Cosmetic treatments are becoming increasingly popular, and microneedling is no exception. However, it is natural to feel a small amount of apprehension when you decide to go ahead with one of these treatments. Knowing all about the procedure in advance, however, may help ease your anxiety a little. Our top Microneedling specialist in Natick answers the top 8 questions that most people have about the procedure.
What exactly does micro needling treatment involve?
Microneedling, as the name suggests, involves using tiny, tiny, needles to manipulate your skin. These needles actually come attached to a device called a ‘dermaroller’, which is rolled across the surface of your skin. With each ‘roll’, several micro needles pierce your skin successively. While this sounds painful, it isn’t, really! The needles are really tiny, ranging from 0.3mm to 1.5mm. You will also receive a layer of anesthetic cream that seeps into your skin and numbs it prior to the procedure, so you will not feel a thing.
Does microneedling really work? How?
Yes, microneedling treatment really works! Several clinical studies have shown that microneedling can significantly improve skin texture, and cause scars and blemishes to fade away. But how does this happen? The needles actually create tiny ‘micro injuries’ in your skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. The injured facial skin repairs itself by beginning to lay down collagen and elastin, two essential skin proteins. The net result is that the skin is resurfaced, and the scars and fine lines fill out.
What skin conditions can microneedling treat?
Micro needling is mostly recommended for acne scars, particularly ice pick scars and boxcar scars. However, it is also effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and stretch marks. Sometimes, microneedling is performed along with a PRP (platelet rich plasma) facial. PRP is a rich concentrate of growth factors harvested from your own blood, and it can boost the healing processes and promote overall skin rejuvenation.
What age do I need to be to undergo microneedling?
Patients of any age can undergo microneedling. Younger patients may choose to undergo microneedling to get rid of acne scars, whereas for older clients, it is generally used as an anti-ageing treatment, the skin concern, and not your age, should ideally guide your course of treatment.
How much does a microneedling session cost?
The cost of microneedling can vary with each clinic, depending on the level of expertise you are getting and any additional treatment. At Evolution MedSpa, for instance, a single microneedling session will cost around $399. If you combine this with a PRP facial, the total cost would be around $799. You may need between two to six sessions to achieve optimal results, depending on the skin condition you have, and the treatment goals you have in mind.
Are there any side effects of microneedling treatment?
Microneedling does not have any major side effects. However, your skin may look red and swollen after the procedure, and will feel a bit raw. You may even notice some bleeding points after the procedure, but these are normal, and the bleeding will stop fairly quickly. It is also extra sensitive for a few days after the procedure, and you will have to be extra careful about your skin care routine. You will need to keep your skin well moisturized, and avoid direct sunlight for a few days following the procedure. If you use anti-aging creams or lotions, it is best to check with your esthetic medicine specialist about when you can start using them again.
Are there any reasons to avoid Microneedling treatment?
Patients with certain medical conditions should absolutely avoid microneedling treatment. These include any bleeding or clotting disorders, diabetes, or any collagen and vascular diseases. You should also avoid microneedling if you have a history of developing keloids, hypertrophic scars or moles. Your esthetic physician may want to defer treatment if you have active acne; however, you can get this done once your acne clears up.
I’ve read about at-home derma rollers. Aren’t these the same?
Technically, dermarollers that are meant for home use wrk on the same principles as the ones used in a MedSpa. But are they really the same? The answer is no. Dermarollers meant for home use rarely have needles larger than 0.3mm – larger needles are not permitted according to federal regulations. Smaller needles cannot penetrate too deeply into the skin, so they are not as effective as the ones used in a medical spa. The bottom line is – if you are just looking to improve overall skin tone, these devices may work; they won’t, however, help with scars and wrinkles.
More questions? Visit our experts at the Evolution MedSpa in Natick!
If you live in the Natick area, go ahead and schedule a consultation with our microneedling specialists! You can ask more questions about microneedling, find out if it is the best procedure for you, and even explore suitable alternatives. Our Harvard trained, board-certified esthetic medicine specialists: Dr. Eric Cappiello or Dr. Mary Cappiello will discuss your skin concerns and treatment goals with you, and help you work out a treatment plan that best suits your skin needs and treatment goals.
To schedule a comprehensive consultation with our cosmetic specialists, you can call 617-915-2055, or fill out this form online!