What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment available at Santa Fe Skin Institute.
After applying a numbing cream for comfort, your provider uses a microneedling device to create many tiny punctures on your skin's surface at even intervals.
The micro-injuries from the device cause your skin to act as though it's injured and heal itself accordingly. Consequently, new collagen begins to form, which makes your skin smoother and firmer.
Collagen can also make your skin appear healthier. You lose it as you age, which leads to many of the age-related concerns you may see on your skin's surface. This is why microneedling is sometimes called collagen induction therapy.
You can get microneedling on any area of skin that lacks structure or smoothness, including your face, neck, chest, hands, or back.
Your Santa Fe Skin Institute provider may recommend radiofrequency (RF) microneedling treatments to enhance your treatment results. The team offers Scarlet SRF microneedling and Agnes RF microneedling procedures.
What results can I expect from microneedling?
Microneedling treatments target and improve a wide range of undesirable skin features that don't respond to home care and products. The team at Santa Fe Skin Institute might suggest microneedling if you're concerned about:
Small injury scars
After treatment, you may note that your skin feels tighter and looks brighter than before. You might need several microneedling sessions to achieve the results you want to see.
How should I prepare for microneedling?
To improve your chances of getting the best possible results from your microneedling treatment, the team at Santa Fe Skin Institute might recommend taking steps to prepare your skin beforehand.
If you use retinoids, your provider may instruct you to stop taking them for some time before treatment. They might also suggest replacing harsh products in your skin care routine with gentle alternatives to ensure your skin remains clear and calm beforehand.
Furthermore, you should stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin, and other drugs that make your blood thinner for several weeks before your microneedling appointment. These drugs are generally harmless, but the increased bleeding can cause you to bruise more after your procedure.
How long does it take to heal after microneedling?
You won't need to stay home to recover or take any time off work after microneedling treatments. However, your skin will likely be red for a few days after.
You can cover this with makeup, but you should also wear sunscreen every day, so you don't aggravate your skin more. You can see the full effects of your treatment several weeks later.
To maintain your microneedling results, your provider at Santa Fe Skin Institute can help you improve your home skin care regimen with advanced skin care products by PCA Skin, ZO Skin Health and EltaMD.
To determine if you're a candidate for microneedling treatments at Santa Fe Skin Institute, schedule a consultation by phone or book one online today.