Micro needling is a minimally invasive cosmetic dermatological procedure that boosts collagen and revitalizes the skin. It involves introducing thousands of microchannels into the skin with small, sterilized needles. This stimulates your body to activate its own natural wound healing mechanism stimulating the production of collagen and elastin which rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. Each treatment restores up to a year’s worth of lost collagen while also improving the overall appearance of your skin.
Avoid Accutane in the six months prior to beginning your treatment sessions.
Do not use topical agents that may increase the sensitivity of your skin such as retinoids, exfoliants, topical antibiotics or acids 5-7 days prior to your treatment.
Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil for at least 3 days prior to your micro needling session. These will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical for your skin rejuvenation.
Avoid IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure, or sunburn for at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure.
No waxing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis to the area being treated for 5-7 days prior.
Do not shave the day of the procedure to avoid skin irritation. If there’s dense hair present in the treatment area, shave the day before you arrive for your appointment.
If you’re prone to cold sores, take an antiviral agent for 3 days prior to and the day of the treatment.
Avoid blood thinning agents for one week prior because bruising is a common side effect of micro needling.
Day of procedure:
No lotions, makeup, sunscreen or other topical products on your face before your procedure. Notify your provider of any relevant changes in your medical history including all medications you are taking. Topical numbing will be applied for 20-30 minutes before your treatment. *If you are combining Micro-Needling with PRP, your blood will be drawn in office while you are numbing.
A sunburn-like effect is normal. No earlier than 4 hours post treatment, you may gently wash your face using hands only. On the next day, you may clean your face as usual and apply mineral based makeup with clean hands, lotions and other topical products as usual. Stay away from exfoliants or glycolic acids that are present in cleansers as these can make your skin very dry after the procedure. Avoid the sun! Avoid strenuous exercise that cause sweating, jacuzzi, sauna, or steam baths for 24 hours.
Within two (2) days following your Micro-Needling procedure, you will notice dryness and flaking. This is due to an increased turnover of skin cells. During this period, you may apply your regular skin moisturizer. Do not pick, scratch, or scrub the treated skin! If your medical professional used the needle device around the eyes, you may notice a little micro bruising that may exist for three or four days. This can easily be covered with makeup. Keep skin moisturized. Approved SPF 30 or higher should be used.
A week after the Micro-Needling procedure, most patients notice that their skin is smoother and more radiant. You may resume your regular skin care products including Retin-A once your skin is no longer irritated.
How to protect your results and reduce side effects.
Do not take NSAIDS such as Motrin or Advil for 1 week. Use Tylenol as needed for any soreness. Do not ice face, use Arnica or bromelain. These agents interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical for rejuvenation. Avoid prolonged sun exposure for 2 weeks, wear a hat and use a full spectrum sunscreen 30 SPF or higher. You should consider sleeping on your back with the head of the bed elevated to minimize swelling and pain. Results vary, but usually a course of 3-5 treatments are needed for optimal results. Of course, results may vary from patient to patient.
Contact us if:
If you notice any cuts, bruises, areas of ulceration, signs or symptoms of infection such as discharge or increasing redness and pain, or if you are distressed or worried about your result in any way.