We often believe that problematic skin is a concern during our youth, and then as we grow past those hormonal, acne-prone teenage years, it gradually disappears. But the reality is, skin issues can last throughout our lives and continue to impact how we look and feel. Thankfully, there are treatments today that can eliminate many of those common, stubborn skin problems. If you’re suffering from chronic skin conditions, read on to learn more about microneedling and whether it’s the right treatment for you.
What Is Microneedling?
This advanced treatment is highly efficient and effective at activating the natural collagen of your skin. Once activated, it helps to repair any damage rapidly while improving your overall tone and complexion. As a treatment that’s existed for more than 50 years, it has been fine-tuned to produce exceptional results in a minimal amount of time. Due to its efficacy and long-term results, it’s been one of the favourite go-to treatments among many A-list celebrities.
How Does It Work?
The body’s natural healing process is triggered by a specialized Derma Roller which uses tens of micro-fine needles to activate collagen and elastin. Also referred to as Collagen Induced Therapy, this method penetrates the dermis or second layer of skin to accelerate the body’s recovery time and regenerative process. With an influx of collagen-rich tissue and healthy proteins, the entire texture of the skin is elevated and improved almost immediately.
Who’s an Ideal Candidate?
Microneedling is a good match for those who have skin imperfections from sun damage such as rough and uneven texture, scars left behind from cystic acne, fine lines and wrinkles. Candidates must also be 18 years of age or older.
You should avoid microneedling if you suffer from skin disorders such as severe eczema, active acne, herpes or warts. Also, cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, in addition to patients with diabetes or on blood thinners, should consult with a doctor prior to having any treatments.
Will Microneedling Hurt?
Microneedling is minimally invasive and is considered a low pain treatment. However, this can differ depending on the levels of pain tolerance among different patients. To dull any sensitivity, a numbing cream is used before beginning the procedure.
Is There Downtime Involved?
Once the procedure is complete, the skin may appear red. But patients will be able to resume their day usually 24 hours after the treatment. We do recommend waiting until the following day to resume normal skincare routines.
What Should I Do Before and After My Treatment?
Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications, topical antibiotics or blood thinners for five to seven days before treatment. For those who take Accutane, we recommend against microneedling while you are on the medication and for 6 months following the completion of therapy.
Once the procedure is completed, it’s important to avoid exposure to the sun in order to prevent hyperpigmentation. Also, avoid using acidic facial products, exfoliants, retinol creams and salicylic acids. Using these after treatment could cause irritation. Your skin care specialist will go over all of the necessary details during your consultation.
How Can I Maintain Lasting Results?
Though not permanent, results from a microneedling treatment program with proper maintenance can last up to 10 years. Patients will differ when it comes to their specific needs, but three to six treatments that are four to six weeks apart are usually recommended for the best, long-lasting results.
To learn more about microneedling and whether it’s the right treatment for your skin, contact us at the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic to set up a consultation with one of our skin care specialists today.