When we acquire injuries, scars, and wounds, we automatically think about pain and suffering. It is rare to think that these inflicted pains are healthy because their root cause is not. However, since the innovation of beauty and facial regimens are tricky and scientifically genius, wounding and its natural healing process is proven beneficial. And we are not talking about accidentally harming yourself, but intentionally doing it through professional and medical help. If you have heard about unusual ways of beautifying yourself, Microneedling is one. But the good news is, even though it is uncommon, it is safe and effective!
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) encourages collagen production in the skin. It is a minimally-invasive procedure used to create micro-punctures through sterilized needles. As we know, collagen is a vital component of the skin as it helps it stay youthful and hydrated. The increase in collagen also produces a wide range of skin health benefits.
According to studies, the skin’s natural healing process helps reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots. It is also excellent in improving skin elasticity. It is also said that the procedure promotes hair growth for people with alopecia.
It is vital to know that microneedling only produces tiny wounds, making them easy to heal faster.
How does Microneedling benefit me?
Microneedling does not only trigger the production of one of the most essential components in having healthy skin, but it also has tons of benefits you can indulge with:
- The procedure reduces the appearance of scars and acne scars.
- It reduces pore size.
- It firms and tightens the skin.
- It fades hyperpigmentation.
- It improves the appearance of stretch marks.
- It enhances skin elasticity.
- It promotes hair growth for people with alopecia.
- It smooths out uneven skin tone.
- It eliminates the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Another significant advantage is that microneedling is more affordable than other therapies like laser therapy. Some people may not fit in a laser treatment because it involves heat usage, which may negatively affect your skin’s pigmentation.
Moreover, people with dark skin are good for microneedling since laser therapies are particular to skin colors and types.
Cost, side effects, results, and safety
A microneedling session may cost anywhere from $200 – $800, depending on the extent and number of treatments needed. A light session may only cost $150. Since microneedling is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance, but your provider can structure a payment plan for you to get the treatment at a more affordable price.
Like other facial treatments, microneedling has side effects, including bruising, peeling, infection, and bleeding. You may also experience possible scarring, pain, and redness in your skin may feel pain after the procedure, and it may turn red for a few days.
The results for microneedling may vary based on the skin condition being treated and the treatment plan used. However, it is said that the skin will continuously produce collagen for three to six months after the treatment. You will see the initial results four to six weeks after getting the procedure.
The number of sessions also varies per patient. There are cases where two sessions were enough to improve post-acne scarring. Generally, professionals recommend four to six sessions for more optimal effects.
Microneedling is proven to be safe and excellent for most patients. Several dermatologists and aestheticians recommend choosing in-office microneedling compared to do-it-yourself versions because the risk of hurting yourself is high, and needle sterilization may not be as efficient.
How does Microneedling work?
The treatment works by stimulating collagen production through the tiny pricks of sterilized needles that create minor injuries. Your skin responds to these slight injuries by creating new collagen-rich tissue.
The new skin tissue created is more even in texture and tone, and this results in making the skin firmer. It is also customizable, as you can combine it with other topical serums, platelet-rich plasma, and radiofrequency.
It has been said that micro needling is also good with peptides. A peptide is a type of amino acid that is a building block for proteins in the skin. By collagen and elastin production, tissue repair, and wound healing, peptides can tighten the skin, reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, and fade hyperpigmentation. Since micro needling involves wound creation, peptides accelerate the healing process and minimize downtimes like redness and swelling.
Who is Microneedling for?
Generally, microneedling procedures are safe for people who are healthy in their overall well-being. It also has less downtime and is minimally invasive. However, microneedling may not suit patients with moderate to severe eczema and psoriasis, active acne, and acne medications.
Additionally, you may think twice about getting micro-needling treatment if you have an unstable skin type and keloid scarring. Pregnant women who are eyeing a micro-needling procedure should be checked by their obstetrician before proceeding to the treatment. It is recommended to talk to your provider to minimize risks and side effects.
What is the procedure for Microneedling?
Before the proper micro-needling procedure, your provider may ask you to stop taking medications like ibuprofen and acne treatments like Accutane because this will increase the scarring from the procedure. Before the treatment, you will also be asked to stop using exfoliants and retinoids.
Forty-five minutes to an hour before the procedure, your doctor will start applying a topical numbing anesthetic in treatment areas which will numb your skin throughout the process. During the procedure, your provider will start creating small pricks using a pen-like tool with sterilized and tiny needles. They will move the device evenly across the skin for approximately half an hour. The procedure will be sealed by applying calming treatment or growth serum.
You can immediately go back to your daily routine after the procedure. However, let your skin heal before applying makeup. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun so ensure to be protected with sunscreen. Waiting for a week before sunlight and harsh chemical exposure is still recommended.
You can extract the best from microneedling when you go to a medical spa that prioritizes your needs. Opulent Aesthetics and Wellness INC is dedicated to helping patients to enhance and preserve their natural beauty.
Are you ready to reverse those skin issues and restore a fresher and more youthful vibe? Contact a medical spa waiting around the corner!