What Is Microneedling?

If you decide you would like to try a non-surgical treatment to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin, microneedling can give you the results you’re looking for.  Microneedling can make your skin smoother, tighter, and more even-toned.  But what is microneedling?

Microneedling

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment that rejuvenates the skin by encouraging the production of new collagen.  

Collagen is an essential component of healthy, youthful-looking skin.  It is a structural protein that works alongside elastin to enhance the texture and elasticity of the skin.  

Microneedling is primarily performed on the face but can be done on other parts of the body. 

It typically takes 3-6 microneedling treatments to achieve the best results.  The sessions are spaced at least four weeks apart. 

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling is performed using a small handheld device with tiny needles that create micro-injuries in the skin.  These micro-injuries initiate the skin’s wound healing response, which results in the release of growth factors and the production of new tissue rich in collagen and elastin.   

The needles penetrate the skin at a surface level, so while patients may feel some pressure during treatment, the procedure is not painful. 

The micro-injuries created during microneedling heal very quickly because it is a fractional treatment that only affects a fraction of the skin’s surface.   Because of this, the healthy skin around each micro-injury helps to speed up healing and minimize downtime. 

Microneedling can be uncomfortable, so a topical numbing cream is applied 30 minutes before treatment to minimize any discomfort. 

What To Expect After Treatment

There is typically some redness and mild inflammation for a few hours after microneedling.  The redness may last up to 3 days, but patients can usually resume regular activities the day after treatment.  

As the skin renewal begins, the skin will be noticeably softer, smoother, and more radiant. 

What Skin Conditions Can Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling is mainly used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars.  It is also helpful for skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores. 

Benefits Of Microneedling

  • Anti-Aging

Microneedling makes you look more youthful because it smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  The increase in collagen that microneedling provides helps tone and tighten the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, which makes the skin looks smoother and more youthful.

  • Enhances The Penetration Of Products

When skin serums are applied topically post microneedling, they penetrate deeper than usual because of the tiny channels created during treatment.  Since the active ingredients can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, they work more efficiently and provide better results.

  • Safe For All Skin Types

Microneedling is safe for all skin tones and skin types.  There is no risk of hyperpigmentation when microneedling is used on darker skin tones, as there is minimal irritation and the procedure is not heat-based.  For best results, microneedling should be performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. 

Are You A Good Candidate For Microneedling?

If you would like to achieve smoother, brighter skin or correct skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, microneedling may be the ideal solution for you.  

Microneedling is an affordable option for individuals looking to regain youthful-looking skin without undergoing surgery.   Patients should also be in good overall health.  However, microneedling is not recommended for people with active acne and other skin infections. 

If you are ready to restore the youthful glow to your skin, microneedling can treat a range of skin concerns and make your dull, lackluster skin appear clear and glowing. 

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