Most people eager to improve the texture and tone of their skin in ways that their normal skincare routines cannot. Whether they have stubborn blemishes, fine lines, dark spots, or enlarged pores, even the most effective store-bought products aren’t capable of providing the results they seek. To truly improve the skin, it’s often necessary to cause a small amount of controlled damage at its surface layers. In fact, controlled skin damage is actually the secret premise behind nearly all non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling offers a safe, easy, and comfortable way to create the beautiful, youthful-looking complexion you’ve always wanted.
Performed with a small, hand-held device, microneedling is a relatively quick, in-office procedure that’s designed to refine the skin’s texture and tone. Although a single microneedling treatment can provide remarkable results, most people need two or more microneedling procedures to achieve their cosmetic goals. Over time, these treatments minimize existing blemishes, shrink enlarged pores, fade dark spots, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling also remodels existing collagen stores and stimulates collagenesis. Collagenesis is the production of new, skin-supporting collagen. Over time, this lifts sagging skin, fills in facial hollows, and eliminates facial creasing.
Microneedling Is Safe When Performed By a Licensed Professional
During microneedling, a small wand that’s affixed with several rows of tiny needles is passed over the treatment area. This procedure can be used to address aesthetic concerns across the visage, at the neck, and at the decolletage or upper chest. Each needle creates a tiny, micro-puncture everywhere it lands. These micro-wounds trigger the body’s natural healing process as it rushes to repair its protective covering.
Although microneedling is both effective and safe, these things are only true when microneedling is performed by a licensed professional. Sadly, there are a number of low-cost microneedling appliances that are designed for at-home use. Anyone can purchase these devices online or pick them up at local department stores. However, using these products creates the risk of severe skin infections and severe skin damage that extends all the way down to the underlying collagen layer.
During professional microneedling treatments, high-quality serums are applied to the surface of the skin. When the microneedling wand is passed over the treatment area, these serums able to penetrate the skin at a maximum depth. This delivers skin-renewing antioxidants, nutrients, and phytonutrients down to the skin’s layers that need them most. Here, they’ll support cell renewal, fight infection, and support natural detox and restoration processes.
Professionals estheticians can ensure that:
- The tools used in this process are sterile and in proper working order
- The individual’s skin is safe for microneedling treatment
- The right topical serums are chosen for producing needs-specific improvements
- Patients receive proper aftercare instructions
- Micro-punctures don’t extend too deeply
Given that microneedling is considered a minimally invasive procedure, there is no downtime involved when it’s performed correctly. However, most patients are advised against exposing their skin to direct sunlight during the first several hours after their treatments. It’s also important to limit the application of makeup, avoid exfoliating the skin for several days, and to use the right facial washes and lightweight moisturizers. People often overlook or ignore these instructions when treating themselves.
Microneedling is an excellent treatment for mild to moderate acne scarring. If you have slightly pitted acne scars that have been unresponsive to other scar treatments, this could be the right procedure for you. Stimulating increases in natural collagen production can fill in low or shallow areas. This treatment also limits the appearance of new blackheads, white heads, and cystic acne breakouts so that new scars are less likely to form. Only a licensed esthetician can determine whether acne-prone skin is safe to treat and when it should be treated.
No matter what your cosmetic issues are, it’s important to have your skin treated by a trained professional who understands how to use microneedling tools with minimal risk and maximum benefits. Performing microneedling at home with active skin infections, severe sun damage, or other existing problems can prove disastrous. At-home kits rarely provide in-depth instructions for aftercare, and using them incorrectly can cause far more problems that it resolves.
If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of microneedling, we can help. We offer an impressive range of non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. From reducing fine lines and wrinkles to creating clear, evenly toned skin, we do it all. Give us call today at 205-352-9141 to schedule a consultation appointment.