Microneedling: Before & After Pictures

There are so many services at the med spa! It’s overwhelming to figure out what’s worth spending your money on, i.e. microneedling. (And it’s so overwhelming how expensive this stuff is! ) I’m still trying to figure out what is worth it and what isn’t, however, I do know that I am going to keep trying to slow down this aging process. I mean, once you cross over 45 it really starts to hit hard.

The med spa that I go to for Botox, (yes, my forehead and that “11” thing between my eyebrows would never be this smooth without it ) (and if you are over 40 and not Botoxing your forehead, you need to start yesterday) had a night where you could come in and talk to them about all of their services and ask questions. My take away was to try this microneedling. I decided on this because the down time is essentially only a day and a half and because the idea behind it, is that it stimulates your own natural collagen. Which is awesome, because that is an ongoing thing, making your own body work at it, whereas Botox is temporary and needs to be done about every three months.

Collagen is what depletes with age and that is why we get wrinkles. Give me my collagen back please! So two weeks ago I went to have a microneedling done to my face. 

This is the description: Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling may also be combined with a topical treatment, like PRP (platelet rich plasma) or another vitamin-rich serum. (From Realself)

This is not the Dracula facial or the Kardashian facial thing, that involves platelets from your own blood. This is strictly just needles in your face and also a serum at the same time, I believe it was hyaluronic acid for extra plumping. 

Don’t be scared of these pictures! I did not edit them at all.

spa treatment
Before. Took this when I got in the room to show you that I actually was there. 

 

First step: Numbing cream applied, waiting 20-30 minutes for it to take effect. Your entire face has no feeling. Well, except the forehead. That part was the only part that hurt since there is no fat there. Ouch.

 

microneedling after picture
After: took this in the parking lot right after. Don’t judge.

 

microneedling redness after
Side View

 

microneedling spa treatment
4 hours later!  BRIGHT red and hot. Totally had hot face, like a sunburn. My college son was home and was a bit shocked. He was like “I don’t even understand what’s happening here, and I can see where the needles went in your face” hahahahahahahaha

 

after pic microneedling
Next morning close up. You can tell I’m a little puffy.

 

Also, next morning. Redness is way better but still definitely red with some areas more red than others (like on my cheekbone). I went to the grocery store in the afternoon, I don’t think anyone really noticed. If you had to go to work the next day, you may need to hide it with makeup or just be transparent and tell everyone what you did.

 

Day 2. Redness is mostly gone. If you zoom in on my forehead it looks like you can still see the “needle marks” but otherwise no one would notice. Not even your kids. Dryness sets in and mild flaking. The flaking looks like maybe you had a mild sunburn and you’re peeling for a couple days. It doesn’t look weird. So dry though. Make sure you have the right lotion/serum to apply after. Didn’t help that I did this on the coldest driest week of the year.

One week later…

LOL BAHAHAHAHAHA Just kidding! This was 12 years ago! That kid is now in college. Oh to have that much collagen again…

Seriously, I’m so old now. Here you go, one week later:

This is one week later. I think you can definitely see the results!!! Look at the smile lines in both the side view picture (4th picture from top) that I took in the car right after, compared to this one! It is noticeable! (I did not edit any of these pictures, sorry they are hard to look at !)

 

Other side of my face. See that sort of discoloration? That’s next on the list, an IPL photo facial. Hopefully it will get rid of those brownish areas and freckles. (Not sure what to do about my neck.. ugh…or my see through skin, so many visible veins) I can’t believe I am posting these pictures.

In conclusion, I think it was worth doing. I read that for maximum collagen revival to do it more than once. So, I believe I will be doing it again! Oh and, the cost was $200 but I bought it in advance on the night the spa had the info night, so it was a special price. I believe otherwise it’s $300. Next I’m doing the IPL, if I remember I will take before and after pictures for you. I’m sure you can’t wait to see more of these horrible photos! LOL

Feel free to ask me any questions!

P.S. Do not just go to any old spa for this. Make sure you go somewhere reputable.

P.S.S. Those over the counter microneedle gadgets (I bought one, eye roll) are not good for you. They do not penetrate deep enough into the dermis to make an impact. They pretty much just cause irritation that does not result in collagen enhancement. 

L

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