When some people hear about microneedling for the first time, it can make them feel a little nervous. The idea of having needles injected into the skin sounds like a thing of nightmares. However, it produces fantastic results for individuals who want healthier and more youthful-looking skin. Many skincare professionals even refer to it as a jack of all trades when addressing skin imperfections.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling is a simple treatment. Fine needles are repeatedly inserted into the skin’s surface to create micro-injuries. The needles are usually 1 mm, 2 mm, or 3 mm long. The needle length will depend on your skin type, the results you are looking for, and other factors. As your skin heals these micro-injuries, fibroblasts bring the skin back together. Elastin and collagen are produced during the healing process. This treatment is often referred to as collagen induction therapy because of the way this protein increases rapidly in areas where micro-injuries have occurred.
As collagen is created, your skin’s structure and suppleness will return to a more youthful condition. It is a great option for individuals who are dealing with moderate skin laxity, some types of scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. Microneedling is also beneficial for dealing with redness, dryness, sun damage, blemishes, and dullness because it encourages cellular turnover. As the micro-wounds heal, new skin cells are produced. It refreshes the appearance of your skin as blemishes are reduced.
How Often Can Microneedling Be Performed?
It is possible to get results from one microneedling session. Your skin may be slightly irritated after the treatment. However, it will look smoother and more youthful about four weeks after the treatment. The treatment can be repeated often to produce lasting results. Some dermatologists recommend that individuals with scarring, wrinkles, skin laxity, sun damage, and other issues schedule 6 to 8 treatment sessions every 4 to 6 weeks.
Several factors will influence how often microneedling is recommended for you. For example, your age and skin condition will influence how quickly your skin will heal after microneedling. Those who have sensitive skin usually need to wait for a longer period after having the treatment done. Another factor is the needles that are used during your treatment. You will likely be able to schedule sessions more often if 1 mm needles are used because your skin will heal more quickly. However, if longer needles are used, you will need to wait more time for the skin to heal. While you may not be able to schedule visits as frequently when using longer needles, you may get better results since the treatment will go deeper into your skin.
Is There a Good Age For Having Microneedling Done?
This treatment can be used on men and women at any age. It can be used on younger individuals who want to address skin blemishes, light acne scarring, and uneven textured skin. Mature individuals can use it to fight the aging process. Most dermatologists recommend that individuals start this treatment when they are young. The younger you are when you begin microneedling, the longer you can enjoy youthful-looking skin.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Microneedling Treatments
You may need to stop taking certain medications or supplements the week before your treatment. Doing so will reduce the likelihood of bruising and bleeding when you have microneedling done. It is also beneficial to stop using skin exfoliation treatments a few days before microneedling. Your microneedling treatment will likely last 20 to 30 minutes. It involves a professional applying a topical numbing cream before the treatment. Once your skin is numb, the treatment will begin. You will be able to return to normal activities after the microneedling session. However, you should wait at least 24 hours before wearing makeup. Also, you should avoid steam, harsh cleansers, and hot water.
Is Microneedling Right For You?
While this treatment works for individuals with various types of skin and skin concerns, it is not right for everyone. The best way to find out if you can get healthier and more attractive skin with microneedling is by scheduling a consultation with a skincare professional. If you are ready to get started, contact us today at 205-352-9141.