What is Micro Needling?
Micro Needling, also called Collagen Induction therapy (CIT), is not a new concept for achieving healthier, younger, tight skin.. However, the products, technology and techniques utilized today, makes it possible to achieve remarkable results. The procedure involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny sterile needles to induce the production of collagen. Collagen is a part of the connective tissue that in the skin helps in firmness, suppleness, elasticity and constant renewal of skin cells. The Micro Needling process boosts the absorption of any product that is placed on the skin up to several hours after the treatment is done. As the skin is renewed due to the CIT, there is a reduction to fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks.
Why should I get Micro Needling?
Look flawless 24/7
· Reduce the appearance of crows feet, fine lines, acne scars or stretch marks
· Simple, comfortable and effortless treatment
· Easy maintenance
Who should not get Micro Needling?Medical skin needling treatment is suitable for most skin types.
It is not suitable for patients who:
· Have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last 3 months.
· Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions to the skin.
· Have had radiation treatment within the last year.
· Have a current outbreak of herpes simplex (cold sores) or any other infection or chronic skin condition in the area to be treated.
· Have areas of the skin that are numb or lack sensation.
· Are pregnant or breast feeding.
· Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
Is any shaving involved?
No shaving in involved, our machines are very sophisticated, allowing us to maneuver without sacrificing efficiency.
Do you use a tattoo gun?
No, a digital machine designed for Micro Needling is used. Our machines have very precise needles that are placed deliberately to achieve the desired results.
Does Micro Needling hurt?
There is slight irritation. However, only the best and safest anesthetics are used, providing the most comfort possible. The comfort level depends on the individual. Most clients give the treatment a 2 on a scale of 1-10.
How long does it take to heal?
This varies from person to person. Recovery may take 24 hours or up to a few days; most people should however be able to return to normal activities the following day. Recovery time depends on the aggressiveness of the treatment, i.e. the length of needles used.
Can I shower, exercise, swim, or visit a spa after my procedure?
Do not exercise for 48 hours after treatment, no swimming (pool or sea) until your procedure site is healed. You can visit a spa, however, no hot tubs or services directly on or around the treatment area.
Can I go back to work after the procedure?
Yes you can, however, most people have it done when they have 24-48 hours with not much to do.
How long does the procedure take?The time needed depends on the size of the area to be treated. This information will be available when you book your appointment.
Can I have the procedure if I am using Retin A or other anti aging agents?
Retin A makes the skin replenish itself making it thinner and bleed easily. You should stop using Retin A 14 days prior to procedure if you’ve been taking it for less than a year. If you’ve been using Retin A for more than a year, stop taking Retin A 30 days prior to your procedure. You can go back to using Retin A after procedure has healed.
· OFF Accutane for 90 days
· Botox—3 weeks before and 3 weeks after
· Chemical peels—60 days before and 60 days after
How do I take care of my skin after Micro Needling?
· It is very important to follow your post care instructions.
· No double- dipping.
· Avoid using topical products that contain toxic ingredients. Micro Needling boost the absorption of any product applied on the treated area for up to several hours after treatment.
· Do not touch the procedure area unless washing or applying serums for the first 48 hours.
· Use tepid water to cleanse the face for the first 48 hours
· No swimming in chlorine or saltwater until your procedure site is healed
· No tanning for one week
· Not applying conventional make-up products to the skin for the first 12 hours following treatment, some mineral based make-up products are able to be applied
· Always wear a sun block (30 or stronger) when outdoors
What are the risks and potential complications from Micro Needling treatment?
Depending on the area of your face or body being treated and the type of device used, (i.e. needle length) the procedure is said to be well tolerated and in some cases virtually painless; feeling like a mild prickling sensation. Your practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic to your skin prior to treatment to reduce any pain and discomfort.
The skin will be pink or red in appearance for a couple of hours following micro needling treatment, much like a sunburn, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible, depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure, i.e. the length of needle used for the particular indication being treated and the number of times it is rolled across the treatment area. The skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This should normally resolve in 12 - 48 hours.
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed by the practitioner. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, a prescription anti viral regimen is advised.