common microneedling questions

A quick search on the internet or social media will showcase the vast variety of skincare procedures. When considering treatments at Front Range Dermatology, many people have questions about certain procedures, especially treatments that are popular and seem to be effective. Microneedling is a skin treatment that is quickly gaining popularity and can bring great results to a wide variety of people and skin conditions. However, many people still have questions. Here are five of the most common questions about microneedling. 

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a process of inserting hundreds of very fine needles all over the skin, which are typically the size of pinpricks and only go surface-level deep. Microneedling is often done with a small roller covered with tiny needles to get even pricks across the face or with a small pen-shaped tool with needles on the end for a more targeted treatment. By opening up the skin, microneedling promotes collagen development and new skin tissue and can create smoother, firmer skin. Microneedling has been around for decades but has gained popularity in recent years. Its main purpose is to rejuvenate the skin, and it can be used to improve a number of conditions, including acne scars, cellulite, and stretch marks.

Microneedling is commonly done on the face but can also be done on other skin areas. 

Is microneedling safe?

In general, microneedling is safe when done by a qualified dermatologist or esthetician. Although there are needles involved, it is a minimally invasive procedure and doesn’t require downtime. Microneedling is safe for people in overall good health, but it can be dangerous for women who are pregnant or people taking certain types of acne medicine. Too much microneedling can cause issues with the skin, so most experts recommend only getting a microneedling procedure once a month. There are DIY options available, but those should only be done if the product is approved by a dermatologist to make sure it is safe and the proper treatment for your skin condition. 

How fast does microneedling work?

For the first 24-48 hours after a treatment, most people experience redness and sensitivity. Some people may experience bruising or bleeding. Most people report seeing a fairly quick reaction to microneedling with their skin starting to improve soon after the procedure. After microneedling, most people notice their skin looks luminous and plump for a few weeks, with full results happening after about a month. With more procedures comes increasingly improved results and an increase in collagen and elastin in the skin for months after treatment. 

What skin treatments are best after microneedling?

Because microneedling involves needles and creates small pinpricks in the skin, it is best followed up with other skin treatments and products. On its own, microneedling is a temporary solution. To extend the results, use gentle products on your skin afterward, including gentle face creams, oils, and serums. To get personalized recommendations, talk to your dermatologist. 

What should I expect at a microneedling appointment?

Microneedling typically takes around one to two hours per treatment, but the exact time and cost depends on the size of the area being treated. In general, microneedling isn’t covered by insurance.

During a typical appointment, the dermatologist or esthetician will explain the procedure and examine your skin condition before applying a topical anesthetic to ease the pain. The doctor will then use the microneedling tool to work their way across the skin. After the procedure, the dermatologist or esthetician may apply a serum or calming treatment and give instructions for follow-up care and treatment. 

These five common questions about microneedling show the effectiveness of the procedure and how it can be used to treat numerous skin conditions. Microneedling is a skin procedure that can bring great results for many people. In order to get the most out of your treatment, it helps to understand the risks and benefits. Talk to your Front Range Dermatology specialist for personalized recommendations and to see if microneedling is the right treatment for you.

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