Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is an advanced aesthetic procedure that offers a highly effective way to rejuvenate the skin and restore its youthful glow. By using a specially designed device equipped with fine needles, this treatment creates hundreds of tiny, controlled punctures in the skin's surface, a process that initiates the body's natural healing response.
The principle behind Microneedling is simple yet profound. When the skin is punctured, it triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin, two critical proteins that maintain skin elasticity and smoothness. This natural response leads to the reduction of common skin imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation.
Microneedling is versatile and can be used on various parts of the body, including the face, neck, hands, and even more delicate areas. It's suitable for multiple skin types and can be customized according to the specific needs and concerns of the individual patient.
The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes per session, and it is often performed in a series, with each session spaced about a month apart for optimal results. It's carried out in a sterile environment by a trained practitioner, and a topical anesthetic is applied to minimize any discomfort.
Patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, or a sensation resembling a mild sunburn, but these effects generally subside within a few days. Proper aftercare, including gentle cleansing and moisturizing, can aid in the recovery process.
What sets Microneedling apart from other skin rejuvenation treatments is its ability to achieve remarkable results with minimal invasiveness. Unlike surgical procedures that may require extensive downtime, Microneedling allows patients to return to their daily activities quickly, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.
Microneedling can be combined with other treatments such as serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance the effects. This synergistic approach allows for more personalized care, tailored to the unique characteristics and goals of each patient.
Not required or 24 hours if redness persists
Immediate, with gentle cleansing
A: Microneedling is generally well-tolerated by most patients, but comfort levels can vary depending on individual sensitivity. Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area to minimize any discomfort. The sensation experienced during Microneedling is often described as a mild prickling or tingling. After the procedure, some patients might feel a sensation similar to a sunburn, but this usually subsides within a few hours. At SRGN Clinic, we prioritize patient comfort, and our experienced practitioners will guide you through the process, explaining each step and ensuring that the procedure is as pain-free as possible. Post-treatment care instructions will be provided to alleviate any residual discomfort.
The number of Microneedling sessions required varies based on the individual's skin condition and desired results. Generally, a series of 3-6 sessions, spaced about a month apart, is recommended for optimal outcomes. The exact number will be determined during a personalized consultation, where the practitioner will evaluate your skin, discuss your goals, and design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. It's essential to adhere to the suggested treatment schedule, as each session builds on the previous one to achieve gradual, natural-looking improvement.
After Microneedling, the skin will be more sensitive and prone to irritation, so it's advised to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours. This allows the skin to heal without obstruction from potential irritants found in cosmetics. When you do resume wearing makeup, it's wise to use mineral-based or hypoallergenic products that are gentle on the skin. Our skilled practitioners at SRGN Clinic will provide you with detailed post-care instructions, including product recommendations that will be beneficial for your skin type and aid in the healing process.
Microneedling is considered a low-risk procedure, especially when performed by trained professionals. Common side effects are typically minor and may include redness, swelling, or mild discomfort, akin to a sunburn. These symptoms generally subside within a couple of days. Rarer side effects might include bruising, infection, or changes in skin pigmentation. However, these risks are minimized when the procedure is carried out under sterile conditions and with proper aftercare. At SRGN Clinic, we adhere to the highest standards of safety, ensuring that the risks are minimal, and will thoroughly discuss potential side effects during the initial consultation.
Microneedling is an adaptable procedure that can be customized to suit various skin types, including sensitive or darker skin tones. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. Certain skin conditions such as active acne, rosacea, or eczema may require special consideration or alternative treatments. A detailed consultation with an experienced practitioner at SRGN Clinic is essential to determine the best approach for your particular skin condition. This comprehensive evaluation ensures that the treatment plan aligns with your unique needs and goals, taking into account your skin type, medical history, and other relevant factors to provide safe and effective treatment.