What to Know Before a Microneedling Treatment

Nadia Lam


A Microneedling treatment, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or Dermapen, will reduce facial scarring, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and wrinkles. It will also boost the absorption and concentration of topical skin care products, making them tremendously effective.

It is important to understand that precautions need to be taken because there are some conditions that should never do this microneedling treatment. These are as follows.

  • Sunburn
  • Keloid Condition/Scarring
  • Raised Scarring
  • Active Acne
  • Solar Keratosis
  • Eczema
  • Cold Sores
  • Hives
  • Skin Melanoma
  • Nodular/Pustular Rosacea
  • Blood Clotting Disease Problems
  • Herpes
  • Fungal Infection
  • Open Wounds
  • Warts
  • Skin Cancers
  • Psoriasis
  • Moles
  • Inflammation
  • Severe Solar Keratosis
  • Abnormal Skin Disease
  • Recently had Accutane/Radiation Therapy

Microneedling can cause adverse effects with medication.  Speak to a doctor first if you are taking any of the following medications at home:

  • Anticoagulant (a.k.a blood thinning) medications
  • Medications that cause photosensitivity
  • Medications that slow down healing process
  • Medications that cause hypo or hyper pigmentation
  • Medications that weakness skin structure
  • Accutane
  • Antidepressants
  • High Blood Pressure Drugs
  • Herbs that regulate your body function
  • Antibiotics or penicillin

Microneedling also shouldn’t be performed after certain cosmetic treatments such as; botox, chemical peels, fuller injections, laser, microdermabrasion and cosmetic surgery.  You should wait until your skin is fully recovered before a treatment.  

The recommended treatment plan is 4-12 treatments done once per month or every 3-6 weeks. Twice a month can be done ONLY if the skin can tolerate multiple treatments.

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