If you’ve used all the bestselling creams and serums to treat fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or acne marks but haven’t seen the results you are looking for, microneedling might be for you. The name sounds intimidating, but it is a minimally invasive procedure that prompts the body’s natural healing mechanisms to boost collagen and elastin production, leaving your face smoother and more youthful.
A technician or dermatologist uses a micro-fine needle to create tiny pricks in the skin. Once they make the punctures, a healing product is applied to the surface of your skin (usually hyaluronic acid and vitamin c). The product can sink deeper into the skin because of micro-perforations. There are many benefits of microneedling.
Here is what you need to know when you are deciding if microneedling is right for you.
The name is scary. It has the word “needle” in it, so many people may be hesitant to try it because of that alone. However, it’s similar to a dermarolling technique, but it uses a pen with fine needles. Your technician will use a numbing cream to help your comfort level. There should be minimal discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, you can expect to feel like you have a mild sunburn.
It can take time for you to notice a difference in your skin. That’s because your body needs a while to heal. It usually takes more than one treatment to see a change, but you can notice some instant glow once you’ve recovered. Healing time varies from person to person and depends on the size of the needles used (0.5mm to 2mm). It can be anywhere from a couple of days to weeks.
Microneedling does not use heat like a laser, so it is excellent for all skin tones and types. A treatment like this works to fill in acne scars. It can also help clear small clogged pores.
An ideal candidate is someone in good health who has tried other home treatments, knows everything about chemical peels, and is looking for the next level.
The overall cost depends on the area being treated. The treatment is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. However, it is usually cheaper than laser treatment and costs $300 and over per session.
After the recommended number of sessions, you can expect to notice improved firmness, smaller pores, less sagging, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and silkier, collagen-rich skin. Here’s what you can expect after one microneedling treatment.
Did you realize that you can also treat other areas of your body? The procedure can be done anywhere the skin needs smoothing out, like areas with stretch marks or scarring.
It’s not hard to get started if you are looking for a smoother, imperfection-free visage. There are also some microneedling aftercare tips to keep your skin glowing until your next session.
The treatment works for many skin types, but it’s important to let a licensed dermatologist or technician decide if you are a candidate for this procedure. Ask about potential reactions, recovery time, and what you can expect your results to be.
You’ll have to use hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and spritzing sprays to soothe your skin as it heals and to calm any redness. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 during the week following your microneedling session.
Your skin will need time to rejuvenate itself, and that is a process during which it’s best to avoid sweating. That means to stay out of the gym for the day after your procedure. It’s also wise to stay out of the sun to protect your sensitive skin.
A dermaroller is a handheld roller covered in fine needles (0.3 mm or smaller). You roll it on your skin, and it creates tiny punctures in your skin, so your skincare can penetrate deeper.
Dermarollers use the roller head to prick your skin, while microneedling uses vibration (which can help with the pain).
You can perform dermarolling on your own at home, but you need the help of a licensed professional for microneedling.
The needles used in microneedling penetrate the skin vertically. A dermaroller punctures the skin at an angle. This increases the chance of “micro-tears” in the skin and could mean longer recovery or infection.
Also, your dermaroller can build up residue, so it is essential to disinfect it thoroughly. If you don’t properly clean it, it can be a germy nightmare for the skin.
Whether you are looking for how to get rid of dark acne marks, the best treatments for stretch marks, or just wanting to prevent wrinkles, microneedling can work for you. Our professionals will walk you through the procedure during your consultation and make sure you feel comfortable. Our team provides the best in personal care to guarantee that all your skincare needs are met. Schedule a free consultation and get glowing today.