Important Considerations for Microneedling
Are you considering microneedling? The anti-ageing and complexion rejuvenation benefits are profound!
There are some general considerations that you should be aware of before microneedling. Let’s walk through the basics.
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling is a cosmeceutical procedure (a procedure that achieves cosmetic results using medical-grade devices). When microneedling, tiny needles from a motorised microneedling pen are used to make microscopic punctures in the skin.
Microneedling is also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). This is because the microscopic punctures created during the treatment (also known as microchannels) trigger a trauma/healing response in your skin. Your skin perceives that there has been a small injury and as a result, floods the tissue with the signal to naturally produce more collagen and elastin to heal the ‘wound’.
As the skin heals, so too do skin imperfection soften and even disappear completely.
Microneedling is helpful for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, stretch marks and dryness/dullness, making it an ideal anti-ageing wonder treatment.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS OF MICRONEEDLING
Allow time for your skin to recover
After microneedling, skin redness is common - and this may last for several days. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure plenty of time between microneedling and any important events you may have scheduled.
Protect your skin from the sun
During this time, you should also take extra care to protect your skin from the sun, as microneedling can make your skin more photosensitive. Any sun exposure without adequate sunscreen can increase your risk of developing hyperpigmentation, so ensure to always wear a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 50+, and ideally a mineral-based sunscreen.
Hygiene is important
Microneedling can also have some other risks such as scarring or infection, if care is not taken to perform the treatment hygienically. It’s crucial to remember that microneedling is a cosmeceutical treatment, and you are essentially creating microscopic open wounds in the skin, so appropriate care must be taken to create a sterile environment and to keep your device sterile, too.
Always wipe down any benches/surfaces where you will be microneedling with antiseptic spray, tie back your hair away from your face and cleanse your skin prior to microneedling. Also, thoroughly wash and glove your hands.
Only use cartridges once
Microneedling cartridges are single use only, and should be disposed of after each use. Always ensure that you’re opening a new cartridge packet every time you perform microneedling.
Only use ARTG registered devices
Only ever use a microneedling device that has been included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). ARTG-listed devices have gone under rigorous testing for safety and quality, and their registration ensures your peace of mind that you have purchased the highest quality device.
All Dr. Pen USA microneedling pens are ARTG-listed, as are our cartridges.
If in doubt, check with your doctor
Avoid microneedling if you have cuts or abrasions on your skin, active acne or any other skin condition that may place you at higher risk of injury or infection.
Microneedling should also be avoided on those under 18 years of age.
If in doubt, seek advice from your healthcare professional to assess if microneedling is right for your needs.