Micro needling is a procedure that is gaining further exposure as more celebrities sing the praises of it. The vampire facial has been Kim Kardashian’s go to procedure to keep her looking young and refreshed.
Darker skinned patients that look to have a micro needling procedure will frequently ask if this procedure is advisable for their skin type. The answer is yes. This procedure is indicated for all skin types. Micro needling is by far one of the safest treatments aimed at collagen stimulation for darker skinned patients.
Often times patients of darker skin tones seek to address skin concerns with lasers, however their Fitzpatrick type is not ideal, as this can cause hypo pigmentation or hyperpigmentation. The advantage is that micro needling is not a light-based procedure, and does not involve harsh chemicals or techniques that can instigate significant inflammation of the skin.
Darker skin types who are prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin after mosquito bites, scratches and pimples) can easily get hyperpigmentation on or adjacent to the treated area if heat based lasers are used. Since micro needling is a non-ablative, this treatment means that there is no removal of the epidermis; therefore the epidermis is preserved with minimal risk for pigmentation issues.
Micro needling creates micro injuries to the skin, which stimulate new collagen, thus improving skin quality and texture. Micro needling will also improve fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, enlarged pores as well as creating a rejuvenating glow.
Micro needling alone will definitely improve skin quality, but not deeper pigmentational issues. Appropriate skin care, sunblock and topical lighteners may be needed, and the effects will take time.
Once a micro needling treatment has been completed, the patient’s skin will look as though they have a mild to moderate sunburn, and their skin may feel warmer and tighter than usual. These effects are normal and typically subside within a few hours after treatment, but can take up to 24-48 hours for complete resolution.
It is pertinent that patients avoid the sun completely for one week post procedure as well as any harsh topical creams. Use of sunblock before and after the procedure is mandatory in order to protect the skin, and avoid any complications from the micro needling treatment. As a rule, sunblock should be continued as a part of any anti-aging skincare regime to protect skin from further sun damage and premature aging.