Aspen, Colo. – At the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Tina S. Alster, M.D., offered the following microneedling tips, based on a March 2018 Dermatologic Surgery article she co-authored:
- Hold your microneedling device perpendicular to the skin so the needles penetrate at 90°.
- Treating in multiple directions ensures that skin doesn’t appear striped. “I move the microneedling tip back and forth, up and down and diagonally across the treatment area. Some practitioners perform circular motions.”
- Watch for early pinpoint bleeding as a clinical endpoint. “Severely photodamaged skin often bleeds immediately, while fibrotic skin or scars, particularly in non-facial areas, may require several passes to elicit pinpoint bleeding.”
- Sometimes Dr. Alster treats beyond the pinpoint bleeding, depending on lesional severity. Applying ice water-soaked gauze between passes stops bleeding immediately, with minimal pressure. Once bleeding stops, she applies a few drops of Soothe HC Arnica Recovery Balm (A Method).
Dr. Alster is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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