From the very first day I walked into Sheri’s Allure Rejuvenation Center office for a consultation visit, we started discussing Microneedling. I have done other procedures with Allure in the past year (seen HERE) and since seeing this procedure pick up speed on the popular meter I have been dying to try it for myself. I love to nerd out on a good skincare treatment and the innovative twist Sheri adds to her technique had me counting down the days until our first session.
But what is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a process of dragging an electrical pen-like tool with tiny needles at the head along the face, puncturing the surface. (thus, the name) The idea is to create micro injuries in the skin, as well as get products (a combination of serums applied to the skin) deep into the skin. The healing process of the tiny injuries then helps promote the production of collagen which in turn helps to minimize wrinkles, give the skin a more supple, thicker appearance and help with pigmentation issues. (YES, to all of this please!)
Does Microneedling hurt?
In doing my research prior to my first treatment I saw that some aestheticians choose to do Microneedling with no numbing cream. Yikes! I had the pleasure of having a 20-minute Adele listening session while Sheri applied a generous dose all over my face and let it activate.
We then started on my forehead which is (in my opinion) the only painful part. This is because there is no fat there, so it truly feels like you are having needles dragged along your face. Joy! I imagine this is what getting a tattoo feels like. I let out my breath as we finished the 3 passes on the forehead and moved on to kinder territory of my cheeks and chin. Easy breezy from here on out! The numbing cream is key girls! I can’t imagine doing this procedure without it.
What is Microneedling with Botox?
If you have heard of “Botox Stamping” or the “Botox Facial”, this is a take on that and a technique that Sheri swears by. Instead of injecting Botox with a needle, she drips it directly onto the skin (along with the mix of SkinCeuticals serums) and then runs the microneedle pen over it 3 times. The whole cocktail, Botox included, gets pushed in at the dermal level, penetrating the skin but not getting into the muscular level like Botox would when injected. This part is what made me send Sheri a text on day 5 post my first month’s treatment with a “Holy S*h%t!! My skin looks amazing!” I woke up, went to wash my face and literally gasped at the more youthful face looking back at me. The data is mixed on this, as it is still a new technique, but I’ll just say, speaking for my own results, huge fan!
Is there downtime after Microneedling with Botox?
After your Microneedling with botox procedure is done, Sheri lathers on the rest of the serum as well as SkinCeuticals SPF 50 and I put on my giant hat to head to the car. My face feels like it is on fire as the numbing cream wears off, but this only lasts for about an hour. When I get home, I feel a slight burning sensation which only gets worse when I go to wash my face at night. Then there is a period of about 20 minutes when my skin feels super raw, before it returns to normal. I highly recommend doing this treatment on a Friday if you’ve got a 9-5. While there is not necessarily a downtime period, your skin does feel very raw and exposed for the next 24 hours or so, and the procedure is the most effective if you ‘lather yourself up’ with as much moisture during that time as possible. Think of it this way, your skin is more ‘open’ during that time. Would you rather apply the good stuff like THIS and let it do its magic while you’re healing, or drown your skin in foundation, trying to hide redness from your office mates?
What is the Microneedling with Botox post care regiment?
Aside from keeping your skin moisturized, I’ve found that taking Arnica tablets before and after treatment really cuts the healing time. (I start 2 days before) This was another Sheri gem, so I can take zero credit. SPF is also a must if you plan on going outside. This one comes highly recommended and has been my go-to. Lastly, do a sheet mask at the end of the day, post treatment. It really helps to calm the skin and absorb more of ALL the good stuff. This one was magical!
How often should you do Microneedling with Botox?
Microneedling is safe to do every 30 days. I am doing a 4-round treatment at Allure Rejuvenation Centerand will continue to add info here as I go through the whole process. Send any questions my way via comments or email! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am currently on day 3 post my second microneedling with botox treatment. My skin still has a bit of a fine sandpaper feel, which goes away (at least for me around day 4). Can’t wait to wake up and say ‘Hello gorgeous!’ on day 5 again!