Everyone wants smooth, firm, and toned skin. A healthier and more youthful appearance has firm skin without lines, deep wrinkles, or oversized pores. Microneedling can offer the improvements needed, and the easy recovery and minimal risk of side effects make it a procedure suitable for nearly everyone.
Poking the Skin
Microneedling uses a tool called a dermaroller. The small device has a roller at one end that holds dozens of tiny needles. The technician grasps the device handle and rolls the needled end gently across the skin. The needles puncture the skin as they roll across the body. The superficial injuries do not cause pain or scarring but are enough to stimulate the body’s healing process. The process boosts collagen production, forms red blood cells, and speeds up skin growth.
Increase Youthful Appearance
The body releases extra collagen for a few days following the treatment. Collagen helps to make skin firmer and increases elasticity. Wrinkles will appear less noticeable from the collagen boost. Collagen production is a natural process, but it slows as people age. Microneedling helps the skin to return to its prior speed of production for a few days. The firmness and slight plumping from the collagen can also help to shrink the appearance of pores.
Lessen Old Scars
The collagen increase may reduce the appearance of old scars. Small scars from cuts, acne, and more can become less noticeable as the skin heals. Small blemishes may disappear after one treatment. Large scars will need repeated visits and may not disappear but usually fade dramatically.
Boost Skin Health
The production of red blood cells and more collagen can improve skin health as well as appearance. Many people notice a fresh, youthful glow to their skin a few days after their microneedling treatment. The repair of the upper layer of the skin can help to reduce existing acne. The automatic healing process helps, but microneedling also creates tiny holes in the skin. The holes make it easier to absorb acne medications, as well as other creams and serums.
Avoid Some Treatments
Microneedling often improves the skin as much as a chemical or laser peel. The treatment causes some redness and mild irritation, but it does not require the downtime needed after a peel. The skin will usually look glowing and without irritation around three days after microneedling, unlike up to three weeks for some peels.
Include Other Treatments
Dermaplaning and microneedling work well together and can make topical creams and serums more effective. Talk to the technician to learn what other procedures or treatments pair well with microneedling.
Use with Caution
Not everyone can safely undergo microneedling. People with skin conditions like psoriasis, cold sores, or severe acne may worsen their condition. Pregnant women should avoid microneedling because it switches the body into repair mode and may reduce the number of vitamins and minerals available for the baby. Always talk to a doctor before microneedling if any skin condition exists or if affected with a bleeding disorder or severe illness.
Microneedling appointments should take place every three to four weeks for the best result. People with sensitive skin should avoid or restrict the use of acidic or exfoliating products while their skin heals. After treatment, the skin could experience a side effect known as hyper-pigmentation. Limiting exposure to sunlight reduces the risk.