Myth 1: Microneedling hurts Fact: Prescription strength numbing cream is applied to the treatment area for 15-20 minutes while I draw and process your blood. I am a stickler for minimal pain during any of the procedures I offer therefore I will test to ensure the numbing has taken effect prior to starting. Most clients have stated they feel minimal (1-2 on a scale of 10) or no pain during the procedure. Once the numbing effect has worn off you can expect to feel as if you have a moderate sunburn or are very “wind-chapped.” It may feel tight, hot, and tender to the touch. This typically lasts 24 hrs.
Myth 2: Microneedling leaves your face a bloody mess hence the “vampire facial” Fact: I’ve seen some pretty dramatic photos circling the internet of faces covered in blood during or directly after their microneedling treatment. Let’s just say that you do not have to initiate that level of injury to get great results. Furthermore, I only use the plasma (gold-colored liquid) that is separated from the red blood cells during processing. You will have a red or pink flush to the skin, which will dissipate in 1-2 days. You may experience a small amount of bleeding during the procedure; however, I promise you won’t leave your treatment looking like an extra from a horror movie.
Myth 3: Microneedling will leave holes in my skin or cause scar tissue to form
Fact: Tiny pinpricks in the surface of the skin are created using microneedles which produce a controlled skin injury without damaging the skin. These tiny pinpricks can’t be seen by the naked eye, and seal within four hours after your treatment. As stated above, these microinjuries lead to minimal bleeding and set up a wound healing cascade with the release of various growth factors.
Myth 4: Microneedling is only for anti-aging Fact: While microneedling is primarily done to correct the fine lines and crepey skin that accompanies the aging process, it has been shown to be effective in correcting acne scars and hyperpigmentation (sunspots) too. Furthermore, research has shown that microneedling can also help to soften the appearance of surgical scars and stretch marks.
Myth 5: Microneedling is just for the face Fact: Microneedling can be used just about anywhere on the body that shows signs of collagen depletion and/or damage caused by sun (neck and chest are prime areas). Scars from acne on the chest and back can also be addressed with microneedling as well as stretch marks from childbirth or weight gain/loss.