Getting Microneedling in Atlanta
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a popular skin rejuvenation procedure that helps correct numerous skin concerns like loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and acne scars. An alternative to chemical peels, microneedling achieves similar results without causing skin to flake and peel. Microneedling works to improve overall skin health by stimulating collagen, which plumps up the skin, and is ideal for treating:
- Large pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crepey, loose and lax skin
- Skin texture
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types and ethnicities. It’s also great for virtually all areas of the body: face, neck, chest; knees, etc. It can also greatly diminish the appearance of stretch marks as well.
Microneedling also pairs well with other treatments such as Affirm laser and IPL.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Don’t let the name scare you. The technical definition of microneedling is fractional collagen induction therapy. What does that mean exactly? We use the Rejuvapen microneedling device. It is a handheld powered device and looks similar to a large writing pen. It has a tip that contains 9 microscopic needles that painlessly pass over the skin creating thousands of micro channels in the skin. These tiny punctures or wounds are not visible, but they are enough for your bodies’ natural healing process to be initiated. Through your body’s production of collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks to skin tissue, it plumps the skin improving texture, tone and reduces pore size; it helps thicken, tighten and firm the skin leaving it smooth and soft.
Because we are making tiny punctures in the skin that is the best time to deliver products into the skin. During your treatment, we will apply a serum containing a high concentration of natural growth factors to the skin. These growth factors help to speed up and increase collagen and elastin production. Within two weeks, the majority of patients notice firmer, healthier, and glowing skin. Two to three months after the procedure, patients usually start seeing how the new collagen fibers fill depressed scars and wrinkles and thicken and strengthen thin, delicate skin.
What are the Risks/Side Effects?
This procedure carries minimal risk, but you should certainly visit an experienced provider should you encounter issues you want to know your concerns will be handled quickly and professionally. You skin care specialist should provide you with aftercare instructions and products to be used for the first 3 days post treatment to aid in the healing process.
Following your treatment, you may have some mild redness in the skin. We recommend not engaging in vigorous exercise following your treatment. It is also recommended not to wear make up for 24 hours following treatment.
It is important to keep the skin clean and moisturized following your treatment until the little holes can heal to minimize any chance of infection. Allowing the skin to dry out can result in flaking or peeling and extend the healing process.
You should not have microneedling if you have any active acne or pustules. Having microneedling during a breakout would simply spread the bacteria on the skin which could result in additional inflammation and irritation.
Pregnant woman should not have microneedling.
Preparing for Microneedling
The Week Before Your Procedure
- 3-5 days before your microneedling treatment it is advised to stop using exfoliating products, acids and bleaching creams/products.
- Discontinue retinols and tretinoin (Retin-A) at least 12 hours in advance (day before).
- Refrain from using self tanners 2 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had recent sun exposure be sure all redness or sunburns have completely healed before having microneedling.
- Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel or IPL 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores please be sure to notify us in advance so that we can prescribe an anti-viral to prevent an outbreak post treatment.
- Microneedling cannot be done if you have active acne, cold sore or open lesions.
- To reduce the risk of bleeding, you should discontinue all supplements including fish oils, aspirin and ibuprofen 3-5 days in advance. If you are on a prescribed anti-coagulant, you will need to consult with your prescribing physician to see what they recommend before moving forward with microneedling. It is also advised to limit alcohol use 2 days in advance of your treatment.
The Day of Your Treatment
There is no real prep involved on the day of your treatment. It is always preferred that you come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if you are coming from work we will have you cleanse your face once you arrive.
A numbing cream will be applied to your clean skin. A second layer maybe applied if necessary. The numbing cream will remain on your skin for 1 hour prior to your treatment beginning.
If you typically exercise, we recommend doing that before coming in for your appointment as rigorous exercise is not recommend for the rest of the day.
What to Expect During the Procedure
After allowing the numbing cream to take effect it’s time for your treatment to begin. The area you are having treated will cleansed of all of the numbing cream and prepped for your treatment.
Different settings will used for the different areas that are being treated. By this we mean the depth the needles will penetrate will be adjusted. You wouldn’t use the same setting on the forehead as you would use on the cheeks for example. There are also different techniques that can be used to treat certain skin concerns for example a “stamping” technique maybe used for acne scars and even wrinkles. We are able to treat delicate areas like up to the lower lash line and the upper eyelid just below the brow where the skin tends to get thin and crepey.
Growth factor serum is used during your treatment. It provides a “slip” so that the Rejuvapen microneedling device can easily glide over the skin without dragging. The growth factor is also being pushed down into the skin layers by the needles to ingnite new skin cells to form and produce collagen and elastin fibers.
The microneedling treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing response, whereby it is producing its own growth factors. So your body is making it’s own and we are infusing growth factors into the skin, sandwiching in a “healing cocktail” which results in thicker, firmer and healthier skin with a faster healing time.
Once your treatment is complete your skin will be cleansed, and more growth factor serum will be applied.
You will be provided with aftercare instructions as well as products to aid in the healing process. These products should be used for the first 3 days post treatment. After that you can resume your normal skincare regimen.
Because the numbing cream is allowed an hour to take effect your microneedling treatment will be completely painless. It’s actually very relaxing many of your patients fall asleep during treatment.
You will be with us for a total of 2 hours. 1 hour to numb and 1 hour for treatment.
Your microneedling treatments are scheduled every 4 weeks, of course you can go longer than 4 weeks if your schedule won’t allow for a monthly treatment. You will not want to come in sooner than 4 weeks. The reason for this is because the treatment is initiating a healing response which takes time to complete.
Cellular turnover takes about 4-6 weeks depending on your age. You want to allow these cells to cycle before having another treatment otherwise you will be re-wounding skin that is about to turnover anyway. Additionally, the collagen production process can take up to 3 months to complete. Having treatments done more frequently will not speed this process up.
It is important to remember that results are not immediate, and a series of treatments are required for best results. Because it can take up to 3 months for the collagen production cycle to complete you will likely start seeing the results of your first treatment when you are in our office for your 3rd treatment. Your results will just continue to get better and better up to 3 months following your last treatment.
Microneedling Recovery Time
Immediately following treatment your skin will look pink or red, similar to that of a mild sunburn. The skin may also feel warm and tight. This will typically subside in a few hours but can last as long as 24-48 hours. This is normal.
We recommend no strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after your microneedling treatment. Sweat can further irritate the skin.
The micro channels close within 24 hours. It is super important to keep the skin extremely hydrated to speed the healing process. Aftercare is imperative to achieving the best results.
We advise not wearing make-up for 24-hours following your treatment. Use only gentle cleanser and tepid water to cleanse the skin for 72-hours or 3 days post treatment. Do not use a Clarisonic or powered cleansing brush for at least one week after treatment.
Serum antioxidants will help to sooth and lessen redness and aid in the healing process. These will be provided in your post care kit.
Keep the skin well hydrated and wear sunscreen.
You can resume wearing make-up 24 hours after treatment.
After 3 days you can resume your normal skincare regimen.
We believe consultations are very important when considering any skin treatment. Our consultations give us the opportunity to get to know you and understand exactly what you are looking to achieve with your skin. At your consultation you will meet with one medical aestheticians who will put together a treatment plan along with product recommendations for you to consider. They will also let you know the number of microneedling treatments they believe you will need to see the best results.
Microneedling is safe for all skin-types and ethnicities, and its price point is determined by the body area treated and the number of sessions required. Based on this, a general range you can expect is $395-$2,400.
Before & After Photos
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed.
What does Microneedling treat?
- Fine lines & moderate wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
- Traumatic scars
- Epidermal pigment
- Burn wounds
- Mild rosacea (vascular only)
What doesn't Microneedling treat?
- Active acne
- Raised keloid scars
- A history of kelois scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities
- Actinic keratosis
- Skin cancer
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- An active bacterial or fungal infection
- Woman who are pregnant or nursing
- Accutane within the last 6 months
Does Microneedling Hurt?
How many Microneedling treatments are needed to see results?
How often can you get Microneedling?
How old do scars need to be before they can be treated?
Can I have a microneedling treatment if I have a history of cold sores?
Will Microneedling affect my Botox or fillers?
How soon after a Microneedling treatment can I exercise?
When can I put on makeup after Microneedling?
How much downtime is there after Microneedling?
- Day 1: Erythema and red appearance and severity will depend upon how aggressive your treatment was.
- Day 2: Some red or pink may persist, like a moderate sunburn. Some people may experience more noticeable swelling on the second day.
- Day 3: Skin can be pink or normal color. Swelling subsides. Because everyone is different, it’s impossible to predict exactly how long your redness will last, but most patients return to work the next day. To ensure that your skin heals properly it is extremely important that you follow your home care instructions. Your clinician will go over what products are safe and advisable for you to use post treatment. Over the next 5-7 days, your skin may feel tight, dry, and slightly more sensitive. This is because it is busy healing the wounds that we created. Your skin will need to be hydrated frequently during this time. We strongly recommend that you use IS Clinical Hydra-Cool serum, which contains concentrated hyaluronic acid, to give your skin the hydration it needs in order to successfully form new, more youthful looking tissue.
*Results vary from person to person and are not guaranteed