What Is Microneedling?

If you are interested in a non-surgical way to reduce signs of aging and refresh the appearance of your skin, microneedling may be the answer for you.  Microneedling is a quick, comfortable treatment that can enhance the look and feel of your skin and restore its youthful appearance.  But what is microneedling?

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure in which tiny sterile needles are rolled over the skin to make controlled injuries that initiate tissue renewal.  

The micro-injuries are not painful as they are made at a surface level.  Also, numbing cream is applied to the skin at the start of treatment to minimize discomfort.

The micro-channels activate the skin’s natural wound healing response, and the body increases the production of collagen and elastin to heal the injuries.  

The microneedling procedure is also referred to as collagen induction therapy since it generates new collagen.  Collagen is a vital protein in the body that supports the skin and keeps it firm, youthful, and vibrant.   

Although microneedling has been around for decades, the technology has become more efficient in recent years.  Nowadays, microneedling is performed with automated pen-like devices with disposable tip cartridges. 

Microneedling is a safe treatment that is suitable for a range of skin tones and skin types.  Treatment can be tailored to fit the specific needs of each patient by adjusting the needle lengths. 

Most people need 3-4 microneedling treatments to achieve the best results. Sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  A single session can take 15-45 minutes, depending on the treatment area. 

RF Microneedling 

The addition of radiofrequency (RF) energy to traditional microneedling takes the procedure to the next level.  RF energy is used in dermatology to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen. 

When combined with microneedling, the RF energy is delivered deep into the skin via tiny needles.  The RF energy heats the skin layers and tightens the skin, and stimulates new collagen.   

RF microneedling produces more dramatic skin rejuvenation results than microneedling alone. 

What To Expect After Microneedling?

The skin typically looks red and swollen after microneedling, but these side-effects usually resolve within 24 hours.  Natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or coconut oil can be applied to the skin in the hours after microneedling to soothe and nourish the skin. 

There is minimal downtime with microneedling as the micro-injuries heal quickly. However, healing time varies depending on the depth of the treatment. 

What Areas Can Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling can treat different areas of the body.  However, it is most commonly used to rejuvenate the face and neck and eliminate stretch marks on the abdomen and thighs.  

Benefits Of Microneedling 

Most of the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity, occur due to a decline in collagen in the skin.  Microneedling boosts the production of collagen, which thickens the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.   It also accelerates cell turnover for brighter, younger-looking skin.

Microneedling also improves skin tone and texture, refines pores, and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

The microchannels created during microneedling make it easier for topical nutrients and anti-aging serums to absorb into the skin.  This makes the products work more efficiently and helps with the rejuvenation process. 

For optimal results, microneedling should be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or another medical professional.  The dermatologist will determine the best treatment plan based on the client’s aesthetic goals and the skin concerns to be treated.   

If you are ready to improve the appearance of your skin, microneedling can supercharge your skin with collagen and make it smoother, plumper, and more luminous. 

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