Microneedling has only been around for a few years, but it has quickly grown to become one of the most popular ways for turning back the clock and rejuvenating your appearance. This procedure involves a small device that delivers numerous tiny needle punctures into the skin, creating micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s own healing response. By sending collagen and elastin to the treatment area, the body produces the natural look of refreshment microneedling patients enjoy. If you have never had a microneedling treatment before, there are a few facts about the procedure you need to know.
Microneedling is Not Painful
The idea of sticking needles into the skin turns off many patients that could actually benefit from this treatment. The truth is that microneedling is not overly painful and topical anesthetic applied prior to the procedure can make the experience even more comfortable for deeper treatments. Keep in mind, these are very small needles that make micro-injuries in the skin you cannot even see. The procedure is also very quick – usually about 15-30 minutes – so you are in and out with minimal discomfort and fabulous results!
The Procedure Can be Tailored to Your Needs
Microneedling can also be customized to your unique needs and desired outcome. First, the depth of the needles can be adjusted to address anything from superficial fine lines to shallow acne scarring. Deeper treatments typically involve slightly more discomfort and recovery time but reap significant results, while superficial treatments offer rejuvenation without any side effects.
Second, topical serums can be applied to the face prior to treatment, which are also tailored to your specific skin type and needs. As the needles work their way across the skin, they also work the serum deep beneath the skin’s surface where it can offer the greatest benefit. Some patients even use their own blood platelets applied topically prior to microneedling to rejuvenate the condition of their skin.
Microneedling is Not Just an Anti-Aging Treatment
It is true the microneedling is an effective method for turning back the clock on your appearance. In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, this procedure stimulates collagen production to give skin a firmer, smoother look overall. However, microneedling can also minimize the appearance of shallow scarring and address signs of sun damage like uneven skin texture and tone that gives your skin a dull, tired appearance.
Microneedling is Not Riskier than Other Cosmetic Treatments
Some patients may worry that because it uses dozens of tiny needle punctures, microneedling is a riskier treatment than other types of skin rejuvenation procedures. While it is true that DIY microneedling might increase your risk for infection and other side effects, microneedling administered by a professional aesthetician or physician is actually quite safe. In fact, this technique reduces some of the risks associated with treatments that deliver heat to the dermis, such as lasers or radiofrequency energy.
Microneedling does Not Involve an Extended Recovery Period
In addition to its benefit as a quick procedure, microneedling also does not require downtime after treatment. Patients may experience some mild redness or tenderness on their skin, which will subside in the days following the procedure. You will need to use sunscreen religiously after treatment to protect treated skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Deeper treatments may require a couple of days to recover, but offer dramatic, long-lasting results.
Microneedling is an effective way to refresh your look and address a host of aging symptoms and minor imperfections. To learn more about this procedure, contact Incredible Veins Skin & Body today at 818-446-2995.