Microneedling is a popular treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and scars on the face. Many skin problems, like dull skin, wrinkles, age spots, and scars, can be fixed with this new treatment. Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that can be done in a specialist’s office without general anesthesia or a long recovery time. It can be just what the doctor orders for a number of skin problems. People from all over the country come to Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetic for our Microneedling service.
What is the point of micro needling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a simple, non-invasive treatment that helps the skin make more collagen and look younger. Dermatologists with board certification use professional micro needling tools with small, clean needles to make thousands of tiny channels in the skin.
So, how does sticking a bunch of needles into your deeper skin layers help with wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin texture? What you feel as a minor annoyance, your body sees as a physical injury, and it starts to heal right away by reorganizing old collagen fibers, making more collagen, and stimulating elastin. As the “wound” heals, granulation cells help grow new skin tissue and make the skin look younger.
Microneedling has many advantages
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is becoming more popular because it has many benefits for the skin. Each micro needling treatment can replace up to a year’s worth of lost collagen. This improves the texture of the skin and treats problems like:
- Wrinkles on the face
- acne scars
- surgical scars
- stretch marks
- age spots caused by too much melanin
- skin laxity
- uneven skin tone
- enlarged pores
Since the microneedling procedure makes your body make more collagen, your skin will look younger and feel smoother. Also, microneedling therapy tightens the skin and fills in acne scars on the face.
Microneedling devices you can use at home may claim to have the same benefits as microneedling done by a professional, but they can only reach the top layer of skin. Professional microneedling devices reach both the epidermis and the dermis (2 to 3 mm deep), but commercial microneedling devices only go 0.25 mm deep. This makes it possible to exfoliate the skin and helps it absorb topical products better, but it doesn’t boost collagen production or make the skin look younger.
How painful is microneedling?
Small needles are used to poke holes in the skin during microneedling sessions, so you may feel some pain. But the pain is always minimal and easy to deal with if the procedure is done by a doctor who is trained to use a microneedling device. Also, your dermatologist will likely use a topical anesthetic or numbing cream on your skin before the microneedling session to make it less painful and uncomfortable.
Microneedling is done with a tool that looks like a pen and is called a “derma roller.” A professional dermatologist will use it on your face to make tiny holes in your skin with stainless steel needles. This will start the body’s healing process. Remember that microneedling does not leave scars on your skin, and the risk of getting an infection is always low.
The tiny abrasions that are left behind are microscopic and can’t be seen, but they are enough to make the treated area produce more collagen. A microneedling session usually lasts between 30 and 40 minutes, but for you to get the full range of microneedling benefits, your treatment plan will likely include several sessions, each one month apart. At Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetic, our team of experts will work with you to find out what your goals are and then make a treatment plan that fits your needs and medical history so you can reach your aesthetic goals.
Are there any side effects to microneedling?
Microneedling is thought to be a safe and effective way for healthy adults to treat their skin. The process can be done on all kinds of skin. Microneedling is better than laser treatments because it doesn’t use heat, so it can be used on people with darker skin tones. Laser skin resurfacing uses heat, so people with melasma or hyperpigmentation may be more likely to have pigmentation problems afterward.
Microneedling, like any other medical procedure, may have some side effects for people with sensitive skin. Most side effects, like swelling, redness, and skin flaking, are only temporary, which is good. You might also feel a little tender for a day or two. Your skin should get better in a few days, and the day after the treatment, you can put on your regular makeup.
Most people think the procedure is safe, but not everyone is a good candidate. Microneedling shouldn’t be done on people who have active acne, oral herpes, or a history of keloid scars, collagen vascular disease, or fungal infections. People who have had oral herpes in the past may benefit from micro needling, but they should take an antiviral pill orally for a week after the procedure to stop new cold sores from coming out. Also, the treatment is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, or for people who have a weak immune system. Our experts at Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetic will look at your skin and medical history carefully to make sure this treatment is right for you. If this isn’t the best choice for you, we have a lot of other treatments that might be a better fit.
How long do the effects stay the same?
As soon as the body feels the “aggression,” it starts to heal. Your skin will look brighter and fuller for up to two weeks after the treatment, but you’ll have to wait six to eight weeks after the last session to see the full effects of microneedling. This is when the collagen reaches its full potential and starts to show its effects. The effects could last for a long time. Most people, though, choose to set up at least two sessions per year. Patients with burn scars or stretch marks may want to have the procedure done as many as five times a year.
Remember that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after the procedure, so you must wear sunscreen when you go outside. Your doctor will tell you what to do after the surgery, and it’s best to do what they say so you don’t have any problems or get an infection. Before getting micro needling, people with open wounds should wait until their skin has healed.
This is an outpatient procedure, but you should rest the day after it because it will feel like you have a sunburn and your skin might feel tight. The biggest benefits of micro needling are better-looking skin, fewer wrinkles, and fewer noticeable scars. However, the procedure is also known to help skin care products work better by letting them penetrate the outer layers of the skin.