Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that involves using a device with fine needles to create punctures on your skin. This is done to stimulate collagen production and improve your overall skin appearance. It is a treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and acne scars.
Here’s how it works:
The Microneedling device creates tiny pictures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process. This process then stimulates collagen production, which helps plump up the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The tiny wounds created by the needles also help improve the appearance of acne and stretch marks.
It is typically done by a trained professional and takes around 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the scope of the treatment. The recovery time is usually minimal, and little to no downtime is required.
What Are the Popular Benefits of Microneedling Treatment?
Improves Skin Texture and Tone
Microneedling improves the overall appearance of the skin by stimulating collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives your skin its structure and elasticity. However, our bodies produce less collagen as we age, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. By creating these tiny skin punctures, Microneedling triggers the body’s natural healing process, which then increases the collagen production in our bodies.
This process helps to plump the skin and improve its overall texture, tone, and firmness. Additionally, the minor wounds created by the fine needles help improve the skin’s ability to absorb topical skincare products, allowing the skin to experience its effectiveness fully.
The Microneedling process is used to treat specific skin concerns, including the following:
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars
- Encourages growth of new cells
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
- Decreases the appearance of age spots
You must always note that this procedure is not suitable for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin or active acne. Those with hormonal acne are also not recommended. It is important to always discuss your specific skin concerns and medical history with a licensed professional before you undergo the treatment.
Stimulates Collagen Production
As mentioned, the tiny punctures made by the microneedling device with fine needles stimulate collagen production. The micro-injuries in the skin trigger the body’s natural healing process same with it also gets triggered when you get a wound. As the skin heals, it produces collagen, a protein that gives the skin its structure and strength. Collagen production is increased as it does its best to repair the micro-injuries that were done by the needles, leading to a thickening of the skin. Thus, this process reduces the appearance of those micro-injuries, including acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
How Does Increased Collagen Production Affect the Skin?
Additionally, increased collagen can lead to firmer, more youthful-looking skin, which is responsible for maintaining its structure and firmness. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen also gives the skin its elasticity, which is the ability to allow it to stretch and move around without breaking. As a person ages, collagen production decreases, and skin becomes less elastic, causing the skin to sag and the appearance of wrinkles.
On another note, collagen also keeps the skin hydrated. It binds to water molecules keeping the skin plump and hydrated. This results in a more youthful-looking appearance due to how firm and hydrated the skin is.
Overall, it’s also important to remember that collagen production is a gradual process, and multiple sessions of Microneedling are necessary to see visible results. On another note, aside from triggering collagen production, the micro-injuries brought on by the fine needles of a Microneedling device also create channels in the skin, allowing for better absorption of topically applied skincare products. Once they are absorbed better, you will experience the full benefits of these skincare products.
Minimizes Pore Size
Microneedling also helps minimize the appearance of pores by promoting elastin and collagen production in the skin. Pores can appear more significant when the skin is stretched or damaged and even when the skin is dehydrated. As the skin is punctured with these Microneedling needles, it creates tiny channels in the skin, allowing for better absorption of topical skin care products such as the following:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin C
These products help reduce the appearance of pores and remove dead skin cells by promoting cell turnover, which unclogs pores.
However, you must never forget that this procedure alone does not drastically minimize your skin’s enlarged pores, mainly if genetic factors or hormonal imbalances cause them. Suppose you combine the Microneedling procedure with a proper skincare routine and regular maintenance. In that case, this process helps to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin, making those pores less noticeable.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal downtime compared to other treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
However, you must know that after the procedure, the skin may be red, swollen, and sensitive for a couple of hours to a day, depending on the patient and the depth of the used needles. Generally, it is highly advised to avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercises or activities within 24-48 hours after the procedure. In addition, you must also not use any exfoliating and harsh products for at least two days to a week.
You may commonly experience slight bleeding and skin flaking post-treatment, mostly mild and short-lived. Most patients return to normal activities a few days after their procedure, resuming their schedule.
In contrast, chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments can result in significant redness, swelling, and downtime from around seven days to weeks of recovery. Thus, these treatments have a higher risk of complications and side effects.
Overall, Microneedling is a non-invasive and effective cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the skin. It provides an effective way to improve the health and appearance of the skin with little to no downtime.
With Microneedling, take control of your skin’s health and appearance today. With its power, experience a brighter, smoother, youthful complexion and an even more confident “you.” Don’t wait; book your appointment today and see the difference. Your skin deserves this pampering!