People have been treating their faces for years. From basic spa facials to lasers, chemical peels and the many other options out there. One that has become popular over the last few years is Microneedling, often referred to as the vampire facial. Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury in order to rejuvenate skin.
I want to share with you more details on what microneedling is, what to expect, the benefits and risks of the procedure. Be sure to leave any questions in the comments below.
What is Microneedling used to treat?
Microneedling is used to treat and help improve several conditions. Things fine lines and wrinkles, pore size, skin texture and elasticity. Results from the procedure will help your skin look more plump, pink and luminous. For a few weeks your skin will look more radiant from the inflammation and superficial swelling.
Other conditions microneedling can be used for are scaring, brown spots, stretch marks, and pigment issues.
What to expect with a micro needling appointment
I have had this procedure done several times. With that said I will say it’s not completely painless. But it is tolerable, and the results are worth it. So here is what you can expect. First, you will decide whether you want to do the treatment with a hyaluronic acid (HA) serum, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells. I have only done them with HA serums and PRP. If you go with PRP, then expect to have your blood drawn before the procedure.
For the procedure a topical numbing cream is applied, then a penlike tool with tiny needles is used to create controlled trauma to the area being treated. These small micropunctures encourage our body to send elastin and collagen to the wounds to begin healing.
The new collagen that is created to fill and heal this area is what makes the skin look and feel tighter, brighter and more youthful. So this treatment is used to help prevent your body from slowing down on collagen products.
What are the risk?
Risks for this procedure are relatively low, as long as you are seeing an experience aesthetician. But you may experience bleeding, bruising, infections scarring and pigment issues.
A few important things to help ensure you don’t get an infection are to avoid touching your face as much as possible. Ensure that your hands are clean if you need to and make sure you have a clean pillow case, especially for that first night.
Also, I would advise against the at home derma rollers as well. If the needles aren’t inserted into the face at the proper angle, or are sharp enough you risk it dragging on your skin. This can cause smalls wounds, even scarring. We are often not as clean with these at home devices, so you have a higher risk for infection.
What to expect after your treatment
You can expect to be red for a few days. The amount of redness will depend upon how aggressive the treatment was. This will be planned based on what you and your provider discuss is best for your concerns. Other things you will feel once the numbness has worn off is raw and maybe some itchiness.
Recovery time is anywhere from 4-7 days. Redness for a few days, then you may experience some peeling, even some pigmentation coming up. But you will ultimately end with feeling tighter and brighter. Even experience a light from within glow.
Overall, microneedling is generally a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin. It may reduce wrinkles, diminish scarring, and tighten or rejuvenate loose or aging skin.
I’d love to hear what you’re thoughts are on micro needling. Is it something you have done before, or been thinking about? I’d love to hear your thoughts, or questions below.
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