What is Microneedling and how long does it take to recover from Microneedling treatment?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to provide skin rejuvenation, improving the tone and texture of your skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and acne scarring. Microneedling uses a specialised microneedle roller device, for example the SkinPen, which contains lots of very small needles. These microneedling pens are rolled over the skin, creating very small punctures on the skin’s surface. Special radio frequency microneedling devices are also available, which use insulated needles to deliver high-intensity radio frequency energy to the treated area. This can enhance the skin rejuvenating effects of microneedling.
As the needles used during the procedure are so fine, microneedling is usually painless. Your doctor will probably apply a topical anaesthetic prior to starting your treatment just to ensure that you feel no discomfort at all.
When your skin begins to heal from these ‘micro injuries’, production of both collagen and elastin will increase. These naturally produced proteins have excellent anti-aging properties and help to make your skin firmer and tighter, giving you a more youthful looking appearance.
So how long will it take for your skin to recover from this treatment? Well, after your microneedling you may notice some slight inflammation and redness to the skin. Don’t worry, these effects are temporary and you should notice a significant reduction in them a few hours after your treatment..You may also notice some slight peeling of your skin as it starts to heal. These are all important parts of your body’s natural healing process and are a good sign that your microneedling treatment is working as expected.
Aftercare tips for microneedling and microneedling with PRP
You may be wondering if there is anything you can do after your procedure to ensure that you get the best results and that your skin heals promptly. Experts do recommend a number of aftercare tips, which apply whether you have microneedling alone or in combination with a PRP facial, these tips include:
- Avoid sun exposure for a few weeks after your treatment. When you do then venture back under the rays, make sure you apply a good quality SPF 30+ sunscreen
- Avoid the use of any skincare products which contain ‘active’ ingredients, as these may cause irritation to your sensitive, treated skin
- Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- You may use a painkiller, such as Tylenol, should you need to
- You may wish to moisturise using a hyaluronic acid-based cream as your skin is likely to feel quite dry after your microneedling
- Use a gentle cleanser and tepid water to keep your treated skin clean
- Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your treated skin to decrease the risk of any infection
Is it ok to wear makeup after microneedling?
It is probably best to wait for around 2 days after your treatment before you start to use your makeup again. This gives your skin time to breathe as it heals and ensures that it doesn’t become irritated from skincare products. Ensure that you discuss this carefully with your doctor, as you may be able to wear certain mineral-based makeup sooner.
You can still use your makeup on untreated areas of your face, so there is no need to avoid using your favourite lip gloss or mascara!
How long is your face red for after microneedling?
Don’t be alarmed when looking in the mirror after your microneedling facial treatment as your skin may remain slightly pink for around 48 hours. Using a good quality hyaluronic acid-based moisturiser can help to calm and hydrate the skin, reducing its redness.
Choosing to have your microneedling performed by a doctor in a MedSpa setting can help to minimise the adverse effects you may receive and ensure you get great results. With the advanced microneedling equipment available to them, doctors are able to choose the puncture depth most suited to a patient’s skin type and condition, something which is not achievable when carrying out the treatment at home.
Does microneedling help acne?
Microneedling can provide excellent results when used to treat post-acne scarring, particularly pitted scars. This is because it stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, reduces skin discoloration and increases collagen production, which can help to ‘plump out’ scar tissue. If you want visual proof of the excellent results that you can expect, then have a search online for some ‘microneedling before and after pictures’, we guarantee you will be impressed!
Is microneedling for acne scars permanent?
In order to see visible improvement in your acne scarring, you will need to have multiple microneedling treatments, spaced at intervals. Once you have achieved your desired results, you may require yearly maintenance treatments in order to maintain them. Your doctor will be able to discuss this in detail with you, based on their professional assessment of your skin type and condition.
How much is microneedling for scars and stretch marks and other skin conditions?
The cost of microneedling can vary greatly depending upon your choice of treatment location and practitioner. Most facial microneedling treatments will cost you around $400. If you wish to have microneedling in combination with PRP, you can expect to pay around $600. Given the excellent results that can be achieved from a minimally invasive treatment, with little downtime, then microneedling can certainly be considered worth the cost!
How long do microneedling results last?
Microneedling results are not permanent, but they are easily maintainable. You will probably need to have between 4 and 6 treatments to achieve your goals. After this it may only be necessary to have maintenance treatments every year, to keep hold of your youthful appearance.
How often should you have microneedling treatment?
Experts recommend that microneedling sessions are repeated every 4-6 weeks. This time frame allows your body to go through a complete cycle of healing, inflammation and collagenesis before subsequent treatments. Your doctor will be able to work out a personalised treatment plan for you based on your own needs.
If you are searching frantically for ‘microneedling near me’ and are located in the Boston Metro area or near Natick, Massachusetts, then look no further! Evolution MedSpa Boston’s Harvard-trained cosmetic specialists are experts at providing microneedling treatment. Given that everyone has a unique skin type and condition, It is important to ensure that you receive the best personalized treatment possible. Book an initial consultation at Evolution MedSpa Boston, either by giving them a call or booking online, and our friendly doctors can guide you seamlessly through the entire procedure and help you to discover the fantastic benefits of microneedling.