What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin health. The procedure involves using a microneedling pen, which is a small device with tiny needles that penetrate the top layer of the skin.
The process of microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process. As a result, the body produces more collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for skin health. Collagen helps to improve the strength and elasticity of the skin, while elastin helps to maintain skin’s firmness and suppleness.
During a microneedling session, the Master Esthetician will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area to ensure that the patient is comfortable during the procedure. The microneedling pen is then gently passed over the skin in a specific pattern, creating tiny punctures in the skin. The procedure can take up to an hour depending on the size of the treatment area.
After the microneedling session, the skin may be red and slightly swollen, but this usually resolves within a few days. It is important to avoid sun exposure and use a high SPF sunscreen for several days following the treatment. Most patients will notice an improvement in their skin’s texture and appearance within a few weeks of their initial treatment, with optimal results achieved after a series of treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
Overall, microneedling is a safe and effective way to improve skin health and appearance. By stimulating the body’s natural healing process, patients can achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin without the need for more invasive procedures. It is important to consult with a licensed Master Esthetician to determine if microneedling is the right option for your skin concerns.
Skin Needling aka Microneedling/Microchanneling may help with issues like:
- Stimulates collagen production, which can improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
- Reduces the size of pores and improves the overall texture of the skin.
- Helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots by breaking up excess melanin in the skin.
- Can improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen production in the affected areas.
- May help to reduce hair loss by promoting hair growth through increased blood flow to the hair follicles.
- Can improve the appearance of sun damage by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
- Provides a non-invasive option for addressing skin concerns with little to no downtime.
- It’s important to note that results may vary depending on the individual and their specific skin or hair concern. It’s always a good idea to consult with a licensed dermatologist or skincare professional to determine if microneedling is a good option for you.
Skin Needling is less expensive than laser treatments, which can cost about four times as much. Collagen Induction Therapy may work better for people with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way laser treatments do, which can affect your skin’s pigmentation, or color. Ask your skin therapist, Melissa Meltingtallow what’s best for your skin — and your budget.
Microneedling Healing and Risks
Some things to think about before deciding to try it:
It’s not a quick fix. It takes time to notice a difference. That’s because your body is healing itself. Most people need a few treatments before they see any change.
Healing time. It may take days or weeks to heal, depending on how deep the needles pierce your skin.
Pain and redness. You may have some minor pain after the procedure, and your skin may be red for a few days.
Peeling. Your skin may feel tight and flake a bit while it heals.
Bruising and bleeding. There’s usually no bleeding during microneedling. But deep microneedling treatments may cause the skin to bleed or bruise.
Possible scarring. Microneedling isn’t a good idea for people who’ve had keloids, scars that look like large bubbles on the skin. It could make the condition worse.
Infection. Microneedling creates tiny holes in the skin, which could let germs enter, especially if the equipment isn’t cleaned well. But the risk of infection is very low. If you’re healthy, an infection from microneedling is unlikely.
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure, so insurance doesn’t cover it. Your doctor will tell you how many treatments you need, and give you an idea of how much they’ll cost.
Microneedling Safety and Costs
Microneedling is considered safe. But like any procedure, it has risks.
You could have an allergic reaction to the cream or serum that goes on your skin after the microneedling. And the wounds might get infected if you don’t keep your skin clean. You should stay away from places that could have lots of germs, like swimming pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. And don’t use irritating soaps and lotions.