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Updated: Aug 29, 2021

Also known as Collagen Infuction Therapy (CIT)

A small reciprocating micro-needle pen is used for this treatment. The microneedles make small punctures on the skin, and the body creates new collagen and elastin fibres as part of the healing process. The excess collagen and elastin cause the skin to plump and thicken, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars.

Are you tired of fine lines and wrinkles making you look and feel older? Are you dealing with large pores, a poor skin texture, or sagging skin? Do you have acne scars on your face? If so, microneedling may be right for you.

Pre-Treatment Instructions:

  • Avoidance of Accutane for six months before treatment.

  • Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, sunburn, and benzoyl peroxide three days before the procedure.

  • Use of recommended skin care system for preconditioning for 4-6 weeks for optimal results.

  • Avoidance of IPL/Laser procedures for seven days prior to treatment.

  • No waxing, depilatory creams or electrolysis 5-7 days before the treatment. 

  • If the use of a peel was recommended in conjunction with the microneedling, no topical agents that may increase skin sensitivity, reaction to the peel, or dryness 3-4 days before the peel (topical retinoid or hydroquinone products). No acids or defoliants that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) beta hydroxy acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, hydroquinone, or benzoyl peroxide acne products). If no peel has been recommended, avoid mentioned ingredients for 24 hours.

  • No shaving the day of the procedure.

  • There can not be any significant changes in the skin recently reported including the breakdown of the skin or excessive dryness or sunburn.

  • Skin is clean without lotion, oil, makeup, deodorant, powder, perfume or sunscreen. 

  • If there is a history of cold sores, an antiviral agent should be taken for two days prior to and day of treatment.

  • The patient cannot be treated if the following is presented: active cold sores, herpes simplex, or warts in the area to be treated, open sores, sunburned, or excessively sensitive skin within the application area, pregnancy, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea within the application area.

Day of Treatment Instructions:

Omit lotions, creams, make-up or deodorant in the area to be treated Arrive with clean washed skin.

Inform provider of any changes in medical history and of all medications you are taking.

Post- Treatment Instructions:

  • Immediately after your Medical Micro-Needling procedure, your health care provider may apply moisturizer and sunscreen topically.

  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation.

  • Avoid sun tanning and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. When exposed to the sun, always use sunscreen SPF30 or above. You may clean your face with a gentle cleanser before bed.

  • Redness or sensitivity might be present (and last up to a few days) after microneedling.

  • Use Tylenol only as needed for any soreness.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise or sweating for 24 hours due to open pores.

  • Treat skin gently washing with a gentle cleanser, cool water, using hands only and pat dry no earlier than 4 hours after microneedling.

  • Avoid sun exposure for three days and if possible ten days. Apply a minimum of SPF 30 every 2 hours. 

  • May use mineral makeup after 24 hours.

  • Restart regular skin care regimen in 48 hours and retinol/retinoid in 72 hours.

  • Recommend follow up and repeat treatments in 4 weeks and for best results a series of 3 – 5 treatments.

Day 1:

On the next day, you may clean your face as usual and apply makeup, lotions and other topical products as usual. Stay away from exfoliants or glycolic acids that are present is cleaners as these can make your skin very dry after the procedure. Be sure to use an approved SPF30 or greater

Days 2 - 7:

Within two (2) days following your Medical Microneedling procedure, you may notice skin dryness and flaking. This is due to an increased turnover of skin cells. During this period, you may apply your regular skin moisturizer. Follow the instructions given to you by your medical professional. If your medical professional used the roller around the eyes, you may have a little micro bruising that may exist for three or four days. This can easily be covered with makeup. Days later, your skin will start shedding. These are skin layers that would regularly shed a week later, but the Microneedling brings this skin to the surface sooner. During this temporary process, your skin will shed and be dry. You may use your regular skin care products once your skin is not irritated.

Days 7+:

A week after the Medical Microneedling procedure, most patients notice that their skin is smoother and more radiant. Continue with sun protection every day and reapply every 2 hours if outdoors.

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