What is Micro Needling and How Does it Work?
Micro Needling is a treatment for fine lines, acne scars, pigmentation (brown spots), and can improve the skin’s overall appearance. During the treatment, tiny needles are used to create micro injuries to the skin. This will stimulate the skin to produce collagen and elastin. Micro Needling creates tiny micro channels that allow topical treatments (serums, gels and creams) to be absorbed into the skin. The results will be improvement of the skin’s overall appearance.
What Skin Problems Will Micro Needling Improve?
Micro Needling can be performed on all skin types and all skin colors, and can be used on sensitive areas that may be difficult to treat with other procedures. Micro Needling can be used on the face, around the eyes, neck, décolletage, and back of the hands.
- Mild to moderate acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pigmentation and discoloration
- Skin texture and tone
- Reduction in pore size
Treatment is usually recommended as a series of 3 to 6 procedures (depending on your skin condition) approximately 3 or 4 weeks apart. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes
Why Are Multiple Treatments Necessary?
Micro Needling can be repeated every four to six weeks, and the number of treatments required will depend on overall response to the treatments. Most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients see results after the first treatment. For acne scar reduction four to six treatments may be recommended.
What Does a Micro Needling Treatment Feel Like?
The skin may be pre-treated with Hyaluronic Acid or a Vitamin C serum. The skin is cleaned and a numbing gel may be applied. The small handheld Micro Needling device is used to pierce the skin and a soothing topical may be applied to hydrate and protect the skin.
Before Your Micro Needling Treatment
Pre-treating the skin with Hyaluronic Acid will prepare the skin for Micro Needling. If you have recently been in the sun tanning bed or used any self tanners you will need to wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before having Micro Needling treatments.
A commitment to stay out of the sun during the treatment process is necessary because treating tanned skin increases the possibility of unwanted side effects such as pigment (color) changes. If you are planning a holiday in the sun we can help you plan your treatments around your holiday.
After Your Micro Needling Treatment
Immediately after treatment you may notice a mild redness, and mild swelling. For 24 to 48 hours there may be minimal pin point bleeding or bruising. Within one to two weeks, the skin will appear smoother. The skin will continue to improve and the full benefits will be noticeable several months later.
For two to three days, avoid using retinol, glycolic acid or other acidic skin care/treatments. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the skin and avoid exposing it to additional heat or friction such as hot showers, baths, steam rooms, saunas and hairdryers. Avoid planning heavy exercise for up to 2 days after treatment, to prevent the skin from sweating and causing undue redness.
Use of a high factor sunblock (SPF 30) after treatment is recommended with consistent use of at least an SPF 15 sunscreen product. Mineral make-up can be carefully applied providing the skin is not sensitive. Mineral make up can also serve to protect the skin from sun exposure
Your consultation visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. If you want more information on Micro Needling or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sikorski, contact her practice in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area at (949) 448-0487.