Want to know more about the microneedling process, its pros & cons, as well as the aftercare?
Women worldwide tend to go for this solution in order to fix any scars, wrinkles, or larger pores. If you have any of these, then you will find this article helpful!
So, What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is also called Collagen therapy.
It’s a procedure which is done by a certified dermatologist, or even a surgeon, at a professional clinic.
In this procedure, a qualified person will use small needles to prick your skin.
The point of the treatment is to generate new collagen production since it can create firm, smooth, clean, and toned skin.
Who Should Do The Procedure?
This is recommended for women above the age of 18, and those who have some unwanted and problematic areas, like:
– Acne scars
– Stretch marks
– Uneven skin tone
– Large pores
– Uneven skin texture
– Broken capillaries
The overall process is said to be great for its anti-aging qualities, leaving your skin looking younger and rejuvenated.
This, however, is not recommended for pregnant women, or those who are on some specific acne medications.
Also, if you have super sensitive skin, you should stay away from this step since you will experience redness and possible skin irritation after the treatment.
The Microneedling Process
Microneedling will take about 2 hours, and you’ll need to visit a dermatologist, as well as a plastic surgeon.
It can cost anywhere from $100 to $700 per one session, based on your countries standards and your doctor’s reputation.
The doctor will book your session and will apply a topical anaesthetic since it will reduce your pain level and any potential redness.
Then, he will use a pen-like obstacle which will make small pricks underneath your skin.
The whole ‘poking’ process takes less than 40 minutes, and it can be done every 4-6 weeks.
Risks and Side Effects
Besides minor irritations or redness, you can also expect to bleed or for your skin to peel. If these things do happen, you should contact your doctor. If not, make sure you are very careful, and follow all the rules regarding aftercare.
The Microneedling Aftercare Process
In order to completely heal and to achieve smooth, healthy, and glowy skin, you will have to follow some certain rules, such as:
Avoid The Sun
Stay out of the sun and don’t use any sunscreens on top of your face. During your healing process, you will have to stay inside until your pores and wounds heal. Some women even skip their job during the initial 5 day recovery process since they need more time to recover.
Avoid Skincare Products
Don’t use any products that have active ingredients such as retinol or alpha acids since these can irritate your skin even more. Only use products that your doctor has recommended, or your dermatologist.
Your skin needs to breathe for at least 24 hours after the treatment. This is because your channels are open, which means that anything will get stuck into your pores a lot easier and faster. Avoid any makeup application and give yourself enough time to heal since you don’t need any built-up bacteria.
Also, if you are someone who tans a lot, you should put this activity on hold and wait it out for 3-4 days.
You can use a cooling and hydrating face mask to give your skin a quick break. Also, this will help with any inflammation, just make sure you use a mild, and not a harsh mask.
Try Not To Sweat
Sweating will cause your pores to reopen, meaning that any bacteria will be able to enter the skin punctures. Don’t go to the gym, and try to do as little as possible of house chores in the first 3-4 days. Also, don’t take a bath for 1 day, and don’t go for long baths and showers during the first week of your recovery.
Drink as much water as you can and stay hydrated since this does help your skin to heal and rejuvenate a lot faster. Avoid caffeine or alcohol.
You shouldn’t wash your skin at all during the first 72 hours. After that, use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water, and make sure your hand motions are as gentle as possible. Also, you shouldn’t use any face brushes (goat or synthetic hair) for at least 7 days after the process.
You can use an antioxidant serum or any kind that your doctor had prescribed. Make sure you follow their instructions since these serums can reduce the irritation while helping your skin to heal.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of questions that arise of any procedure that involves needles. Here are some of the most common.
Q – How Long Will The Results Last?
A – Until your natural collagen production doesn’t slow back down. Once it does, you will have to go back and redo the process.
Q – How Many Treatments Do I Need In Order To See The Results?
A – Almost everyone can spot a difference after the first treatment. However, optimal number would be 3 visitations.
Q – What Does The Procedure Involve?
A – It starts off with a numbing cream, and then a collagen boosting product. The doctor will use a small pen which has 12 needles and he will make tiny wounds in your skin. After the process is done, they will use Hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin.
Q – Does It Hurt?
A – The most frequently asked question at any clinic is this one. Luckily, the treatment does not hurt as long as you’ve had enough of numbing cream, and as long as your doctor is experienced. You will experience a slight pinching sensation, but it will be tolerable.
Wrapping It Up
You’re now an expert on microneedling aftercare! So if you’re planning on undergoing the process you can do so with the confidence that you know everything you need to ensure maximum results and care for your skin properly afterwards.
Have you undergone microneedling? If so how did you find it? And do you have any extra advice for our readers about how to care for their skin during the aftercare process?
Let us know below. We’d love to hear from you.
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