Microneedling involves using tiny, hair-thin, and sterilized needles to cause punctures in the upper layers of the skin. This process encourages new skin and collagen growth, which may be beneficial for a range of skin issues. If you are considering microneedling treatment at a Chicago med spa, you may want to know what to expect in the process. Here is a closer look.
What conditions can microneedling help with?
Microneedling is considered one of the most effective ways to target some of the most common skin imperfections. The treatment may help:
Reduce the appearance of acne scars
Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Even out skin tone
Encourage collagen production
Give your skin a more youthful glow and texture
In addition, microneedling may be helpful for stretch marks and even loose skin if you have lost a considerable amount of weight.
What is the microneedling treatment like?
The microneedling treatment is simple and relatively painless. The steps the clinician follows during treatment will go something like this:
Your face will be cleansed with a specially formulated cleansing solution
A topical numbing agent is applied and you will wait comfortably for the numbing agent to take effect
The clinician will use a sterile microneedle roller to gently roll over specific parts of the face
A special solution will be applied after treatment
How often can you have microneedling done?
The frequency of microneedling treatments will vary depending on your skin type and the conditions being targeted. Some people may be fine with treatment once a month, while others may be more suited with one microneedle appointment every three to six months. For example, someone with a lot of acne scarring may need a series of treatments monthly.
What should you avoid after the microneedling treatment?
After your treatment, the provider will go over what to avoid as your skin goes through the healing process. The first few days are all about being as gentle as possible on the skin.
For the most part, you can go on with your usual routine. However, you will need to avoid makeup for a few days; covering up the treated areas with makeup can cause pore blockage and even breakouts as the newly exposed skin heals. Also, it is best if you don't spend prolonged amounts of time in the sunlight.
Stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, and don't do any abrasive skin cleaning after your treatment. You may be directed to avoid:
Cleansers with exfoliating agents
Scented skin products
Retinol A and vitamin C products
Products that contain alcohol
What to expect during microneedling recovery?
You can expect that your skin will look a bit red and irritated immediately after the appointment at the Chicago med spa. For up to 24 hours or longer after the microneedling treatment, your skin may look and feel slightly sunburned, but the sensations and redness are generally minimal.
You may be given a soothing serum to apply to your skin periodically to help deter any discomfort and promote healing. Some people also experience a bit of swelling and peeling or areas of dry skin after microneedling, but this is not common even though it is not a side effect to worry about in the first few days.
After the first few days, most people are free to return to their usual skincare regimens. However, the healing of the underlying skin layers may still be in-progress for as much as a few months after your treatment.
Find Out More About Microneedling at a Chicago Med Spa
When done by a trained professional, microneedling can offer drastic improvements in skin appearance and texture. If you are interested in learning more about microneedling, reach out to us at Reflections Med Spa to learn more.