What is microneedling?
Microneedling, also called percutaneous collagen induction therapy, is performed using a handheld, drum- or pen-shaped device, electrically powered, with tiny needles that make precise, microscopic punctures in the skin. This initiates a natural healing response.
Is there a difference between microneedling, microchanneling, or collagen induction therapy?
They are all essentially the same thing. A sterile pin is used to create a tiny channel in the skin to induce a controlled injury that results in a wound healing cascade.
What skin conditions can be treated with microneedling?
- Fine lines
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Pigment issues
- Pore size
- Skin texture
What does microneedling feel like?
It doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t feel good either. The most common sensation during the procedure is a warm, scratching feeling as the tool is moved around the face. You may also notice some mild pain on the “bonier” areas of your face, such as your hairline, forehead, and jawline. Honestly, I think it feels like aggressive kitty cat kisses (licks).
Are there side effects of microneedling?
Immediately after microneedling, you can expect to have a flushed appearance. Your skin will also feel tight and tingly. Expect it to last a few hours or more.
What kind of aftercare is needed for microneedling?
It is important that you follow the directions from your esthetician. Usually, you will be directed to do nothing at all to your skin for the first 12-24 hours. During the first 72 hours, you will want to keep it simple. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser, use a hydrating, peptide, antioxidant, or antiaging serum, and hydrate/moisturize. A hydrating moisturizer is vital since your skin will feel drier than normal in the few days post-treatment. You may also use a cool compress if your skin feels hot. Do not apply sunscreen or foundation for the first 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Are there other facial services I can still get?
Yes! We recommend you continue your hydrating facials, oxygen facials, calming facials with dermaplaning, and LED.
Are there services I shouldn’t do either before or after microneedling?
In the 14 days leading up to your session until the 2 weeks post-treatment, you shouldn’t get a peel, radiofrequency, laser treatments, neurotoxin, or filler injections. You will also want to discontinue retinol and tretinoin-like products a minimum of 72 hours pre-treatment.
Are there contraindications to microneedling?
If you have diabetes, active herpes simplex in the area being treated, acne lesions, or any inflammatory skin condition, you are not a candidate for microneedling.
Can I get microneedling if I am pregnant or nursing?
Absolutely, but you will not be able to have a numbing agent applied to the treatment area.
Will I need more than 1 treatment?
For optimal results, treatments are recommended 4-6 weeks apart and in a series of 6-12.
Will I need to complete any paperwork before my appointment?
An initial client intake form, as well as a form specific to microneedling, is required.
How do I schedule an appointment?
- Use the widget on the schedule page, then choose AgeLess Facials
- Schedule directly on the booking website
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call (417) 886-5463