Microneedling treatments generally produce results within several weeks of receiving treatment. How often you should get microneedling treatments will vary based on the results and any side effects you experience.
Your health care team will monitor your results and aftercare experience. They will work closely with you to monitor enhancements to your appearance and develop a regular treatment schedule.
How Does the Microneedling Process Work?
The microneedling procedure involves using multiple medical-grade needles on a roller device to penetrate the top layer of your skin. The procedure will stimulate collagen and promote healing.
Patients typically see little difference in the immediate aftermath of the procedure, with optimal results becoming apparent in the weeks following treatment. How your body responds to the procedure and your overall health will determine the frequency of follow-up procedures.
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Are Repeated Microneedling Sessions Safe?
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines rate microneedling treatments as safe and effective, even for repeat procedures. In most cases, the recovery process after initial and ongoing microneedling sessions is short. The procedure is minimally invasive and conducted in the comfort of your doctor’s office with appropriate medical supervision.
Results may improve as treatment continues. Your doctor will explain how your prescribed treatment plan will be customized to meet your specific needs. At your first appointment, you will undergo a thorough physical exam and answer a series of questions about your medical history. We do this to understand the goals you have set for yourself and help you develop a plan and a treatment schedule to reach them.
Microneedling should be repeated on a schedule you and your doctor work out together. Attempting to supplement treatment with non-medical devices on your own is not encouraged and can alter the results you experience. Sticking to your medical team and the frequency schedule it recommends can enhance the safety of your microneedling experience.
Are At-Home Microneedling Procedures Safe, Too?
FDA regulations and most physicians do not recommend at-home microneedling. FDA regulations go so far as to grade the devices used in the procedure as medical and non-medical.
Its ongoing research and guidelines indicate the following:
- Medical devices are safe when medical professionals use them as intended. They provide effective treatment of scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and acne and can be used safely on the face and abdomen.
- Non-medical grade microneedling products may not provide treatment that is comparably effective. Because they are not regulated or monitored on the same level as medical devices, they can also have needles that are too short or too blunt to provide the desired results.
Discuss any at-home treatments you are considering with a qualified medical professional. Your medical team can explain why you will experience optimal benefits by receiving treatment in an appropriate health care facility.
Does Microneedling Have Dangerous Side Effects?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive medical procedure. Like all medical procedures, especially ones that penetrate or pierce the skin, you might experience some side effects. Most are mild and will resolve on their own without medical treatment or intervention. These can include:
- Unexplained headaches
- Unsightly drooping of the eyelids
- Irritatingly dry or watery eyes
- Sensitivity at the site of the procedure
If you experience side effects more serious than these, report them to your health care team as soon as possible to ensure prompt treatment and resolution. Rarely have patients reported experiencing a rash, hyperpigmentation, and, rarely, an unusual pattern of scarring known as tram track scarring.
At-home microneedling is discouraged in part so that your medical team can monitor your care and provide timely and effective treatment of any side effects.
How Long Will Microneedling Results Last?
Results can last anywhere from weeks to months, depending on the individual patient. Initially, it can take a few weeks to see optimal results. These can include reducing the appearance of:
- Skin and acne scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Dark spots and uneven skin tones
Because microneedling is safe and only minimally invasive, it can be safely combined with additional treatments designed to enhance your appearance and boost your self-image.
If you use microneedling to minimize the appearance of surgical and abdominal scarring, you might see different results and require a different treatment schedule. With a carefully planned combination of treatments, you can extend the effectiveness of your treatment. Improving your appearance can also lead to improvements in your general happiness and self-image.
Call Us Today to Explore Your Microneedling Treatment Options
Microneedling is a safe and effective medical procedure that can enhance and improve your experience and self-esteem. How often you should get ongoing and follow-up microneedling treatments will depend on factors our patient-focused team of physicians and nurse practitioners will review with you.
Learn more about your treatment choices by calling our Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates team today. We can answer your questions and address your concerns about the microneedling procedure.