What is microneedling?
The concept of microneedling has been around for years; think derma rollers and needling stamps. However, microneedling is a more sophisticated process, using sterile, one-time use tips with tiny micro-sized needles and extremely fast repetition rates. The needling process is so fast and precise that your skin is only damaged in a way that promotes the body’s natural response to heal itself better that is was before your treatment. While creating these micro-injuries in the skin, the “holes” provide a temporary “fast track” or micro-channels into your skin for high quality serums to be absorbed more completely, making the benefits of those products so much stronger.
Who should do microneedling
A good candidate for microneedling is someone who wants to get a head start on maintaining their youthful skin, like someone in their 20’s. Microneedling is also amazing at helping to correct existing signs of age and damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, small scars, discoloration and thin skin. Microneedling can also be used on stretch marks and light scars to help reduce the appearance over time.
What do I need to do before my microneedling appointment?
Before your treatment it is best to have clean skin and to not have a sunburn, recent injectables in the area and no tattoos. We will ask that you come in early to ensure your skin is clean and give you a packet of numbing cream to ensure your treatment is more comfortable. If you have an allergy to lidocaine or other topical skin numbing medications please let us know beforehand.
What will I experience during my microneedling session?
During you microneedling session you will feel mostly a vibration feeling, some areas may be a little sensitive but for the most part the treatment is not uncomfortable. Our Microneedling Device is adjustable and the depth of the microneedles can make the treatment more or less painful so just communicate with your technician if you are uncomfortable at any time.
What are the post-treatment instructions for microneedling?
After your microneedling treatment, do not touch your skin unless you have washed your hands first, do not go to the gym or other places that may have an excess of germs. You will be given a list of products that are safe to use over the next 48 hours, and depending on your skin concerns, some products may be highlighted as optimal in achieving your desired results. Please avoid sun and heat for 48 hours, but also wear sunscreen as just driving home still places you under UV rays.
What is the “vAMPIRE” fACIAL AND IS IT SAFE?
The Vampire Facial is a microneedling treatment where, instead of serums, your own PRP serum is used. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and is obtained through a blood draw that one of our Nationally certified Phlebotomists can do. Your blood is then separated with a centrifuge and the serum is then applied topically and needled into the skin (it can also be injected but we do not offer that at Hello Laser.
Using your own concentrated growth factors are believed to improve results compared to microneedling alone without growth factors. The safety of our staff and clients is very important to us and that is why only the employees with National Certification are allowed to draw your blood for a PRP upgrade to your microneedling treatment.
If the idea of a blood draw makes you nervous, we also offer lab-grown growth factors which are showing fantastic results and for about a third of the price of PRP (no blood draw is needed for this upgrade). Often times, these growth factors are from younger stem cells than our client’s age, making them superior and more efficient in repairing and rebuilding lost collagen in the skin.
Microneedling is Safe, but there are always risks with any procedure. It is important to notify us if you have any skin or blood conditions before doing treatment. All our needles and tips are individually wrapped, sterile, one-time use items. Our service providers are properly trained and certified to perform their job functions. We also use hospital-grade cleaners for our equipment and wear gloves when performing your service. Normal expectations for this treatment would be redness for a day or two, pinpoint bleeding, possible bruising and pin point scabs a day or so later. Skin with feel warm and tight and you will be advised to not touch your face with dirty hands to prevent germs entering the micro injuries we just created. After a few hours the injuries will have closed up.
Are lab-grown growth factors worth it?
The short answer is YES, but the type of cell matters!
We use AnteAGE MD growth factors and cytokines from stem cells harvested from the bone marrow of young, healthy, pre-screened adult donors. The cells are cultured in a laboratory that produces the bio-signals needed for skin repair and rejuvenation. The growth factors and cytokines are extracted and the cell itself is discarded. This serum is 100% free of inflammatory cells, cell fragments, RNA or DNA. These same human growth factors and cytokines are also included at the “Hero” ingredient in homecare products we offer as well to help continue your anti-inflammatory skin care regimen at home.
There are a lot of products out there with stem cell ingredients, but for the most part they are from plant cells, animal cells, or from human adipose (fat) cells and are not as versatile, or as young and healthy or as effective for antiaging as the growth factors and cytokines from bone marrow stem cells