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MICRONEEDLING - PREGNANCY STRETCH MARKS

Sunday, February 4, 20188:34 PM(View: 2350)

Who Gets Stretch Marks

About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone. To avoid stretch marks, pregnancy women should use Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum from month of 4Th, twice a day.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling therapy, also known as skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that helps rejuvenate the skin and minimize the appearance of scars and imperfections.

Dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of tiny needles are pressed against the skin, painlessly piercing its outermost layers. This method of “controlled injury” forces the skin to react by thickening and producing more collagen, the skin's principle “stretchiness” protein.

This increase in collagen production smooths the skin's texture, filling in fine lines and plumping the skin.

Several different devices and needle lengths can be used to perform the actual treatment, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. That said, regardless of the specific device you select, the technique essentially remains the same.
Gentler processes such as micro needling can also help renew the skin.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

The benefits are remarkably far-reaching. For one, the tiny puncture wounds produced by the head of the tools greatly improve your skin's ability to absorb topical skincare products and helps them work better.

Microneedling also stimulates blood circulation and collagen production in the treated area by over 1,000%, according to some estimates. And when compared to many harsher, more invasive and expensive treatments like chemical peels, laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, microneedling is incredibly cost effective.

Additionally, unlike some other treatments, microneedling works well on all skin types and can be used to treat the body, face, around the eyes, mouth, neck and even the scalp.

Microneedling has been proven to significantly improve the following skin problems:

  • Rough skin texture
  • Wrinkle
  • Fine lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Laugh lines
  • Surgical scars
  • Acne scars
  • Chicken pox scars
  • Large pores
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Aging skin
  • Stretch marks


 

Procedure for microneedling

Ask your patient to avoid self-tanning lotions or sprays for 48 hours prior to their procedure. For 24 hours before their procedure, they should stop using skin products that contain vitamin A or retinol and avoid sun exposure. They should let you know right away if they get sunburned the day before their procedure.

Microneedling Step #1: The Procedure Itself

  • Explain how the MicroNeedling pen is used during the procedure, and confirm expectations with the patient.
  • Take “before” photos prior to beginning the procedure.
  • Cleanse the strectch marks area, Brightening Facial Cleanser to ensure the skin is entirely free of any other residue. 
  • Apply numbing cream to help the patient feel comfortable during the procedure. Lidocaine that may be used for the procedure, however for more extensive procedures a prescription numbing agent may be necessary. Remove numbing agent.
  • Apply Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum, to protect the skin against friction or abrasion during the procedure.

Microneedling Step #2: Post-Procedure

  • Pat down the treated area and apply Brightening MNS Serum of iRenew Perfect to assist in reducing inflamation. Encourage your patient to re-apply Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum as needed within the first 24 hours. For the first day or two, the skin may be slightly red or inflamed, similar to a sunburn.
  • Caution your patient not to use anything other than Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum. Other products may clog the tiny channels created by microneedling, and could cause unfavorable reactions.
  • Caution your patient to avoid sweaty exercise for the first 72 hours. These activities increase blood flow to the skin surface, which can cause irritation.
  • The patient’s next procedure should be scheduled in four weeks. Before beginning that procedure, remember to take “after” photos to show results from the first session.
  • Says the actual microneedling process takes approximately 30 minutes


 Your technician may then apply a Brightening MNS Serum or Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum calming treatment. In total, you can expect to be at the office for a couple of hours at least.

Microneedling Aftercare

Directly after your treatment, you may look like you spent too much time in the sun and earned yourself a moderate to severe sunburn. Your skin might also feel warmer and tighter than usual. Re-apply Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum as needed within the first 24 hours.

These are normal side effects of the procedure that fade after an hour or two, and completely disappear within 24 hours. There might still be some minimal redness in spots after that, but even that will fade within a few days. The deepest needles might also cause some minor bleeding, swelling or bruising.

Within the first day or two you'll likely notice your skin starting to flake and peel. This is due to the treatment speeding up your skin cells' turnover rate, which is how quickly the dead cells are replaced by new cells.

Peeling usually lasts about a week, during which time you can use Brightening Facial Cleanser , Double Vitamin C Brighteing Serum, Whitening Collagen Serum and Pefect skin Moisturizer .

 This is normal and usually fades within 3 or 4 days. 

Here are a few more things to keep in mind.

  • A 12 hours after your treatment, it will be okay to with Brightening Facail Cleanser. Gently massage your skin and remove all serum and other material or debris. Try to be as gentle as you can; too much pressure can irritate your skin.
  • Some people experience minor flaking (or peeling) a few days after their treatment. If this happens, it's critical not to pick at your skin as doing so will inadvertently cause scarring or unsightly coloration changes. Either of these can result in more treatments than you had anticipated, or require an even more expensive and invasive procedure to correct the problem. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer until the flaking stops.
  • After a microneedling treatment your skin may feel drier than usual. Be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate, and consider using Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum and Whitening Callagen Serum as many times as you can, that way can reduce irritate your skin. This ingredient helps restore moisture and balance to the skin. Locking in the moisture will help hydrate your skin from both the inside and outside.
  • However, you should stay away from exfoliating products, or products with glycolic acids unless otherwise directed by your doctor. These can dry out and irritate your skin. The best way apply Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum.
  • Avoid strenuous or vigorous exercise for at least 12 hours after your microneedling treatment. Sweat often contains harmful bacteria, and with your skin in a low state of trauma, this could lead to adverse reactions, poor results, or even infections.
  • Avoid "active" skincare products. You should not use of any products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, retinol (vitamin A). This will ensure your skin has the best healing environment possible.
  • Try eating fresh pineapple to speed up your recovery. Pineapple has many body-positive chemicals and nutrients that help skin to heal quickly and efficiently. One of the most important of these nutrients is bromelain, which helps bruises to heal quickly and sometimes even preventing them from forming in the first place.
  • For the very best results, book repeat treatments 4 weeks after your initial session, and a series of 3 to 5 treatments in total. You'll likely see some amazing improvements after just one session, but only by completing a full treatment cycle will you achieve your full goals.

 

Microneedling Results: What to Expect

Despite some initial redness and possible swelling, immediately after your treatment your skin should already look and feel tighter and refreshed. You might even see a slight plumping effect on your skin as soon as the swelling goes away.

Assuming your treatment involved needles of the appropriate length, your skin should start to increase its collagen production some 48 to 72 hours after your procedure.

Despite this increase, most patients don't see real, noticeable results for at least 1 to 4 weeks after their first treatment. Full results from the first treatment can take as long as 2 months to appear.

While several treatments are usually required, you'll likely see scar tissue shrink and a reduction stretch marks after only one treatment. You may also see improvements in the texture of your skin as it grows thicker, firmer and healthier overall.

The new collagen that is produced will remain for a few years, making microneedling a treatment with excellent longevity, especially considering how simple it is. Of course, the effects of aging and sun exposure will still eventually take their toll, and at some point you’ll likely seek future treatments as part of your regular skin maintenance plan.

  • Before your treatment, your clinician will cleanse your skin and apply a topical gel to numb your skin.
  • You may experience minor pain and/or discomfort; elevated warmth and tightness can be experienced within the first 1-2 hours post-procedure.
  • Temporary redness and swelling, similar to a moderate to severe sunburn may occur 1-3 days post treatment.
  • Fast recovery is usually seen within 24 hours with slight redness remaining the next day.
  • The skin will feel tight and dry for the first three days post treatment.
  • Some skin might scab after 3 days post procedure. It should not be touched or picked on to avoid any infections. Let it fall off naturally.
  • Your clinician will discuss post-procedure skincare following the treatment to help soothe, calm, and protect the skin. Continue to treat the skin gently for 3 days.
  • The number of micro-needling treatments necessary is related to the severity and condition of the areas being treated. In many cases, a single treatment is sufficient to produce desired results. In other cases, such as severe scarring or stretch marks, multiple treatments may be required. Your clinician will recommend a treatment course and after care protocol for you.

 

What can I expect after a Microneedling procedure?

The skin will be flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 12hrs to 3 days. You may also experience mild swelling, dryness, and tightness. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hrs. Double Vitamin C Brightening Serum will be used after the treatment to heal and protect the skin 

When will I see results?

Patients typically notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.

 

How many treatments will I need?

A series of 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is ideal for optimal results. Deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks and acne scars will need a minimum of 8 treatments.

Not suitable for patients who:

  • Have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last six (6) months
  • Have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the skin
  • Have any kind of current skin infection, condition, herpes simples in the area to be treated
  • Breast feeding
  • Have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing



How much does microneedling cost?

The final cost of your professional microneedling treatment will be dependent on your unique needs and goals. 
Many clinics offer a free initial consultation, during which your personalized treatment plan will be put together and the pricing discussed.

Speaking in general terms, you can expect a single session to cost anywhere between $300 and $500. Most patients require 3 to 5 sessions, however, many clinics offer discounts for patients purchasing multiple sessions.

How common are post-treatment infections?

Though the possibility exists, infections after microneedling are very rare. This is because even though there will be dozens, if not hundreds, of tiny little holes all over your face, they're so small that they usually close up in less than an hour. You should still follow hygienic practices after your treatment, though.

Does microneedling hurt?

The shortest needle lengths shouldn't produce any pain at all, and for deeper needles most practitioners provide their patients with a numbing agent. This allows them to go as deep as they need to with the needles.

Afterwards you can expect your skin to be a little pink, and in a worst case scenario you could be left with a few tiny puncture scabs that will fade over a few days. Pain following the treatment is rare, but easily controlled with over-the-counter medications.

What does a professional procedure involve?

When performed by a professional, microneedling begins with cleaning and possibly numbing the skin with a topical anesthetic. Numbing is only done if you have a low pain tolerance. Generally, it’s not necessary.

Often a collagen-stimulating product, vitamin C serum, and/or a skin lightener is applied to the skin's surface. Then, using the microneedling device of their choice, the skin is punctured with tiny wounds, created in the uppermost surface of the skin. The speed and adjustability of the needles makes piercing the skin easier and increases your skin's ability to absorb any serum that was put on your face. A vitamin C serum or hyaluronic acid is usually used after the procedure to re-hydrate, heal, and protect the skin.

What will I look like after the treatment?

The average person will see some redness and mild swelling. This can even resemble a sunburn and last for 24 to 48 hours. It’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun while you recover. There might also be some slight pinpoint bleeding or bruising if your treatment involved needles that were on the longer end of the scale.

These symptoms should all fade quickly, and you should notice smoother, more radiant skin within a week or two. Your skin will continue to experience the effects of a treatment for the entire time your skin remodels itself.

How do at-home microneedling systems compare to professional treatments?

A useful way to think about the differences between at-home and professional treatments is to think about going to the gym. Hitting the gym by yourself and getting in a good, solid workout a few times a week is great for your body and general health. That's similar to what using an at-home microneedling system is like. It's easy, and you can see some pretty amazing results over a long period of consistent use. However, if you’re doing the wrong exercises or doing the right exercises incorrectly, you could be causing yourself more harm than good.

On the other hand, going for a professional version of the treatment like going to the gym and working with a personal trainer. You get much more dramatic, longer lasting results, faster than you could get alone -- and more effectively, too.

 


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