Whether you’re frustrated by scars or acne pock marks, bothered that wrinkles are distracting from your natural beauty, or just upset by rough skin, micro needling may be the solution. Here are 5 important things to remember about a procedure that can transform your self-image for the better.
1. Micro Needling Uses the Body’s Own Healing Process
Micro needling uses the body’s natural healing process to help you get smoother, more supple skin. Our licensed esthetician or nurse carefully creates controlled punctures in the skin by a hand held pen like device called the Dermapen. By pricking your skin in a minimal way, micro needling prompts the body to make more collagen – a tissue that supports the external layers of your skin – thus improving its texture and firmness during the healing process.
Micro needling can help reduce wrinkles, especially around the eyes and lips, may reduce the appearance of scars, and may improve the appearance acne pock marks. It can even give your skin a fresh radiance that most beauty products can’t match.
2. It Can Be Used By a Wide Range of People
Many beauty care products and procedures aren’t designed for everyone. Often, people with sun tans or darker skin tones are neglected by skin care companies. Micro needling utilizes the natural healing process of the body which everyone shares, so all skin tones are welcome to enjoy smoother, more supple skin.
3. It’s Not Very Painful
While the prospect of being pricked with tiny needles can be intimidating for some, our licensed practitioners at the Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa take steps to make your micro needling experience as comfortable as possible. We apply a topical anesthetic cream to help numb your skin beforehand, and micro needling has few side effects. Some patients report light bleeding after the procedure and your skin may feel dry, raw, or puffy for a short period of time during the healing process. Most patients report this discomfort as being minimal and are able to continue their daily activities.
4. DIY Micro Needling Isn’t Recommended
Although DIY micro needling kits are available to the public, doctors strongly recommend that you consult with a licensed esthetician for the procedure. The DIY kits can have widely different needle sizes, including larger ones that can be much more painful and can increase the chances of infection.
Additionally, certain skin care products are not meant to be used in conjunction with micro needling, and it may not be obvious what those products are. Our experienced estheticians will be able to instruct you on which products might cause damage and when it will be safe to use them again.
5. Micro Needling Might Take More Than One Session
For more extensive scars, acne pocks, or to fully achieve the results you desire, you may need between 3 and 5 sessions of micro needling. It’s recommended that you allow a few weeks in between sessions in order to let the skin heal.
At the Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, our trained estheticians will consult with you personally to help you achieve your beauty goals and help you determine if micro needling is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about micro needling and to set up an appointment for a consultation.