Renew & Refresh
Skin needling, or microneedling, is one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments on the market. It uses the power of your skin’s natural healing process to leave you with the youthful, healthier appearance you crave. Skin needling is a form of controlled injury to the skin, but the result is anything but scary. Tiny pinpricks into the surface of the skin cause targeted areas to essentially wake up and take notice, starting the body’s healing processes and boosting collagen production.
There aren’t that many cosmetic treatments that have quite as many applications as microneedling. The micro treatment improves acne scars and sun damage, boosts elastin production and smooths uneven skin texture. It can treat fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and improve the skin’s overall tone.
We’re not done yet.
Multi-purpose skin needling can also reduce the size of your pores and promote hair growth in areas where it’s thinned out.
If you’re looking to address several problems with your skin, revolutionary skin needling may be the treatment for you. Explore the kinds of things microneedling in Orange County can do for you. Our experts at the Med Lounge can develop a treatment plan for you that will leave your skin looking and feeling its best.
Benefits of Skin Needling
Frequently Asked Questions
Skin needling is a micro treatment that involves tiny punctures to targeted areas at the skin’s surface to boost collagen and elastin production. It is also known as microneedling or collagen induction therapy and is one of the safest, most effective cosmetic treatments out there targeting the skin’s surface.
Microneedling works by spurring your body’s natural healing processes into action. The tiny needles used in your procedure create a healing response from the skin that bumps up collagen and elastin production.
Essentially, your body is responding to micro-injuries during your treatment. That healing process results in fresh, rejuvenated skin and a return to a more youthful-looking appearance.
Skin needling has a wide range of applications. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring, sun damage, uneven skin tone and even hair loss. Your provider at the Med Lounge will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will address any problems you’re having with your skin and determine whether microneedling is right for you.
Skin needling is not appropriate for anyone with active skin infections, problems with wound healing or painful, active acne breakouts. Pregnant women or women considering becoming pregnant should not be receiving skin needling treatments.
Most patients report they don’t feel much of anything during the procedure. Your provider will apply a topical anesthesia or numbing cream that will leave you more comfortable during your skin needling treatment. Tell your provider if you’re experiencing any discomfort during the procedure.
Some patients will experience tightness, dryness and swelling in treatment areas post-procedure. Those symptoms typically go away within a few days, but it’s important to be gentle with your skin in the days that follow your treatment.
For the best results, most providers will recommend a series of four treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, depending on your skin concerns. Deeper set wrinkles or more extensive scarring may require additional treatments.
Most patients benefit from touchup treatments every six months after their initial series. Our experts at the Med Lounge can help come up with a treatment plan for you that will work to address your personal goals.
Results from a microneedling treatment vary based on targeted areas and skin concerns addressed during your treatment. Most patients will see results lasting anywhere from 3 to 5 months after their initial series of treatments. Being kinder and gentler with your skin and following any additional recommendations from your provider will allow your results to last longer.
What to Expect With Skin Needling
For the best results and to reduce the chance of any side effects after your treatment, our experts at the Med Lounge have a few tips around what to expect with skin needling before and after your procedure.
- Let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores. You’ll need a prescription to get rid of any active infection or prevent an infection after your treatment.
- Avoid any anti-inflammatories or blood-thinning medications for up to 3 days before your treatment. Those include but aren’t limited to: aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve. If you take daily aspirin for a history of heart disease, talk to your doctor before stopping your aspirin routine.
- Avoid shaving the day of your skin needling treatment. Shaving can leave your skin more vulnerable to skin irritation. If you wax, use depilatory creams or electrolysis for your hair removal; avoid doing so for up to a week before your treatment.
- Try to avoid too much sun in the two weeks before your skin needling treatment. You don’t want to come to your appointment with a sunburn, which would leave your skin more sensitive.
- Avoid any topical treatments that include retinoids, exfoliants, topical antibiotics and acids, which may leave your skin more sensitive in the week before your skin needling procedure.
- Come to your appointment fresh-faced. You’ll want your face clean of any topical creams, sunscreens or lotions before your treatment.
- Be gentle with your skin in the first 72 hours after your treatment. You can return to your regular skincare routine within a few days. That includes washing your face. Ask your provider about any retinols you use regularly and how long you should abstain from applying them to treatment areas.
- Avoid intense exercise or any strenuous activities in the 24 hours after your treatment. It’s not about straining your face, but sweat causing a potential reaction. Avoid time at the pool for 24 hours post-treatment.
- Avoid any direct sun exposure or lengthy time in the sun in the week after your treatment. You shouldn’t wear sunscreen in the 12 hours post-treatment but can apply it after that point if you must spend any time outside. Wear a hat if you need to be outside in the week after your skin needling.
- Stay fresh-faced in the 24 hours after your treatment. That means no makeup.
- Dry, sensitive skin is normal after your treatment. Redness and minor swelling may also happen with some patients but should go away within a few days. Be gentle with your skin to promote the healing process.
- Talk to your provider if symptoms persist or if you’re experiencing more severe side effects like excessive bruising or signs of infection.