As we age, a lot of physical changes occur and this does not exempt anyone. This is one of the reasons why anti-aging products and services have become popular. Facelifts, breast augmentations, and Botox are just some of the anti-aging options you can have when you want to look younger than your age but, if you’re aiming to try something new, you can consider microneedling.
What Is Microneedling?
Whether you want to improve the appearance of wrinkles or scars, encourage hair growth, or stimulate collagen production, microneedling is one of the best options. This minimally invasive practice has started in the 90’s but has only become popular recently — thanks to the latest technology and Internet that draw attention to the treatment. Although a bit bloody, microneedling claims to make the skin younger, smoother, and healthier.
As the name suggests, it rejuvenates the skin by using “micro” or fine needles to create controlled wounds. Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), or skin needling. One of the most popular tools (and the most affordable, too) is the dermaroller. It is comprised of very fine needles that are about 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters in diameter. Despite the presence of blood and needles, the punctures are only skin deep and are less likely to provide discomfort.
Benefits Of Microneedling And Who Can Have It
Microneedling is more than just a fad in skin care; in fact, it started for over 20 years ago and there’s a lot of reasons why, such as improving the skin texture, acne scarring, loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, brown spots, pigment concerns, and the size of the pore.
Anyone who wants to achieve a younger, firmer, smoother skin can have this but like other treatments, it’s best to consult your doctor or certified aestheticians first. Meanwhile, if you have lesions, active infections, or active acne, it’s best to avoid this treatment first to avoid irritation. The procedure might only make your acne more inflamed, thus it’s ideal to wait until your skin has fully recovered first.
What Happens During Microneedling?
Microneedling is more than just poking the skin; it creates tiny trauma to encourage the body to produce collagen and elastin. These healing agents will aid in repairing the cuts, making the skin look tighter, firmer, and slicker. The sun alone breaks down the collagen in our skin and age is just another factor. As we grow older, the production of this protein slows down and microneedling is the perfect intervention to stimulate it.
After microneedling, your skin will be able to absorb skincare products easier. This is good news if you have a normal skin since you can rip off the benefits from the essentials you are using. However, if you have sensitive skin, you must be careful when applying serums or creams. Avoid topical products with active ingredients to avoid irritation. Remember, your skin is already inflamed after the treatment and applying these may only cause damage.
How Long Does It Take To See The Results?
Microneedling offers immediate results. It can make your skin look rosy, plump, and luminous even right after the procedure. Clients who have undergone this treatment noticed that their skin has become more radiant from swelling and inflammation. Meanwhile, results like smoother and younger-looking skin will become visible after a week and will continue to look better after following treatments.
Like other procedures, it will require you to have more sessions than one to achieve the skin you wanted. For instance, to increase the production of elastin and collagen, you need to at least have 4 sessions with a one-month interval. If you have deep wrinkles or scarring, you might be required to have more treatments. If you want to know more about this, you can contact us or book an appointment on our website now.
Microneedling Is Best Paired With Other Skincare Products Or Treatments
To get best results, experts recommend to pair microneedling with lasers and/or topical essentials like anti-aging serum or cream. While skin needling provides wonders in the skin, this alone cannot give much when it comes to long-term results.
What Are The Risks?
Unlike other treatments, such as peeling, skin needling has lower risks. However, if you’re planning to have this treatment in the future, you should know that there’s still a chance for your skin to experience bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring, and pigment problems.