Most Commonly Asked Questions About Microneedling
Eradicating those pesky dark spots left after every acne breakout can be difficult, as is getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks. If you have any of these imperfections, you might have considered microneedling – a minimally invasive treatment that creates microscopic punctures in your skin, causing your body to create more collagen and elastin. Rolling a wheel of needles across your face may sound intimidating, but microneedling Santa Monica is not that bad and has several skin benefits. Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions about microneedling.
What happens during a microneedling session?
First, your dermatologist will completely clean your skin and apply topical numbing cream so you experience no pain; the numbing cream takes about 30 to 45 minutes to take effect. Once the lidocaine gel takes effect, your healthcare provider passes a microneedling pen back and forth all over your skin to create tiny wounds. You might feel warmth or a scratching sensation once the microneedling starts, but it should not be painful. After the procedure, your provider will apply the serum on your skin and may also use a mask to seal in everything.
Can microneedling be done on the body?
Yes. While microneedling is most commonly used to treat the skin on your face, this procedure can be done on any skin area that needs a collagen boost. For example, you can get microneedling done on your neck, chest, butt, or legs to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
What are the possible side effects of microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe treatment when performed by a board-certified dermatologist. But like any other procedure that involves creating a puncture in your skin, microneedling is associated with skin infection, bruising, and scarring. After the treatment, your skin will be red and swollen; these side effects are short-lived and often fade away within a few days. Placing an ice pack on the affected areas may help alleviate any irritation and discomfort caused by microneedling.
How do I care for my skin after microneedling?
Because microneedling leaves your skin sensitive, your dermatologist may advise using a broad-spectrum chemical-free sunscreen with at least SPF 30. You must also avoid retinol and acids, like salicylic and glycolic; these products will be too strong for your sensitive skin. A mild cleanser and hydrating serum will help keep your skin hydrated after micro-needling, but exfoliating can damage your skin.
How do at-home derma rollers measure up to in-office treatment?
At-home devices are designed to be gentle, so they have much shorter needles that do not penetrate the skin as deeply. These devices still work, but they do not offer the same results as going to your dermatologist. Therefore, if you want to transform your skin, consider getting microneedling done by your dermatologist. In-office treatments use slightly sharper needles and can be done with PRP, making them more effective.
Talk to your healthcare provider at Self Care LA about microneedling if you have acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or other skin concerns.