Wholesome Aesthetics

Microneedling

Kick start your skin’s healing power

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure used to promote growth of collagen and support the body’s production of newer, more youthful skin. It also helps to provide a thorough exfoliation of the skin, allowing you to more easily release the dead cells that can dull and age the face and neck. 

 

What is the expected down time?

Most of our patients prefer to have this procedure done on a day when they can hunker down and stay inside. The skin will often be reddish pink anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Because we recommend no makeup be applied to the skin until the next day, this is a great time for laundry, house cleaning or curling up with a good book!

What can I expect after my treatment?

Below is a list of reactions that are common and expected after a treatment. Most of these will subside within 12-24 hours.

• Redness and irritation
• Dryness
• Crusting or flaking
• Warmth similar to a mild sunburn
• Pinpoint bleeding
• Mild swelling
• Mild discomfort or bruising

If you have any of these issues that seem abnormal or continue beyond 24 hours we recommend you contact us.

What are other things I can do to maximize my results from my treatment?

Anything you can do to optimize your overall health is going to optimize your skin. We recommend plenty of vitamin C since it contributes to the production of collagen. Plenty of fruits and vegetables will provide greater nutrients needed for healing. It is imperative that you are getting enough sleep since this is when the body does most of its repairing. Another factor very important in the turnover of healthy tissues is keeping insulin levels at a healthy level by decreasing sugar and unhealthy carbs (this is a complicated topic best discussed elsewhere). We have also found it helpful to consider taking a collagen supplement.

To perform this procedure, our highly qualified esthetician will first provide numbing cream to the face for 20-30 minutes. A pen with several fine oscillating needles is then gently passed over the skin. This creates microtrauma that triggers the body to release growth factors and engage the healing process, thereby increasing skin turnover and collagen production. Collagen and elastin are substances in skin that contribute to resilience and elasticity. They naturally decrease as we get older, and this decrease makes us more prone to wrinkles, sagging, and dullness. Regular microneedling treatments, especially in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, are powerful in combating the aging process.

 

What are the skin problems that respond best to microneedling and what parts of the body can be treated?

Any part of your body can be treated with microneedling for sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, skin texture abnormalities, hair loss, and even stretch marks. It can be used with all ages and all skin colors.

What is the cost?

There is a wide range of cost depending on your location, the area needing treatment, and the quality of microneedling. The deeper, more effective treatments should only be done at an appropriate facility and under the supervision of a qualified health care professional. Usual costs are $100-$600 per session.

How many treatments does it take for best results?

Many people will see a difference after only one treatment, but because our bodies are constantly aging and decreasing collagen production it is often recommended that you start with a package of 3 (in one month intervals) and then make it a regular part of your beauty regimen with treatments every few months.

Are there times when microneedling is NOT recommended for skin resurfacing?

Unfortunately, yes. There are a few groups of people who should never have microneedling done and a few others who can have it done but need to use caution:

People who should not have microneedling procedures:

• History of keloid scarring.
• Health conditions that cause poor wound healing.
• Bleeding disorders such as hemophelia.

People who need further evaluation before microneedling and should consult with a physician first:

• Active shingles or cold sores.
• Anticoagulant therapy.
• Problems with platelets.
• Facial surgery 6 months.
• Recent laser procedures (including hair removal, treatment for pigment, and skin resurfacing).
• Corticosteroids.
• Diabetes.

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