Microneedling FAQs

  • Am I a candidate for Medical Microneedling?

    Medical microneedling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. The chance of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is minimal. Skin microneedling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Medical Microneedling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last twelve months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing

  • When will I see results?

    Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after a treatment as collagen production continues.

  • What is the downtime?

    Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the microneedling pen setting used and the number of overlapping passes your skin care professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.

  • How does medical microneedling compare to other methods of skin rejuvenation such as ablative fractional lasers and non-ablative fractional lasers?

    Ablative means that skin is ‘vapourised’ by the laser, that is, the skin is removed. Non-ablative implies that the skin is still intact. Examples of ablative fractional lasers include the fractional carbon dioxide or erbium lasers, and an example of a non-ablative fractional laser is the Fraxel laser. Ablative lasers tend to be more aggressive than non-ablative lasers, which usually means greater downtime, and that fewer sessions are required to achieve a certain result, but the risks may be higher as a result.  Fractionated laser beams enter the skin vertically and the laser beam sets many fine scars in the dermis. The term “fractional” means: the skin has to be thermally punctured in fractions with healthy (not lasered) tissue in between the thermal punctures. The problem seems to be, that no one is able to tell in a follow-up session, which skin point was lasered before. Theoretically, the same little scar can be hit several times and the results are below expectations. Moreover, thermal skin treatments can be very painful. This is easy to understand, simply because burns heal relatively slow and thermally melted nerve receptors have a longer pain memory. Both medical microneedling and lasers result in collagen production that continues slowly months after treatment, but the lasers remove tissue resulting in a much longer recovery time. Medical microneedling is better than lasers because it creates micro-injuries (tiny vertical channels in the dermis) without using heat and does not remove layers of skin. This is why the skin heals so rapidly from micro-needling when compared to the recovery time from lasers.

  • What is the Medical Microneedling treatment like?

    When you first arrive, you'll be makeup and sunscreen free.  Then I apply a topical numbing ointment to the area for about 30 minutes to improve the comfort of the procedure.  After a second cleansing, the procedure may take anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on the treatment size, red LED treatment is 30min to reduce inflammation and increase ATP production. I welcome your feedback to optimize the results while making your experience as painless as possible.

  • What is the downtime involved for a Medical Microneedling treatment?

    It may vary depending on the depth of treatment. I recommend the client avoid the sun completely for 24-48 hours immediately after treatment. This treatment is better done during late fall thru winter. Most patients describe the immediate post treatment period as having sunburn. Clients will experience redness and swelling right after treatment that tends to resolve by the third day.

  • Does the Medical Microneedling treatment hurt or make you bleed?

    Depending on the depth or aggressiveness of treatment, it is possible to experience pin-point bleeding during the treatment but not ongoing. You may find temporary redness of the skin for an hour or so, or possibly for a day, depending upon the age of the skin and treatment depth.

  • Can Medical Microneedling remove or repair surgery scars?

    Medical Microneedling has proven to be effective on all manner of acne pitting and scarring, burn scars, injury scars, and yes, surgical scars, as well. Medical Microneedling will not make these scars disappear 100%, but it will soften and smooth out their appearance.

  • Can Medical Microneedling help with skin wrinkles?

    Microneedling excels when used as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Best results are seen over a period of 4-6 treatments.

  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with Medical Microneedling?

    Minor pain - A topical numbing agent helps control the discomfort you might feel during the procedure. But some patients may experience minor pain afterward and the skin may remain red for a few days. Infection - Though the needle holes are tiny, they are open wounds and can become irritated or infected. You’ll need to keep the skin clean and avoid irritating lotions, swimming pools, gyms and other possible exposure to infection. Skin discoloration - Some light or dark discoloration may occur, especially for people of color. It is usually temporary.

  • How does the medical microneedling treatment work?

    As the microneedling pen stamps over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures in the skin, the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You encourage your skin to continue healing through this microneedling process. Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired, but with the microneedling auto-stamp microneedling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of microneedling skin remodeling can go on for months after each medical microneedling treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days. Your skin naturally heals itself every 45 days, so with a little medical microneedling stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.

  • How does a microneedling device different than a dermal roller?

    Dermal rollers also use needles for skin resurfacing but are often too large and unwieldy for tight areas like the nose and eyes. They are also dependent on hand pressure, so the depth of penetration varies depending on the the amount of pressure exerted and the softness of the skin, while the microneedling device depth of penetration is set precisely with an electornic dial. There is also lateral trauma to the skin when the needles on a roller pull out of the skin as the wheel turns. This does not happen with a microneedling pen, which relies only on vertical needle action. I do encourage clients to do cosmetic needling at home along side medical microneedling.

  • Does the Medical Microneedling treatment hurt?

    Although Medical Microneedling sounds scary (thousands of needles going into your face!), it is actually quite painless. Medical Esthetics by Katie uses lidocaine numbing cream on your face to keep you completely comfortable, and you are wide awake during the procedure. The experience feels similar to a deep facial with a bit of extra vibration. At the end of the procedure, your face will be slightly red tight and tingly similar to a sunburn. By the next day, you will be able to return to work and play, with minimal downtime. Improved skin appearance begins to occur almost immediately and continues for 4 to 6 weeks. For best results, Microneedling can be repeated as frequently as every 4 to 6 weeks, or as infrequently as 2-3 times a year, depending on your concerns.

  • What are the indications for having a Medical Microneedling treatment?

    Medical Microneedling is especially effective for aging concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crows feet. Because collagen is produced, scars and stretch marks can also improve from treatments especially indented acne scars or chicken pox scars. Pigmentation issues can be helped including hyperpigmentation as well as hypopigmentation, although Advanced Skin Analysis and home care preparation here is essential. General lack of skin radiance, skin firmness and compactness are also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen.

  • Is Medical Microneedling safe?

    Medical microneedling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely to occur. Medical microneedling is a minimally-invasive, safe anti-aging treatment which, through a hand held device, employs 12 ultra fine needles to break down the old scar tissue in your skin and stimulate skin cells to produce more collagen in the treated area. Not only does this reduce the appearance of fine lines and any unwanted wrinkles, it also encourages improved blood supply, helping you look and feel healthier, younger and much more refreshed.

  • How is the medical microneedling treatment administered?

    Medical Microneedling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile needle cartridge. The procedure is normally completed within 15-30 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site. Before the procedure starts a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin to ensure a comfortable experience. After the skin is numbed, your medical esthetician gently moves the micropen over your skin to puncture the epidermis layers of the skin and create miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries.  For best results, a complimentary 30min LED treatment is performed after microneedling to support the healing process and reduce excess inflammation.

  • Can medical microneedling be done on Asian or African American skin?

    Medical Microneedling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during medical microneedling. Other invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing are not recommended for Asian or African American skin due to the potential risks of delayed wound healing, pigmentary changes and scarring. This is where medical microneedling has an advantage as these potential risks are very unlikely due to the epidermis remaining intact.

  • Can you receive a medical microneedling treatment if pregnant?

    Medical Microneedling is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women due to a number of minor reasons. The needles produce micro-injuries which trigger the natural wound healing response. This wound healing and production of new collagen requires vitamins and nutrients which would otherwise be needed for the baby so is suggested to not be used during pregnancy. Another minor reason is simply increasing the chances of infection which is never a good idea when pregnant.