Microneedling

Tulsa Cosmetic Surgery Micropigmentation 1What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as skin needling, or collagen induction therapy, dates back to 1995, but has gained significant attention in recent years. Microneedling is a professional procedure that’s performed in a board-certified doctor’s office only. For those looking to improve the look of scars, boost collagen, or improve stretch marks, microneedling can offer a minimally invasive solution.

Scarring on other body parts of the body may be treated with this procedure. However, this treatment is primarily used on the face. Microneedling isn’t like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal.

 

What does Microneedling treat?

  • Acne Scars
  • Other types of scars
  • Fine lines/Wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Large pores
  • Reduce skin elasticity
  • Used as an anti aging treatment

How does Microneedling work?

Microneedling is considered a “controlled injury” to the skin. This treatment works by encouraging your skin to create more collagen. The idea is that the pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by creating new collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth, and stretchy texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen as we age or from injury, such as acne scarring, or other scarring. It is important to realize that microneedling is not a quick fix, as it involves the growth of new skin. It can take several months for a person to see the full results of the procedure.

Am I a good candidate for Microneedling?

The ideal candidate for Microneedling is a patient that is in good physical health. You may not be a good candidate if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have open lesions on the treatment area
  • Have been on Accutane in the last 6 months
  • Have a history of Keloid scarring
  • Have certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Have had radiation therapy recently

 

How many treatments do I need?

Each patient is different from the next. The number of treatments will vary, depending on your skin concern and severity of your skin concern. Typically a session of 4-6 treatments will be suggested with 4-6 weeks between each treatment. Your physician will schedule a complimentary skin consultation for you to go over everything to expect during and after your treatment. During your skin consultation appointment your physician will also examine your skin and go over your medical history. They will determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. The amount of treatment sessions, and the time frame between each treatment, will be determined at that time. According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment, giving lasting results.

How can I prepare my skin for Microneedling?

To optimize your results, make sure to avoid harsh exfoliants, and any skin care products that have active ingredients in them. Discontinue products that contain ingredients such as: Salycylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Tretinoin. You want your skin to be in its most relaxed state when receiving a Microneedling treatment. Drink lots of water, and keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. This will aid for a speedy recovery!

 

What can I expect?

Before getting started, your skin will be cleansed of all makeup and impurities. Next, your physician will apply a topical numbing cream and leave it for about 15- 20 minutes. The numbing cream will then be removed and your skin will be cleansed for a second time and wiped down with alcohol. Your physician will ensure that your skin is thoroughly cleansed and prepared to receive your treatment. The actual process of microneedling takes about 30 minutes, although you can expect to be in the office for about 2 hours. Microneedling isn’t invasive like plastic surgery, so the recovery time is minimal. You may notice skin redness, and swelling for the first few days post treatment. There may also be tiny scab like marks from the needle pricks. This is a natural response to the small injuries to the skin, and to be expected. You can go back to school or work after your procedure, if you’re comfortable. We recommend not wearing any makeup on the treatment area, until fully healed, to avoid infection and acne breakouts. Your skin will be more sensitive, so sunscreen is a must. After Microneedling, your skin works around the clock to regenerate new tissue. You should start to see results after a couple of weeks, however significant will results will be seen after about the 3rd treatment.

 

What do I do after my treatment?

After your Microneedling treatment your skin is like a sponge, it will soak up whatever you put onto it. Make sure it is soaking up good products! In our office at Whitlock Cosmetic Center we care a couple Medical grade skin care lines and will be able to make professional recommendations to you. Once your treatment is completed, your physician will give you an Aftercare sheet to ensure you have all the information you need to take care of your skin. For the first few days post treatment, in the mornings you will use a gentle cleanser. In the evenings you will use a moisturizer and SPF any time you leave your home. SPF is a very important after care step that you do not want to skip! The sun’s rays can penetrate through your car windshield and any clothing. In the evenings you will use a gentle cleanser as well and moisturize. Any products containing active ingredients such as: Salycilic acid, Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, should be discontinued until your skin has healed for 1 week. Avoid aggressive exercising for the next 2-3 days. This should all be discussed during your skin consultation.

 

Are there any risks?

Like most procedures, Microneedling isn’t without risks. The most common side effects are skin redness, slight swelling, and scabbing. Call your doctor if you notice more serious side effects, such as:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Oozing

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