Skin imperfections, such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, skin discoloration, and stretch marks, can negatively affect your appearance and consequently hurt your self-confidence. The good news is that these imperfections can be reduced through several minimally invasive techniques, microneedling being one of the most popular ones.
But what is microneedling, and what does it entail? Below are some of the most important things you need to know about microneedling.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that is used to address skin imperfection by stimulating the production of collagen. The procedure essentially involves pricking the skin using sterilized needles to create micro-injuries. Your body responds to these traumas by producing more collagen. In addition to promoting the healing process, collagen rejuvenates the skin and makes it look smoother, firmer, and more toned. In the end, microneedling should improve the appearance of skin imperfections such as acne scars, large pores, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and dark spots.
What Microneedling Involves
Microneedling is usually performed by dermatologists or aestheticians. To minimize discomfort, a numbing cream is applied to the patient’s face. Once your face is numb, the microneedling device, containing dozens of ultra-thin needles, is moved across the treatment area with the needles penetrating the skin at different depths.
Lastly, a cream or serum is applied to the treatment area.
The whole process should take between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated. However, you may need to go for several sessions to see more dramatic results. Your provider should come up with a treatment plan that will adequately address your concerns and achieve optimal results.
It is important to note that the results are not immediate. Indeed, the procedure simply kickstarts the healing process that prompts your body to produce more collagen and send it to the area that has been treated. Collagen then helps to smooth out wrinkles and improve other skin imperfections.
Risks of Microneedling
According to the FDA, microneedling devices are safe for people aged 22 and older. However, this does not mean that microneedling is without risks.
Some risks associated with the treatment include:
However, these issues should resolve themselves with time. Your provider will also recommend the use of moisturizers and sunscreen to prevent possible skin damage and discomfort during the recovery process.
One of the main benefits of microneedling has to do with its effectiveness in treating skin imperfections like acne scars, large wrinkles, hair loss, hyperpigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity. Besides, microneedling is minimally invasive, and you can go back to your day-to-day activities straight from your provider’s office. Furthermore, compared to laser treatments, microneedling is more affordable. Lastly, since the procedure does not involve heat, it is unlikely to negatively affect your skin pigmentation.
Of course, the cost of microneedling varies from clinic to clinic and even from one patient to the other. The cost of the procedure in the US typically ranges between $100 and $600. The average cost of microneedling is about $450. Generally, if the area that needs treatment is small, the cost will be lower. However, if the area that needs to be treated is large, you can expect to spend more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
After How Long Can I See the Full Results?
Microneedling creates small wounds that immediately trigger the production of collagen. But although the production of collagen will begin immediately, you may have to wait four to six weeks or more for you to seek more dramatic results.
Is Microneedling Painful?
Before the treatment can start, your provider will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. This will minimize possible discomfort. Although microneedling is painless, it can cause some discomfort, especially for patients who are afraid of needles.
Yes! Microneedling can be used to treat stretch marks. Stretch marks are irregular lines that develop on the skin due to weight fluctuations. These lines are like scars, and unless they are treated, they are permanent. Although microneedling will not eliminate them completely, it will significantly improve their appearance.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Microneedling results are not permanent. But they should last between three to six months. However, by taking good care of your skin, the results should last much longer. Your provider will guide you on what you need to do on your own to keep your skin in good shape.
How Much Downtime Does Microneedling Require?
Microneedling does not require any downtime. Although it will take up to three weeks to see full results, healing will take only 24 hours. You will be allowed to go back to work or school immediately after the treatment. However, you may have to wait up to 24 hours before you can wear makeup.