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Microneedling FAQs




What is Microneedling?

A minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that encourages collagen production by using tiny, sterilized needles to create small punctures in the surface of the skin, helping to smooth, firm and tone. The pinpricks from microneedling cause slight injury to the skin, and the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue.


What are the benefits?

-          Rejuvenates and plumps the skin with minimal discomfort and downtime.

-          Improves the appearance of scars, including acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.

-          Minimizes enlarged pores.

-          Improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation, or dark spots.

-          Improves uneven skin tone.

-          Improves skin elasticity.

-          Reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

-          Improves hair growth in people with alopecia.

-          less expensive than laser therapy and may be more effective for some people as the heat from laser treatments involves heat, which can affect skin pigmentation.

-          People with darker skin tones may prefer microneedling to laser therapy as research on the safety and effectiveness of laser treatments on patients with darker skin tones is still lacking.

 

Who performs the procedure?

Microneedling is widely used for its effectiveness by a variety of practitioners. Here at Longevity Lounge this service is performed by a Naturopathic Doctor so that you know you are in safe hands and will get the best possible results.


What tool do you use and why?

We use the SkinPen® Precision tool which is the #1 microneedling device. It is clinically tested, proven and is the very first FDA-cleared microneedling device, trusted by leading dermatologists, aestheticians, and other leading skincare professionals.


How does it work?

The SkinPen® works in three stages:


1.    Inflammation

SkinPen® microneedles penetrate the skin’s surface, triggering a natural immune response to disinfect, remove debris, increase blood flow, and activate the creation of new tissue.

2.    Proliferation

The micro-channels or tiny holes created by SkinPen are rebuilt with new granulation cells that include collagen proteins. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.

3.    Remodeling

New dermal tissues form, rich in collagen and elastin proteins. These proteins improve skin quality, visibly reducing facial acne scars and neck wrinkles, leaving skin more smooth, radiant, and younger looking with new, healthier skin continuing to grow, even months after treatment.

 

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment plans vary from person to person and results vary based on the severity of the skin concern, its location, and the treatment plan used but mild improvement in post-acne scarring can be seen after just two microneedling sessions. 4-6 sessions are usually recommended overall, and the skin will continue to see increased collagen production for 3-6 months after treatment.


Are there any Contraindications?

You may not be an ideal candidate for microneedling if you:

  • have certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. 

  • have open wounds or active acne.

  • have had recent radiation therapy

  • have taken Accutane in the last 6 months.

  • have a history of cold sores or herpes simplex virus.

 

Are there any side effects?

Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling carries some risks. A common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days.

Severe side effects are rare but include:

-          bleeding

-          bruising

-          infection

-          peeling

 

How do I Prepare for my Microneedling Appointment?

•       Avoid sun exposure/burns twenty-four (24) hours prior to treatment.

•       Discontinue use of retinoids twelve (12) hours prior to treatment.

•       You should not have an active breakout, active cold sores, or open lesions. If this occurs, your microneedling treatment should be rescheduled.

•       Allow at least (twelve) 12 hours after autoimmune therapies before having a microneedling treatment.

•       Wait six (6) months following isotretinoin (Accutane) use.

•       Skin types Fitzpatrick IV-VI, pigment may darken prior to lightning.

•       Wait at least:

o   Forty-eight (48) hours before or after Botox treatment to have a microneedling treatment.

o   One (1) week before or after any fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, etc.

o   One (1) month before or after laser treatments such as IPL, VBeam, etc. or chemical peels such as Vitalize, Rejuvenize, etc. or microdermabrasion treatments.

 


How should I care for my skin after my appointment?

 

•       Only use the Rescue Calming Complex and the Lift HA Serum for the next twenty-four (24) hours. Do not use any other skincare products (cleansers, moisturizers, or sunblock).

•       Days 2 through 4 post procedure – Use a gentle cleanser and a zinc oxide sunblock as well as continue using the Rescue Calming Complex and the Lift HA Serum.

•       Avoid exercise for three (3) days following the procedure.

•       No sun exposure for three (3) days.

•       Day 1 - Mild to moderate redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. No sunscreen or makeup.

•       Day 2 - Some persistent redness and swelling may be present. May apply sunscreen and makeup.

•       Day 3 - Most redness, bruising, and swelling is almost gone.

•       Day 4 - Return to normal appearance without makeup.

 

 

Are there any add-ons that can enhance my treatment and my results?

Absolutely! Try adding on PRP or Exosome treatment to further enhance your microneedling results. Learn more about PRP and Exosome therapy HERE.

 


CLICK HERE to book a consultation with our naturopathic doctor to determine which treatment is right for you.


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