Q & A
Q: Does it hurt?
A: There is some discomfort during the treatment. There is no lingering discomfort and we have a number of strategies we employ to minimize discomfort during treatment.
Q: Can it cause scarring?
A: No. It can improve the appearance of scars
Q: What’s in the Stem Cell Serum?
A: Hyaluronic acid and a combination of purified proteins designed to amplify rejuvenation. There are no human or animal cells, DNA, blood or other foreign substances. The product has been used safely and effectively for over a decade.
Q: What will this improve the appearance of?
A: Fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, stretch marks, hair loss, and rosacea are all conditions that MicroChanneling can improve.
Q: How long is the down time?
A: You can apply make-up, sunblock and other topical products after ~90 minutes ( however we do not recommend until the next morning )
Q: How will my face look immediately following a treatment?
A: Anything from minor redness to a deep red flush, which clears up in 4 to 72 hours depending on how aggressive the treatment is.
Q: How long before I can expect to see results?
A: You will typically notice an improvement in the quality and appearance of your skin within the first 24 hours. After 2-3 treatments a thicker more robust, collagen filled cellular matrix will produce more consistent and noticeable improvement. And 6 or more treatments may be recommended for scarring, laxity and wrinkles. For hair regrowth some reactivation typically appears within the first two weeks, with noticeable improvement after about 5 weeks.
Q: Are there any contraindications?
A: Any condition that seriously impairs your immune system, active radiation or chemotherapy, pregnant or nursing, uncontrolled diabetes, allergy to stainless steel, chronic inflammatory skin disease, Accutane in the past 2 years, hemophilia or a similar bleeding disorder
Q: Can I combine this with other treatments?
A: Dermaplane, Microdermabrasion or an enzyme peel may be performed immediately before MicroChanneling as long as the face is disinfected before MicroChanneling. Immediately following MicroChanneling, LED light therapy and oxygen may be applied.
Q: Do I have to use the MicroChanneling solution / aftercare serums?
A: MicroChanneling stimulates the body to release peptides, cytokines and growth factors that induce collagen production. As you get older, the stem cells that produce these vital proteins lose efficacy and decline in population, so microchanneling alone becomes less and less effective. Because of premature aging the MicroChannel Delivery Serum, and the post care Cellular Renewal Serum and Healing Accelerator become more necessary to produce improvement. Use of the Livra products ensure the skin continuously receives potent, robust, pristine peptides, cytokines and growth factors even in between treatments. Think of diet and exercise – MicroChanneling without serums is like exercising without dieting. Results will be good with MicroChanneling only, great with serums.
If you get cold sores regularly, taking acyclovir or valcyclovir starting one day prior to your microchanneling will reduce the likelihood of a breakout due to your treatment.
Discontinue retinol (2% or higher) or tretinoin at least 3 days prior to treatment.
For your first treatment, (and treatments at .25mm in general) numbing cream is typically not necessary, and you can expect mild redness and swelling, and a tight, warm sensation for between 4 & 24 hours.
If your liver, kidneys and immune system are healthy, taking an NSAID such as Ibuprofen 2 hours before treatment may reduce any discomfort.
Later treatments with longer needle lengths may require topical numbing cream, and can produce redness and swelling along with tiny flecks of redness for between 4 & 72 hours.
If you are being treated for hair loss, please arrive at the office with the shortest haircut possible and clean hair. Please do not apply sprays or gels.
If you are being treated with PRP or PRF drink an extra 24-32 oz of water for two to three days prior to treatment.
If possible, please arrive at the office without makeup on, and with a clean, (and for men a clean shaven) face.
If you’ve had Botox, Fillers or Threads injected you must wait at least two weeks before getting microchanneling. And you must be satisfied with the results before we can offer you any other treatments.