Is Microneedling Treatment Painful?
Microneedling sounds potentially uncomfortable, but Dr. Judd Wattenbarger at Alaska Med Spa & Chiropractic in Anchorage, AK does everything he can to keep patients from experiencing pain during their procedure.
The needles used in microneedling treatments can vary, and some discomfort can be expected, but below we’ll look at how patients can reap the benefits of microneedling treatment without the drawbacks.
What is microneedling, and why do people get it?
Even if you’re afraid of needles, there’s no reason to avoid microneedling.
It’s a minimally-invasive, nonsurgical approach to skin rejuvenation that can reduce the look of fine lines, scars, and age spots, and even stimulate the growth of collagen around the face for a more youthful look.
At Alaska Med Spa & Chiropractic, Dr. Wattenbarger offers microneedling treatment, also called collagen induction therapy, via the state-of-the-art innovative Rejuvapen®. This pen uses fine-gauge needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. When these injuries heal, they trigger the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. New growth over wounds tends to involve new and more youthful-looking skin, and patients may experience the minimization of pores and stretch marks within just a couple of weeks.
Will the microneedles hurt during treatment?
While the entire treatment lasts roughly 30 – 60 minutes, the microneedling treatment itself takes about 15 – 30 minutes and is tolerated well by most patients. That’s because Dr. Wattenbarger first prepares patients by going over the procedures and applying a local anesthetic or numbing cream to the face. After 45 – 60 minutes, the patient’s face should be numb, removing the piercing feeling that many potential patients fear.
After the microneedling is done, the skin will be cleaned and then nourished with a serum to complete the treatment. Any residual discomfort should subsite.
The most common side effects are redness or swelling around the treated area for a few days after the procedure. But these should be mild and last around two days. You may not see results until 1 – 2 months after treatment since your body needs time to regenerate collagen and elastin.
While some patients may need multiple treatments (usually 3 – 6) a few months apart, the reward is brighter, firmer, healthier-looking skin.
Who should avoid microneedling?
People who have used Accutane in the previous 2 – 3 months may have adverse side effects as well as those with skin infections or open wounds. Microneedling is typically not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, or anyone undergoing radiation therapy.
However, there’s no reason to avoid microneedling out of a fear of pain or needles. Doctors do everything they can to ensure minimal discomfort, and you may be able to ask for anxiety treatment before your microneedling session.
Get safe and effective microneedling in Anchorage, AK
While needles pierce the skin during microneedling treatment, most people come back for more treatments after seeing the results. Most patients tolerate the pain, and there are multiple ways to manage needle anxiety.
If you have questions about microneedling, Rejuvapen, or your ability to get through the treatment comfortably, you are welcome to reach out for a personalized consultation with Dr. Judd Wattenbarger at Alaska Med Spa & Chiropractic in Anchorage, AK to discuss your options.