You should book a consultation to go over your expectations with the dermatologist or esthetician you’ll be seeing, says Rodriguez. They’ll be able to review the most appropriate home-care products and discuss pre- and post-care precautions, she says. If your skin is infected, inflamed, or if you have eczema or open acne lesions, call the office to see if you can reschedule your appointment. Why? Because microneedling could spread bacteria around your face and possibly cause further infection. Want to try an at-home device? “Be sure to consult your dermatologist to make sure this treatment is right for you and if the products you use can be accompanied with microneedling,” says Engelman.
What’s the Pain Like?
While every person’s pain tolerance is different, most experts describe the sensation associated with microneedling as a tolerable discomfort. Generally, it can be performed without any numbing solution or anesthesia (though if you get it done at a doctor’s office, you may be able to opt for a numbing product if you feel you need it). “There is typically no pain associated with a needle length less than .5 millimeters,” says Jamie O'Banion, president and co-founder of Beauty Bioscience, the makers of GloPRO, an at-home microneedling device that uses .3 millimeter needles. That being said, expect some redness post-procedure (this should die down in a few hours).
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