- Day one your skin usually feels tight and maybe dry. This is most people’s favorite day because everything is firm and tight. Usually day two you will notice some darkening of the skin and what I lovingly call “elephant skin” this is when the skin is so tight that you have wrinkles that go horizontally and vertically. It’s a lot of fun!
- Day 2-3 you will notice flaking around the mouth. It will move out from there. You will usually notice it more here than everywhere else, this is because this is the area we move the most from talking and if your like me, eating. Opening your mouth to take a bite out of a big burrito on day three will usually make your skin around your mouth look and feel like the Sahara desert, again so much fun! The peeling will usually continue for 4-7 more days.
- If you’re a picker do your best to avoid the amusement park of dead skin on your face. Picking at skin may force tissue that is still attached to come off and can result in more dark spots on the face.
What does micro needling treat?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Saggy skin
- Improves texture and tone of skin
- Produces collagen to aid in anti-aging
Micro needling pre-treatment instructions-
- No Accutane use for at least six months prior to treatment.
- Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to procedure.
- You will get optimal results if you are on a professional skin care regimen including an AHA and skin lightening product. Speak to your skin care professional if you need help picking the best product for your skin.
- No IPL, laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peels or waxing for seven days prior to appointment.
- No shaving the day of your procedure, in area to be treated.
- If you have a history of cold sores take your anti-viral for at least 2 days prior to treatment.
- Do not have botox, fillers or any other injections within three weeks of your service.
- As with all skin care procedures avoid tanning or a sun burn for at least one week prior to service.
Micro needling post-treatment instructions-
- Do not use anti-inflammatory medications such as motrin, advil or ibuprofen as they will interfere with the natural inflammatory response that is responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
- Avoid tanning and sun exposure for at least a week after your procedure. If you are in the sun make sure you are using a SPF of at least 30 and re-applying every hour.
- Eat fresh pineapple to optimize healing.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, sweating and swimming for 24 hours.
- Treat skin gently, washing with a gentle cleanser and cool water.
- No exfoliation for three days after treatment. (Washcloths, clarisonic brushes, scrubs, enzymes, retinols or acids)
- Restart professional skin care after 72 hours.
- Avoid make-up for at least 24 hours. It is best to use a mineral make-up for a week following the procedure. Clean all make-up brushes before use.
- Avoid excessive heat such as a sauna, hot shower or even putting your face near an open oven or over boiling water while cooking.
- Do not scratch or pick at the skin.
- Help your skin heal by using antioxidant/skin lightening serums. Ask your skin care professional for the best one for your skin.
What to expect-
During: Your skin care professional will cleanse your skin and apply a topical lidocaine to the area that will be treated. You will lay and relax for 30 minutes while your skin begins to numb. The treatment itself should be pain free to be mildly uncomfortable. Depending on the area, the needling procedure will take 10-30 minutes. After the procedure a moisturizer and sunblock will be applied. You may feel like you have a mild sunburn for a few hours after.
Day of: Most people are very red and feel a little swollen. You may also notice areas of pinpoint bleeding. You can use a cold compress and tylenol if needed but don’t get the skin wet for four hours.
Day 1: Your skin may continue to be red. It is possible to have a small amount of bruising, especially around the eyes. Most irritation should be gone. Your swelling may be slightly more noticeable.
Days 2-7: Your skin may feel tight and dry. Moisturize as often as needed. You may have some mild flaking since the needling increases your cell turnover ratio. A slight itching in the skin is normal. This is because you have caused a controlled wound to the skin and it is healing.
It will take 6-8 weeks to see full results of the treatment. For full benefits it is recommended to do 6 treatments 28 days apart.
DO NOT HAVE MICRO NEEDLING DONE IF;
- You are prone to keloid scarring.
- You are under current cancer treatment
- You have an autoimmune disorder
- You are on any blood clotting medication or have a bleeding disorder
- You are pregnant
- You have any open wounds or active cystic acne
- You have scleroderma
Microblading…. What’s all the buzz about??
Doesn’t it seem as though it just boomed out of nowhere overnight? Would it surprise you to know that microblading has actually been around since Egyptian times? Crazy right?! In the beauty industry everything seems to always come in phases…. Phasing in and phasing back out; however, I think microblading is here to stay.
So what is microblading exactly? Glad you asked, because we’ve got answers! Microblading is where hair-like incisions are made into your skin, creating a natural looking hair stroke. While the stroke is being cut, pigment is being inserted into the incision. Microblading is a natural looking “semi-permanent” tattoo, which can last 18-24 months depending on your skin type.
So tell me, Ladies and Gents, who was a victim of the 90’s and has over-plucked eyebrows?? *Raising hand now* Good news! We can actually re-create a brow that looks natural and flattering to your face, by adding hair strokes back to those over tweezed brows! Hallaleujah!! Even brows that may have an awesome shape, but need a little bit of “umph”, can benefit from microblading. Here at Beaute Marque Studio, Payton and Brooklynn are dedicated to giving our clients beautiful brows.
Alright, now, I know what some of you are thinking…. that sounds amazing!! BUT… *dun dun dun*…. does it HURT?! I won’t tell you this is a pain -free procedure, because every person is different; some people tend to be more sensitive than others. However, over all, clients have reported the pain level at about a 1 or 2 (rarely a 3), on a scale of 1-10, with a 10 being the most painful. See… beauty doesn’t have to be painful, my friends!So now that you understand what microblading is, lets go over what to expect in an appointment, shall we?!
- Every appointment starts with a consultation, going over your likes and dislikes of your current brows.
- After the consultation, we begin to “map out” your brows to the best shape possible. This is the part where you get to be picky. Remember, these are on your face and you want to make sure you are completely satisfied with the shape before moving ahead with the microblading!
- After a shape is agreed upon, numbing cream will be applied and 20 minutes will be given to allow it chance to set it.
- After sitting for the 20 minutes, the actual microblading process goes down. Can I get a “Woot Woot”?! The microblading itself only takes about 45 minutes to an hour; however, the entire appointment is about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Wendy Lewis explores the buzz surrounding skin needling | Plastic Surgery Practice July 2014By Wendy Lewis Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, the French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. In the 1990s, Montreal plastic surgeon Andre Camirand, MD, experimented with using tattoo guns without ink to treat postsurgical scars. South African plastic surgeon Des Fernandes, MD, founder of the Environ™ skin care range, introduced skin needling using a roller for treating vertical perioral wrinkles at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) congress in Taipei in 1996. There has been a recent proliferation of devices and systems on the market in this category that vary in the diameter and length of the microneedles, generally ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mm. Essentially, there are two basic categories of devices: battery- and cord-powered systems. Each design has some advantages, and personal preference determines operator selection. There are also flat-edged tips versus beveled tips. Current devices range from mechanical to manual models with shorter needle lengths designed for home use to rollers or stamps with longer needles designed for skin professionals only. PCI has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed.1 PCI therapy is now becoming widely used as a treatment for photoaged skin to improve the skin’s appearance and quality, and to improve or even prevent scarring.2 Microneedling can be performed in an office setting and does not require extensive training or costly equipment. Single-use systems are available for up to a few hundred dollars, with multiple-use devices costing roughly a few thousand dollars, depending on the model. It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach. INTRODUCING MICRONEEDLING Topical anesthetic cream is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Patients should be advised that multiple treatments will be necessary. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Many practitioners are also doing maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months. When utilized for generalized skin resurfacing, products such as topical growth factors and antiaging serums are better absorbed in the skin as an adjunct to treatment. “Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,” says Beverly Hills, Calif, nurse and aesthetic trainer Sylvia Silvestri, RN. “Because it can be performed on all skin colors and types, it is sometimes the preferred treatment over laser as there is no risk of burning the patient.”