|The Inflammatory Phase||1 to 4 days after||Microchannels begin to heal, harmful bacteria is destroyed, and collagen production begins||Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, toners, or moisturisers that have a base of green tea extract, kiwi oil, and linseed oil|
|The Proliferation & Fibroblastic Phase||4 to 14 days after||Collagen and growth factors are made whilst the skin heals further||Kiwi oil, linseed oil, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, copper peptides, azelaic acid, broad-spectrum sun protection, cleansers, and cleansing oil.|
Use Vitamin A and Vitamin C 7 days after.
|The Maturation Phase||14 days after and beyond||Cell structures to support the new collagen are formed||Use all of your usual cleansers, toners, acids, actives, serums, and moisturisers.|
How can I support my healing process?
If you wish to support your skin naturally, you can take vitamins A, C, and E, along with calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids. This will ensure optimal support from the inside out.
When To Expect Results
Although a fibroxnectin matrix forms after 5 days of injury, results may take time and are usually visible 3 months after treatment. New collagen continues to be laid down for approximately 3-6 months after microneedling. Skin tightening persisting for 5-7 years in the form of collagen III.
Contraindications for Microneedling:
Herpes labials or any other local infection such as warts
Moderate to severe chronic skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis
Clients on anticoagulant medications
Extreme keloids tendency
Clients on chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Treatable Conditions With Microneedling:
Mild to moderate acne scars
Fine lines and wrinkles (works great for around the mouth and crow’s feet, but also other areas)
Skin tone and texture, reduce pore size
Sun damaged skin