Various types of pigmentation problems can affect your skin. Hyperpigmentation causes areas of your skin to become darker in color. This is the most common type of pigmentation skin issue. However, it is also possible for areas of the skin to become lighter. For example, you may notice white spots on your facial skin.
You may be experiencing pigmentation issues for various reasons. While sun exposure and the aging process are the most common reasons for dealing with pigmentation issues, problems like hormonal changes or taking certain medications can cause this problem as well.
Many have seen the benefits of microneedling to address facial skin issues. It is often referred to as the jack of all trades because it can address rough, dull, and dry skin and reduce skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. You may wonder if microneedling could be effective when used for hyperpigmentation.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is used to encourage cell turnover and boost the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. It can address a wide range of issues because when new cells are produced, they do not have the same blemishes as the skin that is now close to the surface. Additionally, collagen and elastin are essential proteins that help the skin stay plump and attractive.
Treatment sessions are relatively short. They last about 20 to 30 minutes. After a numbing cream is applied to the area that will receive treatment, a skincare professional uses a handheld device with many fine needles. When the device is used, the skin is punctured several times. These micro-injuries benefit the skin because they encourage the skin to produce collagen and other beneficial proteins.
Can Microneedling Be Used for Hyperpigmentation?
For many individuals, the answer is yes. Microneedling can reduce hyperpigmentation. It breaks up the pigment below the surface of the skin. However, if you would like to get the best results, it is beneficial to use other treatments along with microneedles. For example, many individuals have benefited from using skin whitening products along with microneedling to even out the tone of the skin.
A major factor that will influence the outcome a person gets when using microneedling for hyperpigmentation is where the hyperpigmentation resides in the skin. If it resides in the epidermis, it will respond to this treatment. Also, chemical peels can be beneficial. However, as the problem gets deeper into the skin and affects the dermis, it becomes more challenging to address the problem. While microneedling will likely work, you are going to need more treatments to get the results you are looking for.
It is important to always protect your skin from the sun. When trying to treat hyperpigmentation, wear a hat and use sunscreen. If you do not follow this advice, you are likely to see the hyperpigmentation reappear.
Will Microneedling Damage the Skin or Cause It to Change Colors?
Before using any treatment, it is beneficial to understand how it works and know the benefits and risks. The good news is that discoloration is rare with microneedling. However, it is possible. Before having the treatment done, talk with your dermatologist about the steps that should be taken to avoid skin discoloration. For example, a needle no longer than 1.5 mm should be used. Also, your dermatologist will likely recommend using a vitamin C-based skincare product after treatment or a lightening product to brighten your skin.
How Often Can the Treatment Be Performed?
If you are dealing with hyperpigmentation, you likely want the problem resolved as quickly as possible. While you will likely see great results with microneedling, the treatment does not provide an instant cure. Most individuals need 6 to 8 treatments that are spread over several months before they get the results they are looking for.
Those who have sensitive skin may need to schedule sessions less frequently. After an initial consultation, the dermatologist will be able to set up a plan to help you effectively address your hyperpigmentation.
Would you like to know more about how hyperpigmentation can be addressed using microneedling? Would you like to know if you are a good candidate for the treatment? If so, call us today at 205-352-9141.