Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know
Does the thought of needles running across your face make you cringe? We promise, it’s not as bad as it sounds! Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) treats fine lines, acne scars and improves the skin’s overall appearance. And, for most people, depending on the issues being treated, it is not especially uncomfortable.
The procedure uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. The micropen also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Think of Micro-Needling as comparable to aerating your lawn. You create tiny little holes in the skin to create better skin, just as you do for your lawn.
Micro-Needling Works on a Wide Variety of Skin Issues
Micro-Needling’s most common application is for resurfacing skin texture. The treatment also combats discoloration, enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines and crepey skin. Even if you don’t have any major skin issues, Micro-Needling can give you a beautiful, dewy appearance and glow.
Micro-Needling – Customize Your Treatment
Before your treatment, your esthetician should conduct an assessment of your skin. The needle depth applied depends on the particular skin issues being addressed.
If you have deep acne scars, the needle will need to go further down into the skin.
If your only skin issues are enlarged pores or pigmentation, then that requires less needle depth.
Your esthetician uses specific serums during the treatment to address individualized concerns.
Micro-Needling Should not be Super Painful
Micro-Needling may sound intimating, but it’s commonly described as awkward feeling due to the prickly sensation. Of course, there a couple factors that will determine your degree of discomfort.
The first factor is how deep the needles go into the skin. If you’re receiving a more superficial treatment, then there is nothing to worry about. The pain is mild to none.
Patients whose skin issues require more in-depth needling, often request a topical numbing anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
Most importantly, everyone has different pain tolerances. Be sure to talk to your esthetician to address your concerns.
Multiple Sessions are Highly Recommended
Similar to Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion, multiple sessions deliver the most dramatic and lasting results from your Micro-Needling treatment.
You will see an immediate glow with just one session. Visible changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several days and weeks. As your skin’s collagen production continues, it is common to see continued improvement in your skin’s appearance up to 6 months after the treatment.
Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.
Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars should receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals in order to see optimal results.
Prepare for a Little Downtime
Expect a bright redness to the skin immediately after your procedure. Your total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of passes your skincare professional performs.
On average, patients experience redness for 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
Pre-treatment Instructions for Micro-Needling
Follow these pre-treatment instructions to ensure you heal from the procedure as fast as possible.
Tell your technician, if you take a blood thinner, fish oil, aspirin or any other medication, and you have the tendency to bleed easily as a result.
Additionally, if under a physician’s care, and you need to discontinue your medication for a few days, always get approval from your physician prior to each Micro-Needling treatment.
Take Arnica Montana pre and post procedure to alleviate bruising and swelling (Customers can purchase this at health food stores. Follow the manufacturer’s directions). Take Arnica Montana 24 hours before treatment and continue for 3 days after treatment.
These are the basics to Micro-Needling procedures.
We recommend you only seek services from qualified professionals. Talk with Zona Med Spa’s Michele Hunter, RN, CANS, a master injector with 20 years of experience.