By increasing the production of collagen, microneedling thickens and plumps the skin. Also known as collagen induction therapy, micro-needling is an increasingly popular way to not only address various cosmetic imperfections but to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. This procedure can be used virtually anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly used on the face, neck, arms, and décolleté.
Since it’s so safe and gentle, collagen induction therapy can be performed on all skin types. While very fine needles are used to create microscopic channels in the skin, the procedure causes only mild discomfort. Side effects are minimal and very temporary.
Benefits of Microneedling
The Microneedling Procedure
The microneedling procedure is fast, easy, and virtually pain-free. An automated, handheld device is used to administer the treatment. Depending on the type of device, your skin may be moistened with water just before treatment. No anesthetic is needed. Based on your unique treatment plan, the specialist will use the device, which features several tiny needles, to create microchannels, or punctures, in the skin. The repair process starts almost immediately.
Home Care and Recovery
Most patients report that microneedling feels more like being lightly scratched with sandpaper than poked by small needles. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience a small amount of pinpoint bleeding and redness at the treatment area. This is very temporary and should subside within a day or two. No special aftercare is needed, but patients are usually advised to avoid applying products that contain acid to the skin for a week or two.
Results from Microneedling
Many people notice results from microneedling immediately after undergoing the procedure. However, most people need three to six treatments to achieve their desired results. The larger or deeper the imperfection is, the more treatments are typically required. Because this process boosts the production of collagen as well as elastin, the appearance of the skin often continues to improve over an extended period of time.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling works by creating tiny, microscopic channels, or holes, in the skin with a device that is covered in tiny needles. This prompts the skin to begin healing itself, which also promotes the increased production of collagen and elastin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The channels created during the microneedling procedure kick-start the skin’s natural healing process. However, no tissue is destroyed, and the microscopic punctures close up quickly. At this time, collagen and elastin production is increased in the affected area. This results in a thicker dermis, or skin, as well as softened scars and wrinkles.
The results are natural, virtually no risk, effective and affordable to increase volume, firmness, and even skin tone!
How Long Does It Take?
The length of time that it takes to complete a microneedling treatment depends on various factors including the severity of the imperfection as well as the size of the area that is being treated. In most cases, however, this procedure can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour, so there is no need to set aside an entire day for treatment.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
There is no real recovery period involved with microneedling. At the very most, you may experience some redness and pinprick bleeding in the area where the device was used. The bleeding should subside almost immediately, but it may take a few days for the redness to go away. Many people describe the aftermath as being akin to having a sunburn. No special aftercare is generally required as the redness will subside on its own before too long.
Micro-needling can be performed on all parts of the body
It’s essential to use an SPF30+ sunscreen every day and avoid sun exposure or any other form of tanning prior to treatment
o Avoid sun exposure or any other form of tanning and use an SPF30+ sunscreen every day.
o Soothe your skin by using the specialized post-care products recommended until the area has settled completely.
o Do not use any hash cleansing agents such as soap or foaming cleansers. Do not use any products containing any active ingredients or exfoliates for at least four days after treatment. This includes: AHA’s (Glycolic and Lactic Acids) BHA’s (Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, Benzoyl Peroxide, Vitamin A, and Retinol).
o Avoid any highly perfumed products or cosmetics for at least four days.
o We also advise that patients refrain from performing the following activities until at least 48 hours after skin needling treatment: