Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, is a cosmetic procedure that involves continuously puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles.
The idea behind the procedure is to create ‘micro-injuries’ on the surface of your skin to improve an individual’s complexion through the resulting body’s production of collagen. Microneedling is known to improve the appearance of stretch marks, reduce pore size, improve the quality and texture of skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the appearance of scars.
Microneedling has become more popular in recent years despite some common misconceptions and uncertainties related to the procedure. To clear up any confusion about the cosmetic procedure, see below a series of facts about microneedling.
1. Ideal for a Variety of Skin Types
Microneedling is ideal for anyone looking to improve their skin’s appearance and complexion. It is effective on dark or light skin, people of all ages, dry or oily skin and even individuals with skin pigmentation issues.
No matter what your skin is like, you can reap the benefits of microneedling, such as lifting and tightening, lessening skin discoloration and reduce pore size, among many other advantages.
2. Immense Improvements
Microneedling was discovered in the 1950s by a doctor who realized that by creating small injuries in the skin, collagen production was promoted within the body which lead to stronger skin and better skin texture.
Since then, the technology related to microneedling has greatly improved. Both the techniques and tools have advanced over the decades making the procedure very safe and effective when administered by a trained professional.
3. Not Just For Your Face
Microneedling is most commonly applied to the face, however, the procedure can be performed on other parts of the body too. Individuals with stretch marks and scars have used microneedling to lessen the appearance of these marks on their body. This is because the procedure promotes the body to heal itself by producing and sending collagen to the treated area.
Often, patients are nervous about the level of pain they will experience from cosmetic procedures, among other procedures. Fortunately, microneedling is not an uncomfortable or painful procedure because the needles are very thin. In fact, the needles are thinner than a strand of hair!
In addition, most professionals applying this procedure will use a numbing cream on your skin to ensure you’re comfortable during the process.
5. Low Risk Procedure
Because the infliction to your skin is so small and performed under clinical conditions, there is a very low risk of serious injury or infection. Other cosmetic procedures have more risks, but microneedling is astronomically safer in comparison. Also, there are virtually no side effects from the procedure as none have been reported to date.
The biggest risk of microneedling is through ‘do it yourself’ products. Products can be purchased that enable your to perform microneedling on yourself at home, but there are more significant risks related to doing this. If microneedling is done too frequently, as it often is with do it yourself products, there is a risk that you will break capillaries in your face.
6. Promising Results
Right after your first treatment, you will notice a bit of redness which clears up rather quickly. Once your skin clears up, you’ll notice an immediate dewy, glowy complexion and new plumpness to your skin.
Microneedling can safely be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks until desired results are achieved. After four sessions spaced roughly one month apart, individuals have reported a big increase in collagen and elastin within 6 months of completing all the procedures. By using microneedling, you can have confidence in the results so long as you’re patient.