Microneedling & Why I LOVE IT!
There are many ways to effectively treat issues like hyperpigmentation, sun damage, scarring, fine lines, and other imperfections. While many people stick with chemical peels and other traditional treatments, more and more are turning to microneedling, including myself, Nurse Karen!
True story, since 2009, I injected Botox and fillers in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Austin and absolutely loved them but none of those procedures helped with my brown spots and laxity. For one year, I performed one microneedle with PRP (aka known as the Vampire Facial) and three microneedle procedures with the anti-aging ampoule and red light LED! You won't believe the results I had in less than one year! During your consultation, ask to see the picture!
Microneedling at Nurse Karen Skincare & Med Spa
As a leading provider of non-invasive aesthetic treatments, Nurse Karen Skincare is the name to trust for microneedling in the Austin area. Nurse Karen has had extensive experience with micro-needling from the pioneers of microneedling research annually over the past ten years. Micro-needling is available by booking online when you are ready to proceed.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, micro-needling is an increasingly popular way to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. This procedure can be used virtually anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly used on the face, neck, arms, and décolleté.
Since it’s so safe, collagen induction therapy can be performed on all skin types. While very fine needles are used to create microscopic channels in the skin, the procedure causes only mild discomfort and side effects are minimal and very temporary.
Benefits of Microneedling
Many people elect to get a microneedling treatment because it:
- Improves the overall texture and tone of the skin
- Minimizes or eliminates hyperpigmentation and dark spots
- Helps to reverse the effects of sun damage
- Minimizes or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes or eliminates scarring
- Promotes cell turnover and increased collagen production
- Is virtually pain-free
- Is gentle enough for all skin types
The Ideal Candidate for Microneedling
Almost anyone can safely undergo a microneedling procedure. However, the ideal candidate is someone who is unsatisfied with the appearance of their skin due to imperfections like hyperpigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and dark spots. You may be an ideal candidate for microneedling therapy if you have skin issues that you would like to correct and are looking for a fast, safe, and affordable treatment option.
The Microneedling Consultation
Prior to starting any aesthetic treatment, Miss Karen conducts a private consultation with all patients. During your consultation, you will be asked to provide a complete medical history, and your aesthetic goals will be noted. If it is determined that microneedling will achieve those goals, a customized treatment plan will be created.
The Microneedling Procedure
The microneedling procedure is fast, easy, and virtually pain-free. Anesthetic is applied for 20 minutes. Your skin will be cleansed and moistened with a hyaluronic serum just before treatment. Miss Karen will use an automated, handheld device is used to administer the treatment which features multiple tiny needles, to create microchannels, or punctures, in the skin. The skins repair process starts immediately.
Home Care and Recovery
Most patients report that microneedling feels more like being lightly scratched with sandpaper than poked by small needles. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience a small amount of pinpoint bleeding and redness at the treatment area. This is very temporary and should subside within a day or two, if any. No special aftercare is needed, but patients are usually advised to avoid applying products that contain acid to the skin until the flaking stops.
Results From Microneedling
Many people notice results from microneedling five to fourteen days after the treatment. However, most people need a minimum of three to six treatments to achieve their desired results. The larger, deeper the imperfection is or extensive sun damage, the more treatments are typically required. Because this process boosts the production of collagen as well as elastin, the appearance of the skin often continues to improve over a period of six to nine months.
Potential Complications From Microneedling
Microneedling is so minimally invasive that there are no real potential complications to speak of. No tissue is destroyed during the process, and the skin is usually able to heal quickly and effectively within two to five days. Expected side-effects are mild and could include some light peeling and skin sensitivity. The most important factor is the client keeps the skin clean, does not apply irritants or do extensive scrubbing or sun exposure.
Microneedling Q&A- Most commonly asked questions about this procedure.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling works by creating tiny, microscopic channels, or holes, in the skin with a device that is covered in tiny needles. This prompts the skin to begin healing itself, which also promotes the increased production of collagen and elastin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The channels created during the microneedling procedure kick-start the skin’s natural healing process. However, no tissue is destroyed, and the microscopic punctures close up quickly. At this time, collagen and elastin production is increased in the affected area. This results in a thicker dermis, or skin, as well as softened scars and wrinkles.
Why Consider Microneedling by Nurse Miss Karen?
Miss Karen is one of the leading skin care therapists in Austin due to her seventeen years experience as a esthetician and registered nurse. The past ten years, Miss Karen receives annual training by the top researchers and leaders of microneedling. From her locations in Los Angeles, CA, and Austin, TX, she completes hundreds of these procedures every year. She used the finest equipment and product to ensure optimal results every time.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated With Microneedling?
Any part of the body can be treated with microneedling. The majority of micro-needling treatments are performed on the face. However, it is also effective on the neck, décolleté, and arms.
Am I a Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is safe for all skin types, so you can undergo this procedure whether you have normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, or some other skin type. The ideal candidate for collagen induction therapy is someone who is looking for an effective, fast, affordable way to minimize or eliminate various imperfections, including hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damage.
Is Microneedling Painful?
The needles that are used in this procedure are very small. On our devices, the depth can be adjusted for different skin thickness and skin sensitivities. For thinner skins, we can decrease the depth for more comfort if needed. For thicker skins, we can use a deeper depth. Using a pain scale, if zero is no pain, and ten is the worst pain, most people scale the pain from a zero to five out of ten. Most people say they don’t feel any pain or it tickles.
Will Anesthesia Be Used?
We want you to have the best results possible and be the most comfortable so we apply a topical lidocaine for 20 minutes before the procedure.
How Is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling at home is typically performed using a roller with small needles that are rolled on the skin to create microscopic punctures in the skin. A professional microneedling therapy treatment utilizes a handheld pen device that is swept over the skin while the needles extend and retract. The extension and depth of the punctures are controlled by the settings on the pen. Topical products are often applied prior to treatment to help the pen to glide and add hydration in the skin.
How Long Does It Take?
The length of time that it takes to complete a microneedling treatment takes 40 minutes to 50 minutes.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
The recovery period involved with microneedling at the very most is two to five days. You may experience some redness and pinprick bleeding in the area where the device was used for one to two days. Many people after the treatment describe the skin to having a mild sunburn and tenderness. It you do have flaking or peeling, it will start day three and last for one to three days.
When Will I See Results From My Microneedling Session?
For some minor imperfections, you may notice results immediately after undergoing microneedling treatment. However, for more extensive imperfections like deep scars, multiple treatments are generally required. With each subsequent treatment, you should notice more and more improvement. This procedure boosts the production of elastin and collagen, so the appearance of your skin will steadily improve as it heals from the treatment.
When Can I Go Back to Work After Microneedling?
You will experience redness one to two days after the microneedling procedure but you can apply mineral makeup immediately after the procedure. Your regular makeup can be applied the following day after the micro-channels have closed. Day three is the day flaking and peeling occurs, if any.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results from microneedling tend to last for extended periods of time. Many people notice permanent improvements with issues like hyperpigmentation, scars, sun damage, and other imperfections. Most of the time, multiple sessions are needed. Over time, additional treatments may be required to maintain the appearance of your skin.
Are There Any Risks?
This procedure is very safe for all skin types. You may experience mild, temporary redness at the treatment area. You will be thoroughly evaluated during your initial consultation, and Miss Karen can inform you if there are any special considerations.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Undergo Microneedling Treatment?
Microneedling is noninvasive and completely safe for all skin types. The only situation in which a person may be told not to undergo this procedure is if they have an imperfection that is unlikely to be resolved through this type of treatment. However, collagen induction therapy effectively treats most common skin imperfections.
Is Microneedling Affordable?
When stacked up against many other aesthetic treatments, microneedling is delightfully affordable. Results from these treatments tend to last for extended periods of time. Since collagen induction therapy boosts collagen and elastin production, which steadily improves the quality of the skin over time, you can almost consider it as the gift that keeps on giving. Multiple treatments are usually needed, but once the initial treatments are done, you shouldn’t have to undergo this treatment again for a long time.
What Are My Payment Options for Microneedling?
For your convenience, we are pleased to accept a variety of payment options. You can pay for your microneedling procedure with cash, a personal check, or a major credit card. We also accept payments via PayPal, Square and Venmo. If you need specific information regarding the cost of this procedure, please check the misskaren.com website.
Microneedling in Austin, TX & Microneedling in Los Angeles, CA
Whether your skin has been negatively affected by sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, or other imperfections, there is no need to accept the situation. Today, there are more safe, effective aesthetic treatments available than ever, and collagen induction therapy has quickly become among the most popular options. With locations in Los Angeles, CA, and Austin, TX, Nurse Karen Skincare is a trusted, leading provider of microneedling treatments. If you are ready to see what collagen induction therapy can do for you, schedule an appointment online.