Microneedling is a straightforward procedure that can boost collagen production and rejuvenate skin. But what, exactly, is microneedling, and how does it improve the appearance of skin?
In short, it’s a minimally invasive procedure that uses equipment with tiny needles to pierce the top layers of the skin in a controlled fashion. These micro-injuries cause a few things to happen. They spur the skin’s repair process and increase the production of collagen, which is a protein that keeps the skin tight and radiant. They also help minimize cellular damage, such as scar tissue.
How does microneedling work?
First, the immune system responds to the piercing by disinfecting the wounds, which removes debris, while increasing blood flow and starting the process of creating new tissue. This can be considered the inflammation phase. The next phase is all about rebuilding, with the development of new cells and new blood vessels. The final phase is remodeling, or replacing the wound with new tissues and blood vessels.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, is usually performed on the face, but it can be applied to most areas of the body. The procedure is cost-effective and relatively painless with minimal recovery time.
Although at-home microneedling devices are available, the needles dull quickly and can’t penetrate the skin as deeply as the high-quality equipment in a dermatologist’s office. As a consequence, at-home results will pale in comparison to those produced by your dermatologist. Sterilizing equipment is routine at medical offices, while at-home devices that are improperly sterilized can injure you.
What can microneedling treat?
Microneedling, at its heart, is a way to remodel the skin. It rejuvenates the skin by smoothening it and creating a soft texture. It can eradicate acne and acne scars, diminish the appearance of fine lines and aging skin, and even out skin discoloration problems like melasma (done with combining with peels).
Who should get microneedling?
People who have considered microdermabrasion but don’t want to wait to see improvements in their skin might opt for microneedling, which typically delivers better results that become apparent in less than a week.
Microneedling is safe for people with any skin tone. With treatments such as laser hair removal, skin pigmentation can be a consideration, but with microneedling, there are no such concerns.
If you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters, tell your dermatologist so you can be given a medication to decrease the risk of triggering an eruption following the procedure.
Microneedling alone can improve skin. In typical cases, three treatments are recommended at monthly intervals for around three months. That said, the careful addition of chemical peels will enhance the results of a microneedling treatment. This is because the microneedles open up micropores, which are channels that allow for safer delivery of the selected peeling agent to a deeper layer of skin, which delivers the best results.
If in doubt about what treatment is best for your situation and goals, book a consultation with Uptown Dermatology.
What to expect during the treatment
With all this talk about microneedles, you might be wondering if this is a painful procedure. A topical numbing agent takes away the sting. Patients report feeling a vibrating sensation during the treatment, which usually takes about 30 minutes.
Following the session, skin will likely be a little red, as with a mild or moderate sunburn. This usually lasts between a few days and a week, depending on how sensitive the skin is. Some patients experience temporary dryness, rough texture, peeling or tenderness as the skin heals to reveal new silky, smooth skin.
Depending on whether you combine the treatment with a peel and how many treatments you get, the results last between one and three months.
As with treatments like laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, following your session you will need to stay out of the sun for several days while your skin heals. When you must spend time outside, sunscreen is imperative. Most patients are advised to apply a moisturizer to help skin heal and prevent it from drying out. Patients should wait a few days before applying makeup.
Being kind to your skin by following the after-care treatment plan and attending the recommended follow-up sessions will help you remodel your skin and give you the silky softness you seek.
Book your microneedling or other cosmetic appointment at Uptown Dermatology today by calling 214-303-1102 or requesting an appointment.
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