The appearance of your skin affects how you feel about yourself and determines people’s perception of you most of the time. Smooth, flawless, and younger-looking skin is a significant boost to your self-esteem and image, while imperfections such as fine lines, large pores, stretch marks, and skin laxity may reduce your self-confidence. Most of these skin issues develop as you advance in age, a natural process that you cannot evade. Fortunately, with the help of your specialist at Midtown West aesthetic medical spa, you can regain your youthful features such as flawless skin using cosmetic procedures like microneedling.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling or collagen induction therapy is a cosmetic procedure involving using a hand-held object with tiny needles to prick the skin, causing minor injuries and stimulating the production of more collagen and elastin. It is a cheaper alternative to other processes like laser treatment and is a process that you can do yourself at home. Although you can perform the process at home, dermatologists advise against this because of the increased chances of infection and undesirable results. It is best to work with certified personnel who is experienced to obtain the desired results after microneedling,
How do I prepare for microneedling?
To prepare for microneedling, you need to consult with your doctor to ensure that you are a good candidate for the process. While microneedling is usually a safe process, initial preparation is necessary to ensure the procedure is safe, comfortable, and obtains your desired outcome. For example, people with severe skin sagging may not benefit from the process, as it best works for those with mild to moderate skin laxity. After ensuring you are suitable for microneedling, your doctor may send you home with post-procedure instructions that include:
- Discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen, aspirin to prevent excessive bleeding during treatment.
- Avoid using retinol, vitamin A creams, and topical medications at least a week before microneedling.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure and do not take alcohol as it has blood-thinning effects.
Risks associated with microneedling
With microneedling, the chances of complications are rare. However, patients experience temporary side effects that include:
- Herpes simplex outbreak
- Skin and tissue necrosis
What to expect during treatment?
Getting rid of make-up or face lotion is the first process before microneedling. Before the procedure, your dermatologist will apply numbing cream to your face to minimize any pain during the process. Using a hand-held rolling tool with a tiny sharp needle, your specialist moves the device around your face. When combined with platelet-rich plasma therapy, the doctor will obtain your blood sample and use it during the process. Plasma therapy promotes faster recovery and desirable results. Most patients report a stinging sensation during the procedure, especially in areas of bony prominence like around the eyes. The tiny cuts result in slight bleeding, sensitivity, and swelling, which diminish after 24 hours. Your skin may also feel tight and dry after microneedling.
To obtain glossy, younger-looking skin, book an appointment with your specialist at The Wellpath by Dr. Jame` Heskett.