Microneedling is a procedure where a device that has multiple small needles is used to puncture holes at a controlled depth into the outer layers of the skin. The holes gently stimulate collagen formation during the healing period. Microneedling is often used to drive growth factors in the form of PRP or PRF to help with the healing and overall result. This is not a very aggressive treatment and is performed in the office after using a topical anesthetic. Most people notice an overall improvement in the quality and feel of the skin. This procedure is usually performed monthly over a 2-4 month period. It has the benefit of having very little down time and can be a great addition to a healthy skin care regimen.

What to Expect

  • Expect to feel like you had a sunburn after the treatment
  • Your treated area will be red and swollen with some pin point blood areas
  • The following 1-2 days the swelling will start to decrease and the skin will feel tight and may itch.  There will still be some redness and possible pin point blood areas
  • Around days 2-4 you will have the redness fade but may have some flaking or peeling of skin along with slight dryness
  • Days 4-7 the skin should recover back to normal

To Do After Microneedling

  • Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin
  • You may cleanse the skin with mild, soap free cleansers
  • Use non-active, non-comedogenic serums or moisturizers to keep the area hydrated and moist
  • Only wash face with water for the first 24hrs after treatment.  Do not rinse with water until next day if PRP was used

Avoid the following for at least 2 days after the treatment

  • Getting in the sun or tanning booths
  • Using sunscreen
  • Applying makeup to the area
  • Sweating or vigorous activity
  • Excessively hot showers or saunas
  • Swimming
  • Spray tans
  • Further skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, lasers, chemical peels, fillers or Botox/Dysport

Avoid the following for at least 4 days after treatment

  • alpha-hydroxyl-acids (including but not limited to) glycolic, lactic or malic acid
  • Beta-hydroxy-acids including salicylic acid
  • Retinoids (including but not limited to) tretinoin, retinol and retinaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone
  • Benzyol peroxide
  • High levels of Kojic acid
  • Alcohol (including but not limited to) isopropyl alcohol/de-natured alcohol/rubbing alcohol