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Written & Reviewed by Dr Isabella Sillar
Are you looking for Microneedling in Melbourne? At Elucell’s clinic in Richmond, our experienced and qualified medical professionals provide Plasma Skin Resurfacing. This involves the combination of two separate processes; platelet rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling.
PRP is a straightforward procedure in which the patient’s blood is drawn and then placed into a centrifuge in order to isolate the blood cells from the plasma and platelets which are ‘rolled’ into the patient’s face. Microneedling, on the other hand, is slightly more complicated. That’s why we have assembled a guide below to dispel some common misconceptions about this procedure.
What is microneedling and can it help you with your skin’s appearance?
Microneedling, as the name suggests, involves puncturing the top layer of the skin with tiny needles. The needles are attached to a special microneedling pen which is used to make microscopic incisions that range in diameter from 1mm-3mm in depth.
Microneedling is minimally-invasive, puncturing very little of the skin, but the goal is to leave the skin more plump and radiant through inflammation and slight swelling. Over multiple sessions, microneedling results increase in the production of proteins that affect the texture and shape of the skin, collagen and elastin.
What skin concerns does microneedling treat?
Microneedling is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that can be used to manage skin related concerns such as:
- Acne scarring
- Skin pigmentation abnormalities
- Signs of aging, such as expression lines or sagging skin
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Overall skin texture and tone
These treatments tend to take 45 minutes. In order to ensure patient comfort, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the face long before any microneedling begins.
Am I a suitable candidate for microneedling?
While microneedling is minimally invasive, and great for treating certain skin abnormalities, you will be required to attend a free consultation before the procedure. This will determine your eligibility for the treatment and give you the opportunity to discuss your skin goals and raise any safety concerns.
There are certain conditions that can negatively affect your eligibility for microneedling, as they are likely to be exacerbated by the various incisions in the skin. These include;
- Solar keratosis
- Raised moles or skin tags
- Warts or herpes
- Active acne
- Scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or fungal infection
- Raised or open lesions
- Actively taking blood thinners
How do I prepare for microneedling?
It is recommended that, a week before you receive microneedling treatment, you avoid supplements that increase bruising and bleeding. These include:
- Green Tea
- Omegas (Fish Oils)
- Evening Primrose oil
- St John’s Wort
- Vitamin E
- Aspirin (after consulting your doctor)
It is also recommended that you do the following to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness:
- Hydrate by drinking water before and after your procedure
- Reduce your fat intake
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine wherever possible
How long after receiving microneedling treatment will I see results?
The results of microneedling are visible in the following time periods:
- In 2-4 weeks you will notice a subjective improvement in your complexion
- In 2-4 months these improvements will be objectively heightened, such as a reduction in expression lines and acne scars
- In 6-12 months, maximal results are achieved
At this point, it is recommended that you have 4 sessions every 12 months in order to maintain the effectiveness of the treatment.
How long does it take to build collagen after microneedling?
Collagen induction begins within 48 hours of microneedling treatment, however it will take several weeks for the body to reach maximum levels of collagen production. That is why it is recommended that you aid that process by partaking in multiple sessions over the span of weeks.
How long do microneedling results last?
The results of microneedling are permanent when they are used in the short term to treat specific skin blemishes. For example, acne scars that are effectively treated by microneedling will not return.
However, the long-term effects of microneedling are not permanent because the skin continues to age and wrinkle. As a result, it is recommended that you partake in multiple skin treatment sessions if you wish to maintain the long term anti-aging effects of microneedling.
What are the side effects of microneedling treatment?
Microneedling is a safe practice with minimal risk of side-effects. However, some patients may experience mild swelling, bruising or redness on their face for 24-48 hours, as well as a headache or a faint feeling. These side effects can be worsened by the following:
- Excessive sun exposure
- Rigorous exercise
- Saunas and hot baths
- Excessive alcohol
How to care for your skin post-microneedling-treatment?
In order to care for your skin after microneedling treatment, it is recommended that you do the following:
- Avoid excessive sunlight for at least 3 days
- Refrain from physical activity for at least 12 hours
- Replace your daily facial routine with the Elucell-provided Turmeric Cream and Hyaluronic Acid for 7 days
- Maintain effective hydration by drinking lots of water and keeping skin moisturised
Do you have any more questions? Book a free consultation with one of our friendly staff members to start your skin-rejuvenation journey.