Top FAQs You Should Ask If You’re Considering Microneedling


Top FAQs You Should Ask If You’re Considering Microneedling

March 20, 2022

Microneedling is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for a variety of skin concerns, from smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines to diminishing the appearance of unsightly scars. While this minimally invasive procedure is relatively safe compared to some of the more surgical options, it's still important to ask the right questions before jumping on board with the treatment. So, in this blog post, we will discuss the top FAQs you should ask if you are considering microneedling. Let's get started!

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling involves using a small device to create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. This triggers the body's natural healing process, which results in the production of new collagen and elastin. This can help improve the appearance of your skin in a number of ways, including:

  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Diminishing the appearance of scars (including acne scars)
  • Improving skin texture and tone
  • Tightening pores
  • Stimulating hair growth

Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

Microneedling is suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin. However, there are a few exceptions. You should not have microneedling done if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have active acne or other skin infections
  • Have open wounds or cuts on your face
  • Have a history of keloid scars
  • Are taking certain medications, like Accutane

What Does a Microneedling Procedure Involve?

Before a microneedling procedure your skin will be cleansed, and a numbing cream can be applied if you're worried about any discomfort. Then, the practitioner will use the device to create those tiny punctures in your skin. The depth and locations of these punctures often depend on your specific goals for treatment, so it's not necessarily going to be the same for everyone. The timing should be similar though, as the whole procedure usually only takes about 30 minutes.

Is Microneedling Painful?

As we mentioned, a numbing cream can be applied before the procedure to minimize any discomfort, so you shouldn't be in any serious pain. In fact, most people report feeling only a mild prickling sensation during the treatment.

Is There Any Downtime After Microneedling?

Unlike some of the more aggressive skin treatments out there, microneedling doesn't usually require any downtime. However, you may not want to plan any significant events immediately after the procedure, as you may experience some redness and swelling for anywhere from 24-48 hours.

What are the Side Effects of Microneedling?

As mentioned above, the most common side effect of microneedling is temporary redness and swelling of the treatment area. You may also experience some bruising, itching, or dryness, but it does depend on the person. Either way, these side effects usually resolve within a few days to a week, so they're usually nothing to really worry about. 

That being said, in rare cases, people have reported more serious side effects, such as infections or permanent scarring. However, these are typically the result of poor technique or using a subpar device. This is why it's so important to consult with a qualified practitioner who has experience with microneedling!

If you’re looking for a qualified microneedling practitioner, you’ve come to the right place. Contact Lyft Medical Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today!