Microneedling: What is it? Why should you get it?

Many people may find micro needling off putting just by the nature that it was the word “needle” in its title, but micro needling is actually a safe and, with numbing cream, pain-free procedure. It offers many benefits to individuals wanting to look younger, have a brighter, more glowing complexion, erase sun spots, correct uneven skin tone, heal scars, or reduce the size of pores. 


Here at Malibu Medical Group, we offer Microneedling in 60 minute appointments, and our patients have had fantastic results. 


What is micro needling?

Also known as Dermapen and Rejuvapen, micro needling is a procedure that induces the generation of new collagen. Collagen is “the main structural protein found in the skin.” Generating new collagen means the area of the skin that is treated will be firmer, smoother, and more toned. 


What happens during micro needling treatment?

Once your face has been cleansed of any makeup or oils, your doctor will then apply a numbing cream. This cream will then be absorbed into the skin, usually in about ten to fifteen minutes, and will make your procedure minimally uncomfortable. Your doctor will then administer a serum to wherever the micro needling pen, a tool made of several tiny needles, will be used. This serum will help your skin heal after the procedure. 


Your doctor will then move the micro needling pen across your face. This needling, which is minimally invasive, will encourage your skin to produce collagen and elastin-rich tissue.


This extra collagen and elastin will help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and also help reduce the size of large pores and heal scars. 


Once the procedure is complete, your doctor will then apply another layer of the serum and possibly a mask to help further encourage healing and recovery. 


The entire procedure usually takes about two hours while Emory University reports that the actual micro needling usually only takes about 30 minutes. 


Does micro needling hurt?

This is often the biggest concern with patients when considering a procedure like this one. The numbing cream will help limit any potential pain during the procedure. 


What will it look like after the procedure?

Immediately after the procedure and up to a few hours later, your skin will likely look like you’ve had a minor sunburn. It may be pink or red and feel sensitive. If you experience peeling, bleeding, or signs of infection, call your doctor immediately. 


Ideal results happen after multiple sessions, but you should see results within a couple of weeks after your first treatment.


What does the aftercare entail?

Your aftercare after micro needling will be relatively simple, and for most people, you will need not that much downtime. 


You will want to only use mild cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. You should also consider not applying any makeup at least for several hours. You should take care to avoid applying any skin products with retinol or salicylic acid or using any exfoliating products, as these can further irritate the skin. If you use a product and your skin feels more sensitive afterward, discontinue its use for at least a couple of days. 


In the days and weeks following your treatment, wear a sensitive skin-friendly sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.


Who should try micro needling?

Micro needling is an extremely effective procedure that is safe for all skin colors and types. If you have acne scars, micro needling can help heal even cystic acne scars, as long as you do not currently have a breakout. If you do, you will want to wait until that has cleared up before scheduling your first treatment. 


Do steer clear of getting this procedure, though, if you struggle with rosacea, as this can worsen that condition. Those with rosacea, eczema, or extremely sensitive skin may want to opt for a Restore facial or one of our HydraFacials instead.


If you are currently on blood thinners, are pregnant, or undergoing chemo therapy, you should also avoid this procedure. 


How often should I get it done?

If you are interested in getting micro needling done to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, you can get the procedure safely and comfortably every three to six months. If you are trying to heal intense acne scarring, you should opt to have a treatment once a month for several months in a row, or as your doctor advises. 


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