Why Microneedling is our new favorite procedure
Microneedling, also known as skin needling and collagen induction therapy, is quickly becoming the next big thing in the world of cosmetic treatments, and for good reason. It’s a skin rejuvenation procedure that is minimally invasive and can help address a variety of issues, all of which are designed to improve the appearance of the skin and make you look younger and more vibrant. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions we get about the procedure…
What Conditions Does Microneedling Address?
The most common reasons why many people choose to undergo the procedure is to reduce pore size, reduce acne scars, reduce fine lines, reduce wrinkles and achieve overall younger looking skin. Additionally, it can also address issues with loose or sagging skin as the microneedling procedure has been proven to improve skin texture and firmness. Additionally, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular procedures employed for scar treatment— most specifically, acne scar treatment.
How Does Microneedling Work?
When the skin becomes injured, it naturally attempts to heal itself by producing more collagen and elastin. Both of these are essential for the appearance of younger looking skin since they help the skin regenerate and rejuvenate itself. The process of needling basically applies this concept with the assistance of a microneedling pen that will prompt the production of additional collagen and elastin. Tiny needle wounds are created in the skin, and in response to the new collagen and elastin that the skin produces, the pricked areas plump and help reduce the appearance of scars and other skin issues by prompting the processes of neovascularization and neocollagenesis.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
First, the skin has to be prepped for the procedure. This is done by thoroughly cleansing the skin and then applying a numbing cream onto it. The numbing cream is used to minimize any discomfort that the patient might feel during the microneedling process. Most professionals will also apply a collagen-stimulating product that contain Hyaluronic Acid, a serum that contains Vitamin C or a skin lightener to control pigmentation before proceeding with the procedure. All of these products help provide optimum results, and the one that your cosmetic surgeon chooses to use depends, in part, upon the reason why you are undergoing the procedure. For instance, people who are undergoing microneedling in hopes of minimizing sun damage would most likely have the skin lightener applied to their skin beforehand.
Then, the actual procedure begins. It’s performed with a pen-like device that features needles approximately 2mm in size. The tiny needles are used to pierce the skin, and professional needles have multiple speed settings and adjustable depth lengths for their needles so that cosmetic surgeons can control how the needles pierce the skin’s layers. For optimum results, many surgeons attempt to pierce the skin at 90 degree angles because this allows for better absorption of the cosmetic products applied to the skin. After the procedure is completed, then soothing Vitamin C serums and Hyaluronic Acid are applied to the skin to help soothe it, hydrate and protect the skin while jump starting the healing process.
What Should I Expect After the Procedure
After most people undergo scar removal via the microneedling procedure, they can expect their skin to be red and mildly swollen in a manner that’s comparable to a mild sunburn. These symptoms usually only last for one to two days. Still, some people might also experience minimal bleeding and bruising where the needles were inserted. Results from the procedure will usually begin to appear anywhere from two to four weeks after undergoing it. Within this period, patients might begin to notice that their skin feels smoother and looks more radiant, but the full effects of the microneedling procedure won’t be seen until a few months later when the skin has fully healed and rejuvenated itself.
How Often Should the Microneedling Procedure be Repeated?
Patients can undergo the microneedling procedure safely every four to six weeks, but it’s usually recommended that patients only begin with a series of three treatments with four to six weeks in between each treatment. Typically, patients wanted to induce collagen production only have to undergo three treatments every year or two, whereas those seeking scar removal usually have to undergo anywhere between three and six treatments every year or two. However, the number of treatments that you require depends greatly upon how you respond to the treatments as well as how serious the skin conditions you’re seeking to treat are.
Are There Any Side Effects?
One of the most advantageous aspects about the microneedling procedure is that there are virtually no side effects. Plus, the risk of post-operative infection is extremely low when the procedure is conducted in a professional, sterile environment.
Can I Do the Procedure At Home?
Although many “at-home” skin needling and microneedling products have hit the market, these products do not provide the results that professionals do. The pens themselves aren’t as sophisticated as professional ones, and most common users lack the knowledge to know how deep the needles should be inserted for maximum results. Therefore, it’s best to entrust this procedure to a professional.
No matter whether you’re looking for a solution for how to shrink pores or simply looking for a way to promote younger, healthier-looking skin, the microneedling procedure serves as an effective pore minimizer, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and also can help rejuvenate and refresh your skin’s appearance overall. It’s a relatively painless process thanks to the numbing cream that’s applied prior to the procedure, and it’s safe to use on all skin types, so anyone can reap its benefits.