Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive procedure that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, acne scars and overall tone and texture. Microneedling is often done in conjunction with PRP.
How does it work?
Microneedling is a controlled mechanical injury that activates the skin’s repair process and stimulates collagen and elastin production. Microneedling is a procedure that consists of very fine sterile needles that repeatedly puncture the skin. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve desired results. Sessions should be done 4-6 weeks apart.
How long is the procedure?
This procedure takes about 60 minutes if a full face is being treated. Topical freezing is applied first for about 20 minutes to minimize discomfort.
Results do vary; however, when you leave the office, you will have some redness in the face and may have minor swelling. The redness will subside each day and typically takes 2-3 days to recover fully. Bruising on bony areas of the face, such as the nose, is not uncommon. The skin may continue to peel for up to a week.
Before Your Appointment
- Accutane use in the last six months is contraindicated with this treatment.
- Avoid active skin creams that can irritate the skin for 5-7 days before microneedling, including topicals such as AHA/BHA, retinol, acids, exfoliants etc.
- Anti-inflammatories such as Advil and ibuprofen should be avoided for two weeks before microneedling to avoid interfering with the healing process.
- IPL, laser, and sun exposure should be avoided for 7-14 days before microneedling.
- Waxing and shaving should be avoided 24-36 hours before Microneedling.
- Blood-thinning agents (Advil, aspirin, ibuprofen) and supplements such as Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements should be avoided for one week as well to lessen the chances of bruising.
- You are not a candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Post Procedure Care
- Anti-inflammatories such as Advil and ibuprofen should be avoided for one-week post-treatment to avoid interfering with the healing process.
- Keep the skin clean with mild cleansers for one-week post-treatment.
- Drink plenty of fluids and keep your skin well hydrated.
- Avoid active skin creams and topicals for one-week post-treatment, including AHA/BHA, retinol, acids, Vitamin C, chemical peels etc.
- Avoid tanning, direct sun, and make sure to always have sunscreen on post-procedure to avoid hyperpigmentation.