What to Expect Before and After Microneedling Q&A
Microneedling has become a popular skincare treatment in recent years due to its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. It is important to take care of your skin before and after a microneedling treatment for optimal results. If you’re interested in microneedling and looking for an effective way to smooth out your skin and wrinkles, visit Dr. David Owers, MD, and his team at Ageless 3.0 for the proper consultation and treatment. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online.
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Remember, this is no ordinary facial, and it is important to consider some of your medical history before booking a session. From drug-related grace periods to your regular beauty routine, there are several products you may want to avoid in the weeks (or months) leading up to your microneedling appointment. For those who do, it’s important to change all habits and keep your skin as calm as possible before poking your pores.
The things you SHOULD NOT do before your microneedling appointment, however, include:
• Use any topical retinoids, acids, or exfoliants
• Use medications like Accutane, anti-inflammatory medications, and blood-thinning agents
• Enjoy the sun
• Get a laser treatment
• Hair removal
Microneedling is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves using a device with tiny needles to create small punctures in the skin. This process stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, improving the skin’s texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and even helping to fade acne scars. However, the healing process after microneedling can be complex and lengthy, with several distinct stages that are important to understand.
Microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, which trigger the body’s natural healing process. The body responds by producing new collagen and elastin fibers, which improve the skin’s texture and firmness. This treatment also allows for better absorption of skincare products, making them more effective. There are different types of microneedling devices, including derma rollers and pens, each with its own benefits. Derma rollers are more affordable and can be used at home, while pens are more precise and can be adjusted to different needle lengths for customized treatments. The benefits of microneedling include reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing acne scars, and improving overall skin texture.
Preparing for a microneedling treatment is essential for achieving optimal results. It is recommended to avoid using skincare products that contain retinol or exfoliating agents for at least a week before the treatment. The skin should be clean and free of makeup on the day of the treatment. After the treatment, it is essential to use gentle skincare products to avoid irritating the skin. A practitioner with experience and qualifications should perform the treatment to ensure safety and effectiveness. It is also recommended to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen after the treatment to protect the skin.
Aftercare is crucial for maximizing the benefits of microneedling. It is recommended to avoid using makeup or skincare products for at least 24 hours after the treatment to allow the skin to heal. The frequency of microneedling treatments depends on individual skin concerns, but it is generally recommended to have a treatment every 4-6 weeks. Additional skincare products can also maximize the benefits of microneedling. Vitamin C serum can help brighten the skin and improve collagen production, while hyaluronic acid can hydrate and plump the skin. These products can be used before and after the treatment to enhance the results.
The first stage of microneedling healing is inflammation, which begins immediately after the treatment. The skin becomes red, swollen, and tender, and may feel warm to the touch. This is a normal response to the tiny punctures made by the microneedling device, and it indicates that the body’s natural healing mechanisms are being activated. During this stage, the body sends white blood cells to the area to clean up any debris and stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and structure, and it is essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin.
The second stage of microneedling healing is proliferation, which usually starts on the third day after treatment. During this stage, the skin may still be slightly red, but the swelling and tenderness should have subsided. New blood vessels and collagen fibers are formed, and the skin’s elasticity and texture start to improve. This is also the stage where the skin may start to peel or flake, as the old, damaged skin cells are shed and replaced with new, healthy ones. It is important to keep the skin moisturized during this stage to prevent dryness and irritation.
The third stage of microneedling healing is remodeling, which can last for several weeks or even months after treatment. During this stage, collagen production continues, and the skin’s texture and appearance continue to improve. The skin may feel tighter and smoother, and fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars may start to fade. It is important to continue to take care of your skin during this stage by using sunscreen to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays and avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubs that could irritate the skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a device with tiny needles to create micro-injuries on the skin that stimulate collagen production and improve overall skin texture. Microneedling is available at Ageless 3.0. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Coquitlam BC, Vancouver BC, Anmore BC, Port Moody BC, Surrey BC, New Westminster BC, Meadows BC, Burnaby BC, and Belcarra BC.