The Dallas Esthetician, Savanna Boda, talks you us about how she uses microneedling in her practice.
The Dallas Esthetician Talks Microneedling
Microneedling is like a magic eraser for your skin. It treats fine lines, wrinkles, acne marks, acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, texture, pores, and so many other skin concerns. Microneedling is also known as CIT (collagen induction therapy). Essentially what we are doing is creating tiny micro wounds in the skin so that it “wakes up” to re-heal old scars and build collagen and elastin. This painless procedure is a favorite in my practice as it is corrective and effective.
As an acne specialist and corrective skincare enthusiast, I utilized microneedling in my practice often. Once I have cleared my patient’s acne, we move on to microneedling to heal and correct any left-over acne scars and marks. This procedure helps not only with indented acne scars but also with PIE (post inflammatory erythema and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). I also love to treat hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tones by adding a stem cell brightening serum topically and needling it into the skin. This is also a wonderful procedure for anti-aging patients as well as it is stimulating collagen and elastin. Remember to always treat the neck and go close to the lash line to plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
C2S SERUM’S A WINNER FOR AGE MANAGEMENT
C2S Serum is an ideal antioxidant to have on your back bar and for clients to have in their daily skincare home care plan. It glides onto the skin easily and effectively fuels skin cells to stimulate regeneration, bringing renewed vitality to the skin.
It features Salicylic Acid, an Oil Soluble Vitamin C, and a Water Soluble Vitamin C.
The potent antioxidants in this product bring long-term benefits, along with a clearer, brighter complexion. This makes it a go-to age management product. It also offers clients with congested and acne-prone skin a perfect antioxidant-rich skin-balancing serum.
Depth of Microneedling
For depth, I use .25-.05mm on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. These areas are thinner and more sensitive therefore a lower depth is required for minimal pain and to avoid bruising. For the cheeks and chin area I go from .75-1.5mm depending on the thickness of the skin and patients comfort level. It is imperative to check in with your patient and their pain level during the treatment. Be mindful if the patient is on their menstrual cycle as this will increase sensitivity and discomfort. I try to strategically schedule my female patients around their menstrual cycle to avoid this.
When performing the treatment, you are looking for erythema aka swelling and redness as well as pinpoint bleeding. Your patient should not be a bloody mess. More blood does not mean better results. This is causing unnecessary discomfort and a prolonged downtime. You will get just as good of a result by stopping at the clinical endpoint which is erythema and pinpoint bleeding. Keep in mind if your patient is taking omegas or EFAs they will bleed more than your normal patient.
Microneedling should be done no sooner than three weeks apart and no further than six weeks apart for best results and for optimal collagen regeneration. I prefer to do three and a half weeks apart as this is when we are in the “sweet spot” to produce the most collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is truly one of the most powerful tools an Aesthetician can use in the treatment room to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns effectively.
Contribution by Savanna Boda
Savanna Boda is a licensed medical Aesthetician and acne specialist based in Dallas, Texas with a cult following of 230K on Instagram. Savanna is the founder and owner of Savanna Boda Aesthetics, a medical spa that focuses on ethical and results driven aesthetics! When Savanna is not working with clients, you can find her speaking at tradeshows and mentoring other Aestheticians! Savanna’s passion is educating others on skincare whether it’s in clinic, on social media or at conferences! Savanna is the head ambassador for Skin Pen, head ambassador for Face Reality and an advisory board member for NASNPRO.
Savanna has her own podcast called The Blondest where talks about skincare, business, motherhood, and everything in between!