Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. You might also hear it called collagen induction therapy.
How long does it take?
Each session takes approximately 1 hour. Sessions include consultation, filling-out medical history paperwork, numbing, and micro needling facial procedure.
How long does it take to heal?
Recovery is minimal, though people with sensitive skin should be careful when applying moisturizers and serums. After the treatment, your skin will be inflamed and more sensitive than usual.
How many treatments of microneedling do you need?
Microneedling typically requires about nine months of treatment. During this time, you'll need three to six treatments spaced out every four to six weeks to see full results. The exact number of treatments and the time between them will vary by skin type, location, and skin concern.
Are routine maintenance sessions necessary?
Maintenance sessions should be done monthly.
Can I have my microneedling maintenance session sooner than 4 weeks?
Maintenance sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microneedling session as skin needs time to fully heal & rejuvenate itself.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches, to not feeling anything at all. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling sensitive, similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Your results will last anywhere from 6-12 months, and many patients schedule follow-up treatments as recommended by their practitioner to maintain their results. Taking good care of your skin through a conscientious at-home beauty routine can help preserve your results. Your practitioner will suggest products to maintain your micro needling investment.
What can I expect from the procedure?
During the treatment, a specially designed cosmetic stylus is used to direct a fleet of a dozen sterile needles as they brush against the pores, creating micro-injuries that stimulate the body to heal itself. Prior to the procedure, a soothing gel is used to minimize abrasion and lubricate the stylus. As the pen glides across the skin, patients may experience a sandpaper-like sensation, but this is no more irritating than a typical over-the-counter apricot scrub, for instance. Microneedling is often enhanced through the use of skin-renewal serums such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma), hyaluronic acid, collagen masks, kojic acid and growth factor gels. The entire procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes, and results can continue to impress for up to one year.
How should I prep for my appointment?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
Avoid retenoids / products containing retenol
Avoid tanning so you don't get sunburn.
Let your practitioner know of any medical conditions or medications you may be taking that may affect your service.
No chemical peels at least three (3) weeks prior.
Arrive to your appointment with a clean fresh face (make-up free).
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
Gently wash micro needled area with cleanser recommended by your practitioner daily.
Do not use any products on the face other than what recommended by your practitioner for at least 48 hours.
Do not put makeup on for at least 48 hours.
Microneedled area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and may start to lightly peel.
Do not go swimming or into saunas for at least 3 days.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 7 days after.
No sun exposure for at least 3-7 days. SPF 30 recommended daily!
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
You may not be an ideal candidate for microneedling if you:
have open wounds
have active / cystic acne
have had radiation therapy recently
have a history of skin scars
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow practitioners make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *
Risks and complications?
We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications . Although reactions to the products are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals.
Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling isn’t without risk. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure. You may also see redness for a few days. Call your doctor if you notice more severe side effects, such as:
Your skin may feel raw and itchy for a few hours after the treatment. This occurs as a result of the swelling in the open pores of the skin. The pores close within 90 minutes of the treatment, significantly reducing the swelling and itchiness on the face. Your skin should go back to normal within 12 to 48 hours after the procedure.
Your practitioner will provide you with a comprehensive skin care regimen at our office, which you need to follow post-treatment. Carefully following this skincare plan will help your skin heal faster and will allow you to regain your beautiful and youthful appearance.