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What is Microneedling?

By Sharon Garofalow

What is Microneedling?

I’m SO excited! In just a few weeks I’ll be doing my first microneedling facial treatment! I have always been unhappy with my skin texture. So when I started working with CosmetiCare, and found out that they offered microneedling, I was all in! So what is microneedling? Read on!

As a CosmetiCare ambassador, I receive treatments from them and share the experience with you. I am not paying for these treatments and will share the good (awesome results), the bad and the ugly (yup, you’ll see pictures of recovery) as I experience it.

While I didn’t have terrible acne in my teen years, I did have trouble with acne in my college years. I’m grateful that I didn’t have the cystic acne that my sister had, but I was left with scarring which has always bothered me. 

Most of the time, I do whatever I can to hide my face in photos. (Looks like I’m ready for more Botox too! Forehead lines, ugh.) I rarely take selfies because you can see way too much of my skin texture. Me posting a photo of myself depends mostly on the lighting. I don’t like to use filters to even my skin, so if there is harsh lighting, which doesn’t do my skin justice, I generally won’t post it.

What is Microneedling?

A microneedling facial treatment is a great non-surgical option for skin tightening and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and other skin traumas. A small device, with tip holding 11 tiny needles, is used to create small punctures in the skin. This encourages collagen re-growth. The stamp like motion of the device helps to break up the fibers and uneven scar tissue helping the skin to look smoother.

What is so cool about the microneedling is that it takes advantage of the body’s own powerful growth factors which stimulates healing and rejuvenation. The best results are seen after multiple treatments, done over the course of several months. This is not a fast fix as it will take up to 6 months to see the full results. Microneedling compliments other skin treatments, like chemical peels and laser treatments, as well.

CosmetiCare offers several options for microneedling facial treatments. Since my scarring is pretty pronounced, I’ll be doing a few treatments with a nurse, who is able to go deeper in to the skin for better results. An aesthetician can also do the procedure for cases that aren’t as severe. My first treatment will also include PRP therapy, which is where they will use my own plasma, along with microneedling to stimulate my collagen even more. Yikes, right?

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost varies, depending on several factors but is in the ballpark of $800 per treatment. I suggest scheduling a consultation appointment with CosmetiCare to see what your own treatment plan would look like. This specific treatment was one of the reasons I was so excited to become an ambassador with CosmetiCare!

What Does the Microneedling Appointment Look Like?

As there are needles involved, you must arrive to the office 45 minutes early to have a numbing gel applied. If doing the PRP therapy, they will also draw blood when you first arrive so that the plasma can be separated out. The microneedling takes about 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being done (I’m doing my whole face). The recovery time depends on which type of treatment you do.

Since I will be doing my first appointment with a nurse, which goes a little deeper in to the skin, I will have about 5 days of “down time.” I will have a little bit of redness immediately following and potentially the next day. Followed by a few days of peeling. There will be products that I will use to help speed up the healing process but otherwise, I will keep makeup, etc. off my skin. Down time after a session with an aesthetician is closer to 3 days.

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