What is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves the use a pen-like tool containing many tiny microneedles. The microneedles are used to create tiny wounds beneath the skin to help with the transdermal delivery of hyaluronic acid which helps to heal the tissue, stimulate collagen production, and increase hydration. Microneedling is often used to improve common skin concerns such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots
- Acne marks
- Rough texture
- Stretch marks
What to Expect During Treatment with Microneedling
Before your microneedling treatment, your skin will be prepped and a numbing agent will be applied to maximize your comfort. Your aesthetician will then begin gliding the microneedling pen across the target areas of your face, creating tiny punctures in the skin.
After your treatment, a serum or cream may be applied to your skin to optimize results. A home care regimen will also be recommended in order to maintain your results.
Results and Recovery
Your skin might need some time to heal after your treatment with microneedling. Many patients experience mild redness and swelling, comparable to a sunburn. As you heal, your treatment area will go through several phases to produce healthier skin. Blood flow will increase in the area right away to begin the tissue production process. Next, the punctures are filled in with new collagen and elastin. Finally, stronger collagen takes its place, creating a structure and tightening the skin.
To experience the benefits of microneedling for yourself, contact Seattle Skin & Laser to schedule your appointment. Seattle Skin and Laser also treats patients from Mercer Island and the Issaquah area.
How long does microneedling last?
Microneedling can produce long-term results with a full package of treatments, although it’s recommended to undergo regular maintenance treatments to keep stimulating collagen as your skin ages. These are best performed yearly or bi-yearly.
How often should I do microneedling?
It’s recommended to wait around one month between treatment sessions to give your skin time to recover and benefit fully from the process. This can vary based on your unique skincare goals, so your dermatologist will give you the best idea of what to expect.
Are there any side effects of microneedling?
It’s normal to experience some redness and irritation after treatment, similar to a sunburn. This subsides within a day or two, however.
Does microneedling hurt?
There can be some discomfort associated with microneedling, so we can supply a topical numbing cream based on your individual tolerance.