This week, Dr. Devgan answers: What do you think of microneedling?
As you may know, microneedling is a medical procedure where we make thousands of controlled-depth needle punctures all over the surface of the skin. The benefits include collagen induction, reduction of wrinkles and acne scars, improvement in visible pores, and a slight tightening and toning of the skin. It also produces an overall more glowy and beautiful complexion.
Double the treatment, double the benefits
Microneedling can be done as a standalone treatment, but it can also be coupled with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to help boost the collagen and elastin production. It can also be done with laser and energy radiofrequency devices, like Infini RF and Profound RF, for additional skin tightening.
Is it right for you?
Most people are good candidates for microneedling. I don’t recommend it for patients who have active acne or who have a high risk of hyperpigmentation. Although it’s a very safe procedure, we always want to be really careful about who we tailor microneedling to.
What to expect
Microneedling involves about 10 – 20 minutes of numbing cream, followed by the procedure, which takes about 15 minutes. After the procedure, topical products and PRP are left on the skin for 4 hours before the face is washed — this is to allow for optimal absorption. I counsel patients to avoid makeup and sun exposure for 48 hours. Typically you can expect 1 – 2 days of mild redness, but nothing that will keep you home from work.
Finding the right provider
Any treatment that breaks the skin is deemed medical and must be at a minimum, supervised by a licensed physician. Who is actually qualified to perform microneedling varies state by state. It’s important to do your research and find a qualified professional.
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