4 things everyone should know before trying microneedling
There are dozens of creams out there that promise to brighten your skin, heal your acne scars, and help you look years younger. You’ve probably tried almost every one of those creams though, but have you tried microneedling? This process may be exactly what you’re looking for. Before you try microneedling though, there are a few things you should know first.
First off, microneedling is a treatment wherein your dermatologist or a licensed nurse practitioner will create tiny punctures on your skin using these very small micro-fine needles. This will trigger the wound healing process in your body and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Basically, this means that your skin will rejuvenate, but what exactly should you know about the procedure itself?
For the most part, this procedure is painless. Your Orlando Microneedling Specialist will place numbing cream on your face for about a half an hour before the needles are used. So, the procedure doesn’t hurt, but you will feel pressure and sensitivity once you’re done. Afterward, you’ll receive a hydrating face mask to help you feel comfortable. You won’t feel any pain even hours later after the numbing wears off.
Before you get under the needles, know that this treatment will work for people trying to get rid of acne scars and those of you struggling with wrinkles. It doesn’t matter what the texture of your skin is — you’ll instantly notice the way your skin glows. You should notice an improvement in your acne as well.
Know that there are some side effects to this treatment, although there is no significant downtime. You won’t need to struggle with downtime or bleeding, but you will see some slight redness to the cheeks and the top of your forehead. This is completely normal, along with some itching. If you have sensitive skin, you’re more likely to experience itching, which you can fix with some anti-itch cream later.
You may also look a little bit bruised, and have pieces of dried blood on your face as well since most dermatologists recommend keeping the dried blood and plasma on your face until the next morning.
What to do after
After you’ve received your microneedling procedure, expect some swelling and redness in the next few days. You also should not wear makeup or do any rigorous exercise for at least 24 hours after you’ve had your procedure.
You may also notice a little bit of a breakout afterwards, which you will also notice with almost any procedure meant to help with acne. This should clear up, but do talk to your dermatologist should you notice any problems.
Microneedling can really change your skin in a very short amount of time. This sounds too good to be true, but it really does work, and with not too many side effects either. Keep these four things in mind before you try the procedure and remember to talk to your dermatologist if you have any questions.
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Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.