Non-surgical techniques really are a girl’s best friend. They’re non-invasive, they involve minimal recovery time, they’re super duper versatile, and they’re incredibly effective. One procedure that nails it across all these categories is microneedling.
This innovative treatment has gained immense popularity for its ability to rejuvenate the skin and address various dermatological concerns. In this microneedling appreciation post, we’ll explore the basics of microneedling: how it works, its benefits, and what to expect during the procedure and recovery.
So grab your pens and notebooks, kids. This is Microneedling 101.
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Intro to Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a device equipped with fine, sterile—you guessed it—needles. This may seem like a scary concept for those of us scared of needles. I for one get reminded of dreadful trips to my pediatrician for vaccinations. But I digress…
Microneedling needles are teeny-weeny little guys, hence the term “micro”. These small dudes create tiny injuries in the skin’s surface, prompting the body’s natural healing process and stimulating the production of our (frequently praised) collagen and elastin—essential components for maintaining skin elasticity and a youthful appearance.
Microneedling offers a wide range of benefits for the skin, making it a stellar treatment for those seeking rejuvenation:
Skin Elasticity: As alluded to earlier, collagen and elastin production help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling can, thus, result in firmer and smoother skin.
Texture and Scarring: The procedure can lead to improved skin texture and a reduction in the size of enlarged pores. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing the appearance of acne and other scars.
Hyperpigmentation Reduction: Microneedling can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as sunspots and melasma, by encouraging the production of new, healthier skin cells.
What is the Microneedling Process Like?
The mechanisms of microneedling are all fun and good, but what’s the process actually like? How does a microneedling appointment run?
Consultation: As is the case for all other procedures done at our clinic, we start with a consultation. Before the procedure, you’ll typically have a consultation with a licensed practitioner to discuss your skin concerns and assess whether microneedling is suitable for you.
Preparation: Once you’ve decided to proceed under the guidance of a professional you move into the prep stage. Your skin is thoroughly cleansed and a topical numbing cream is applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure, if desired.
Treatment: The microneedling device, which can come in a variety of modes, is gently passed over the treatment area. Your aesthetician will check in periodically to ensure that you’re doing okay.
Different Types of Microneedling Options
The essential goal of microneedling is the same, but the delivery of the message varies. Here are the different ways microneedling can be administered.
Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF): Morpheus8 is a prime example of this. Needles penetrate the skin and then the heat is delivered deep into the dermis which is amazing for skin tightening in particular. It can also be extremely effective for acne because the heat kills bacteria at the source. Really nice option also for acne scarring. It’s quite a profound option for skin remodeling, and even scarring.
Microneedling Facial with DP4 Technology: Our Microneedling Facial uses DP4, the ‘pen’ technology referenced earlier. It’s less invasive than Morpheus 8 and certainly comes with less downtime. Whereas with Morpheus8 you’ll just do three treatments, DP4 can be done more regularly and is awesome for overall skin rejuvenation. It’s great for active acne and does wonders for creating that glass skin look.
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Microneedling Beauty Booster: This treatment is fantastic for people with melasma and for those in need of hydration. This is a milder treatment and therefore not recommended for those with active acne, but as the name suggests, it’s perfect for a little boost.
Microneedling with PRP: You might have heard that PRP can also have a microneedling component. The platelet-rich plasma gets needled into the skin, albeit typically through just one needle. This is fantastic for skin rejuvenation through stem cell therapy.
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After Your Microneedling Treatment
After the procedure, your skin may appear slightly red or swollen, similar to a mild sunburn. This is a normal and temporary side effect. While the procedure is typically well-tolerated, some individuals may experience some discomfort, especially in more sensitive areas. The topical numbing cream often helps minimize this sensation but if it persists, or if you’re simply interested in ‘nursing your wounds,’ there are plenty of options available.
To target the mild burning sensation that may arise, a cold compress can work wonders. The coolness can also help with swelling and redness. If that’s not effective, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, will alleviate the pain or puffiness.
Skincare is another important consideration here. For the first 24hrs, you want to avoid ingredients that might irritate your already sensitive skin. You’ll be advised to use a gentle cleanser, and apply a soothing and hydrating moisturizer to provide relief. Your provider will give you more precise instructions, but some of these treatments require you to stop using active skincare ingredients like retinoids and strong acids for five days or more post-treatment.
Miracle 10’s Soothe is a cool and comprehensive product for post-microneedling care. Its Northern Truffle extract reduces puffiness and has an impressive pain relief function as a neurobalm. Who knew mushrooms were good for more than just cooking? Soothe can also offer a host of other perks like hydration and anti-aging effects.
Overall, it’s essential to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner, which may include avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen to protect your skin during the healing process.
Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure that can help you achieve smoother, firmer, and blemish-free skin. It’s essential to consult with a licensed practitioner to determine whether microneedling is right for you and to receive personalized advice on treatment plans and expected outcomes.
The advantages of microneedling are plenty—like the homework assigned throughout school. But unlike the less favoured textbook questions we had to complete, Microneedling is becoming a fan favourite for patients everywhere.