Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to treat scar tissue, lax skin, wrinkles, and large pores by increasing collagen production. It sounds scary and it does involve needles piercing the skin but the needles are very fine and short, and only mildly uncomfortable. And the advantages of the procedure greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling works by making controlled micro-injuries in your skin, which your body will then heal while producing collagen. More collagen means smoother, younger looking skin.
Which skin problem can benefit the most with microneedling?
The biggest transformation I see is on acne scarring, which speaks very highly of the process because that’s deep scarring/pitting. It does wonders on overall anti-aging and hyperpigmented skin [skin with dark spots. It's also a great procedure to improve the appearance of fine lines, skin tone, and texture, and can even improve the appearance of stretch marks.
What happens during a microneedling treatment?
Typically, a microneedling treatment begins with the practitioner taking before pictures of the treatment area, then applying a numbing cream. Once the area is numb, the practitioner performs the microneedlingtreatment with a special microneedling pen. Vibrating microneedling pens use an automated stamping motion to create controlled injuries with tiny needles. The treatment takes about 20–30 minutes. After the microneedling a 100% pure hyaluronic acid serum is applied, which is said to penetrate more deeply into the skin because of the needles.
The treatment is fairly comfortable due to the topical numbing cream that is applied prior to treatment. You might feel some tiny pin pricks, as some areas of the face are more sensitive than others. Overall, it's a very tolerable procedure. I topically numb the skin for 15–20 minutes prior to microneedling so that there is no discomfort.
The downtime is about 3 to 5 days. According. On days 1 to 3, it may look like you have a sunburn, and your skin may feel tight, dry, swollen, or sensitive to the touch. On days 3 to 5, your skin should start to return to its normal tone and any swelling should subside, though there is still the possibility of some minor peeling or flaking. to this item.
It all depends on what you're trying to treat. Acne scars typically require as many as six treatments, with treatments spaced four weeks apart. Those who just want to improve the overall tone and texture of their skin can usually get great results in about three treatments. It is highly recommended to commit to three or six treatments separated by 4 weeks