WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure for the skin. It is a motorized handheld device that pokes tiny, microscopic puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. It causes superficial injuries to the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin to induce an inflammatory response that results in resurfacing of the skin and increased production of collagen and elastin fibers. It is best for treatment of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles.

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WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

Patients with all skin types and tones.

WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS?

  • Pregnancy or lactating

  • Active acne/Open wounds (severe/inflammatory) that can’t be avoided

  • Autoimmune diseases or Communicable diseases

  • Accutane use within the last 6 months

  • Melanoma or lesions suspected of malignancy

  • Current or recent history of chemotherapy or radiation therapy

  • Allergies to Prilo/Lido/Tetracaine numbing creams

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?

  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment

  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved

  • Avoid direct, prolonged (more than 20 min) sun exposure, including tanning beds, sprays and lotions, etc; using SPF 30 or higher daily, for 4 weeks prior to treatment

  • Avoid actives that may cause skin irritation a few days before treatment

  • Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment

  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an antiviral prescription prior to treatment

WHAT ARE THE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS?

  • Do not wash your face or wear makeup for 24 hours

  • Apply Hyaluronic Acid and TNS topical AM and PM

  • Use a gentle cleanser.

  • Moisturize and hydrate.

  • Can start using sunscreen, make up, OTC Vit. C and E moisturizers after 2 days.

  • After 10 days, reinstill your regular skin care regimen- hydroquinone, retinoids, prescription strength Vit C and E moisturizers, pigment inhibitors etc.

  • For 2 weeks, avoid direct, prolonged sun exposure (more than 20 min). Your skin will be more susceptible to sunburn, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

  • Wear a minimum of SPF 30 daily and reapply every 2 hours.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT?

  • Numbing cream will be provided to ensure patient comfort.

  • During the treatment, you may feel pressure, pinching and tingling while the micro-sized needles penetrate the skin.

  • There will be multiple passes to complete the treatment which takes about 30 minutes.

  • Typically, there is no downtime after the treatment. Your skin will have moderate redness which will subside within a few hours and your skin may feel warm, like being in the sun, for a few hours. You can expect to return to your normal activities immediately following your treatment.