Microneedling is an incredible treatment for so many different skin issues. Microneedling can treat fine lines, wrinkles, oily skin, acne scars, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and much more. Microneedling can also do something no other skin treatment can: deliver products into the deep layer of skin, drastically improving their effectiveness. If you’re considering trying microneedling for yourself, there are a few things you should know about this collagen-stimulating skin treatment. To help you prepare for a microneedling treatment, browse our list of the do’s and don’ts of microneedling below. In this list, we talk about how you should prepare for microneedling, what you should know about the treatment itself, and how to practice proper aftercare.
DO: Ensure Your Provider Is Qualified and Experienced
If you’re considering trying microneedling, always remember to properly research your provider. Microneedling is an excellent, safe, effective treatment. But even though microneedling is a safe treatment, at the end of the day, it is a medical treatment. Since microneedling involves the application of tiny needles to the face, you need to ensure you go to a doctor with medical training. It’s very important that your doctor understands how to properly sanitize a microneedling device. Additionally, not all providers can give the same results with the same device. For the best results, practice due diligence and look for an experienced provider of microneedling. (Note: You can learn more about Dr. Zadeh’s qualifications by clicking here or learn more about his approach to microneedling by clicking here.)
DON’T: Use At-Home Microneedling Devices
We would strongly caution you against using at-home microneedling devices, sometimes also called derma rollers. One reason is that at-home microneedling devices do not give the same deep results as professional microneedling. Another reason is that at-home microneedling devices can actually be quite dangerous. At-home microneedling devices can often do far more harm than good. When used improperly, an at-home derma roller can easily damage your skin, causing scarring or infections. It’s very easy to use a microneedling device too aggressively or too often. It can also be challenging to properly sanitize a microneedling device at home, which is why they can lead to infection.
DO: Avoid Certain Products in Advance of Your Treatment
In the week prior to your microneedling treatment, avoid the use of any topical skin products that can increase skin sensitivity. These include retinoids, chemical exfoliants, topical antibiotics, and exfoliating masks. You also should not wax, use depilatory creams, or receive electrolysis in the week leading up to your treatment. Additionally, do not take any anti-inflammatory medicines in the three days before your treatment. These include common over-the-counter pain killers such as Advil or Motrin.
DON’T: Come in If You’re Experiencing Certain Skin Issues
Microneedling should not be used if you’ve had a sunburn within the last two weeks. It should also not be used if you have any open wounds or infections. If you’re experiencing any of these skin issues, you will want to call us to postpone your treatment. Our office can advise you on the best timeline for your treatment.
DO: Ask Questions Before Treatment
If you have any questions about microneedling, please do not hesitate to ask them before your appointment (or also during your appointment). We want every patient to feel completely comfortable receiving treatment at our office. So please know that no questions are off limits.
DON’T: Use Certain Products on the Day of Your Treatment
On the day of your treatment, refrain from applying lotion, makeup, oils, powders, perfumes, or sunscreen to your treatment area. Also, do not shave your skin on the day of your treatment.
DO: Consider Your Microneedling Add-On Options
Microneedling can be used alone to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. However, it can also be used to deliver medical grade products deep into the skin, which can greatly improve the results of your treatment. Some examples of products that can be incorporated into a microneedling treatment include medical grade Vitamin C serum and diluted Botox.
DO: Follow Aftercare Instructions
After your microneedling treatment, Dr. Zadeh will give you specific aftercare instructions for your unique skin. To get the best results from your microneedling treatment, be sure to follow your personalized aftercare routine.
DON’T: Use Harsh Products on Your Skin Following Microneedling
After microneedling, your skin may be sensitive for a few days. To give your skin time to recover, avoid the use of harsh products in the days following microneedling. Some ingredients we recommend you avoid after microneedling include AHAs, BHAs, artificial fragrances, essential oils, and certain preservatives.
Interested in Trying Microneedling?
Because microneedling has such wonderful benefits for the skin, it’s becoming incredibly popular. Microneedling is a top treatment among skin care aficionados and celebrities. (Famous fans of microneedling include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Anniston, Demi Moore, and Brad Pitt.) If you’re thinking of trying microneedling, contact our office today to make an appointment.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.