Who Is a Candidate for Microneedling?
In the hands of a trained provider, microneedling is safe and effective for many different types of skin tones and types. Individuals with active skin infections or other skin diseases that could be exacerbated by punctures should avoid microneedling.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive, cost-effective way to revitalize imperfect and aging skin. The treatment can help with numerous skin conditions. Microneedling can improve the appearance of acne scars, pigmentation and fine lines.
Patients tolerate microneedling very well, as a treatment session can be performed in 30 minutes or less with minimal discomfort and downtime. Patients can generally resume their normal routine within 24 hours. Avoiding direct sun exposure for approximately 48 hours post treatment is advised.
Patients may continue to see improvement four to six months after a microneedling series as collagen remodeling occurs.
How Microneedling Works
Microneedling works by stimulating the skin to make more collagen. A needle-tipped device makes tiny, controlled punctures in the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body to produce more collagen in the affected area. In turn, the new collagen helps to minimize the appearance of scars, pigmentation and fine lines.
Microneedling can conveniently be performed in an office setting. Numbing cream can be prescribed and applied one hour prior to procedure. The skin is thoroughly cleansed prior to treatment. The micro-needle depth can be adjusted as needed to treat different skin types and conditions.
After a microneedling treatment session, we encourage patients to avoid applying sunscreen and makeup for approximately 24 hours. Gentle cleansers can be used at first, with patients resuming their regular skin care routines two to three days after treatment.
Patients should also avoid prolonged sun exposure for up to three days after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
Does microneedling hurt?
A topical numbing cream can be prescribed to minimize discomfort. Some patients have some sensitivity in areas like the forehead and upper lip area. Most describe the sensation of microneedling as similar to a piece of sandpaper being passed across the face.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Microneedling is most commonly performed on the face.
How long will microneedling results last?
The longevity of microneedling results varies by individual. Regular maintenance treatments periodically can prolong the results.
How many treatment sessions will I need to see results?
The number of treatment sessions required depends on the specific condition(s) being treated. Most patients will need three to six treatment sessions, spaced four weeks apart, in order to achieve best results.
How soon after microneedling treatment can I wear makeup?
Usually we recommend patients wait at least 24 hours after treatment before applying makeup.
Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center Staff
Grossmont Dermatology is committed to providing patients with excellent quality skin treatments to help them preserve their youth. They use the latest technologies and treatment modalities to provide patients with the most effective services suiting their individual needs. The team of professionals at the practice comprise:
- Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, FAAD – Specializes in general dermatology, mole and lesion removal, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and skin cancer treatments.
- Maki Christine Goskowicz, MD, FAAD – Expertise includes general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and skin cancer surgery and Botox treatments.
- Christopher Crosby, MD, PhD, FAAD - Specialist in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancers.
- Shinko Lin, MD – Specializes in general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and PDT.
- Sam Khalifian, MD – Specializes in adult and pediatric autoimmune connective tissue disease, skin cancer and melanoma treatments, hair loss disorders, and cosmetics.
- Helene Jolly, PA-C, MPAP – Performs cosmetic dermatology, acne and skin rash treatments, and mole removal among other tasks.