Q: How many treatment should I do?
A: The number of treatments necessary will range greatly depending on what we are treating. On average, for light anti-aging treatments, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. For deeper wrinkles and acne scar treatment, 4-5 treatments may be required to achieve desired results. There is no limit to the number of treatments that one can receive as long as adequate time passes in-between each treatment. And as always, maintaining your investment with maintenance sessions is highly recommended. Your aesthetician will guide you on a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Q: How long should I wait in between treatments?
A: Depending on the depth of the needle length used in your specific treatment, you may need anywhere from 1-4 weeks in-between sessions.
Q: What will this improve the appearance of?
A: Fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, [non-raised] keloid scarring, stretch marks, hair loss, and rosacea are all conditions that microneedling can improve.
Q: How long is the down time?
A: Wait a minimum of 90 minutes before applying anything else to this skin apart from what your esthetician applies. This includes sunscreen, makeup, moisturizer, etc. It typically takes 24-72 hours for all redness and pinprick scabbing to disappear.
Q: How will my face look immediately following a ProCell Therapies treatment?
A: There is a very wide range of normal reactions. Anything from little to no reaction, to a deep red flush, to pinpoint bleeding is normal. You may experience discomfort at the treatment site with transient redness and swelling which may last up to two hours or longer. The redness may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area may feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. As this is a non-ablative procedure, more extreme reactions do not necessarily correspond to more extreme results. Infection is possible if proper aftercare guidelines are not followed.
Q: How long before I can expect to see results?
A: As soon as 1-2 weeks in some cases. 2-3 treatments for more extreme results. For hair regrowth it can take up to a month.
Q: Are there any contraindications?
A: Anyone with a condition that seriously impairs their immune system (such as cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy)
-Diabetes (due to problems with healing)
-Patients on Accutane (or any related acne medication should be discontinued for a minimum of 6 months prior to undergoing MicroNeedling.)
-Active Herpes Simplex in the treatment area (treatment is possible once the outbreak has healed, however it may be advisable to take prescription strength antiviral medication to keep this condition in remission during treatment series.)
-Dry skin (if your skin is overly dry, you will need to start a moisturizing regimen and ensure the condition is under control prior to undergoing MicroNeedling treatment.)
-Any active inflammatory skin condition (such as eczema, psoriasis, infection, rash or any type of dermatitis at the treatment site – it may further aggravate the condition)
Q: What should I do before my treatment?
A: It is best to stop the use of retinoids at least a day before treatment.
Q: Can I combine this with other treatments?
A: Typically combining treatments will result in more aggressive treatments and longer downtimes but can yield impressive results. Some treatments such as a light microdermabrasion or light chemical peel can be performed right before microneedling as long as the face is then cleaned before starting the microneedling treatment. This cannot be combined with procedures that involve the use of any topical solutions immediately following the microneedling. LED Light therapy is the only treatment highly recommended post-needling.
Q: Do I have to use the microneedling solution/aftercare serums?
A: YES! Microneedling stimulates keratinocytes in the skin to release growth factors that induce collagenesis. As you get older, these keratinocytes become less and less effective at this so the treatment on its own becomes less and less effective. Because of this the microneedling solutions become more and more imperative as a client progresses in age. Using the aftercare serums as well will cause the skin to continue producing growth factors even while in between treatments. Think of diet and exercise – microneedling without serums is like exercising without dieting. Results will be good with microneedling only, great with serums.
***LED Light Therapy is highly recommended to help boost more collagen $50
***after care serums are highly recommended for home care to see and achieve great results.
MICROCHANNELING PRE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
1. If you have frequent episodes of cold sores, taking acyclovir or valacyclovir starting one day prior to your Microchanneling will reduce the likelihood of a recurrence due to your treatment.
2. Discontinue retinol (2% or higher) or tretinoin at least 3 days prior to treatment.
3. If your liver, kidneys and immune system are healthy, taking an NSAID such as Ibuprofen before treatment may reduce your discomfort.
4. If possible, please arrive at the office without makeup on , and with a clean face.
5. If you are being treated for hair loss, please arrive at the office with the shortest haircut possible. Please do not apply sprays or gels to your hair prior to your treatment.
6. If you are being treated with PRP OR PRF and extra 24-32 oz of water for 2-3 days prior to treatment.