What are the side effects of microneedling?

Microneedling is a quick, simple skin treatment that refreshes damaged skin, and keeps it looking youthful.  It is a versatile procedure that treats a variety of skin concerns including wrinkles, large pores, and acne scars.  But how exactly does microneedling work, and what are the side-effects.  

How microneedling works

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment in which a pen-like device fitted with tiny needles is moved across the skin, to even out skin tone and texture (click here to learn more).  

The needles create microscopic channels that force the skin into repair mode, resulting in an increase in the production of collagen within the deep layers.  The new skin that emerges is smoother, clearer, and more youthful.

What are the side effects of microneedling?

Microneedling is well-tolerated by most skin types, and side-effects are usually minimal when the procedure is performed by a board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician.

However, some patients may experience minor skin irritation immediately after microneedling, which may last for several days.   There may also be some skin discoloration, as well as mild peeling as the old skin peels away.  Less common side-effects include infection, bruising, dryness, and swelling.

Patients are advised to limit sun exposure in the first few days after microneedling (read more).

Microneedling is not recommended for people with skin conditions such as severe eczema, rosacea, and active acne.  Therefore, if you are thinking about getting microneedling you should schedule a consultation with a board certified dermatologist or licensed aesthetician, to see if you are a good candidate. 

Would you like to learn more about the side-effects of microneedling?   Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 945-8626.

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