What there is to know about Micro needling
The thought of getting twelve 32mm gauge needles, needled into your skin does not sound pleasant. But on the bright side, 32mm gauge needles are the smallest needles out there and they are considered a “nano” needle. We get it, even as Esthetician’s we were nervous to try this treatment for the first time. But knowing the benefits opened us up to trying, which we are grateful we did. Like most people, we are terrified of needles; but after getting this treatment now we can explain to clients how the treatment goes from their perspective and how the treatment is done from an esthetician’s perspective.
What is micro needling?
Micro needling is called the “collagen induction therapy.” Which is true, how it works is the needles penetrate at various lengths that your Esthetician will choose suiting your skin concerns. The needles penetrate the epidermis layer of your skin, keeping it intact making micro injuries into the dermis layer of your skin where lays the collagen and elastin. The needles poke the collagen stimulating it to produce new and healthier collagen and elastin in your skin giving you a more youthful appearance.
What skin concerns does micro needling benefit?
- All of Fitz Patrick skin types can receive micro needling, it is blind to color.
- It’s great for filling in mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles.
- Mild acne scarring.
- Mild surgical scars.
- Skin tone irregularities.
- Mending together stretch marks.
- Evening out skin tone.
- Improving skin texture.
- Minimizing enlarged pores.
- Maintaining beautiful skin.
What are contraindications of micro needling?
- Keloid scars
- Suspicious skin lesions in the area being treated such as, moles, warts or other pigmented suspicious lesions.
- Herpes Simplex must be pretreated with an antiviral.
- Active infection in treatment area
- Actinic Keratosis
- Pregnancy or lactating
- Inflamed or broken skin
Who performs the treatment?
The treatment is performed by a licensed Esthetician.
How long does the treatment take?
The Esthetician will start by addressing your skin concerns and what you are hoping to achieve with micro needling. Then, your Esthetician will cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing cream, 5% lidocane. After about 15 to 20 minutes the numbing cream will be removed and your skin will be cleansed again. Before starting the micro needling the Esthetician will apply a human growth factor serum to your skin. A human growth factor is something that our bodies naturally produces and chosen specifically to benefit your skin. The human growth factor gives the needles some slip to glide over your skin easily but is also needled in your skin to help give it an instant boost of hydration, plumpness, a tightening effect and also aid in healing of your skin. After treating the treatment area the Esthetician will apply more human growth factor serum to your skin and also sunscreen.
Is micro needling painful?
Thinking of needles poking your skin you’re probably thinking, ouch! No way.
- The topical numbing cream the Esthetician applied before we start the treatment will keep you numb throughout your entire treatment making it almost painless, but very tolerable.
- The pen also has a vibration effect, and it’s said “apply vibration to the skin first it takes the pain away.”
- The “spiciest” areas to be treated are the forehead and the lip area, we always treat those areas first knowing you are the numbest at the very beginning of your treatment.
How will my skin look after the treatment?
- Your skin may have erythema (redness), but the redness will reside within the next 24 hours.
- You will not be able to see any injuries to your skin; they are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye.
- Micro needling has very little downtime.
What do I do post treatment?
For the next 24 hours post treatment your skin is soaking in everything through the microscopic injuries we have caused to your skin.
- We recommend you stay away from occlusive creams and stick to serums.
- Be very compliant with your sunscreen so you are not reversing the work we have just done.
- Try to avoid makeup as best you can for the next 24 hours but if needed, wear mineral makeup.
- Your skin just received a manual exfoliation so it may feel dry and tight for the next couple of days. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and applying a serum when needed.
- Avoid working out and excessive heat for the next 24- 48 hours.
- All in all just be gentle with your skin, avoid harsh products, retinols, glycolic, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic, astringents, vitamin C and any form for manual exfoliation for 1 week after treatment.
How often should I get this treatment done?
If you loved you micro needling experience and are excited to see what results it has to offer you, we recommend you to get a series of 4 treatments, coming in every 4 to 6 weeks to get your optimal results.
Micro needling is quick, easy, cost effective and awesome to do in conjunction with other treatments such as, Botox, fillers and chemical peels to receive you ultimate goal of beautiful skin. Micro needling is one of our favorite treatments to perform, we love seeing the results and the look on a client’s face when they see the results making them feel more beautiful in their own skin.