Aspen, Colo. – At the summer edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), an expert shared advice regarding when, where and how to perform microneedling.
For perioral rhytides and other indications, Tina S. Alster, M.D. often offers what she calls simple microneedling, without radiofrequency energy or adjuvant cosmeceutical delivery. She is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Based on a 2018 Dermatologic Surgery article she co-authored, Dr. Alster shared these technical tips:
- She prefers microneedling devices with disposable tips and as many needles as possible. Drum-shaped needle rollers are difficult to clean, she explained, and their permanent needles can dull quickly.
- Go easy with the gel. “Put just enough to permit a smooth gliding action of the microneedling tip across the skin, but not so much that excess gel interferes with the device’s motor.”
- Use manual traction for smooth needle delivery. “If you’re dragging the device over loose skin, the needles can get caught. Your assistant can stretch the skin taut — or you can use your non-dominant hand to do so — during treatment.”
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