What is microneedling?
Microneedling is an aesthetic treatment that uses a special medical device equipped with many tiny needles to create punctures in the outer layers of your skin. Your body responds to this microtrauma with a powerful healing action, generating new collagen and elastin.
Collagen and elastin are already present in your skin and work to give skin a firm, plump, and smooth appearance. Over time, some of those cells degrade, which causes your skin to sag and fall into fine lines and wrinkles. Restoring volume with new collagen and elastin provides an almost instant effect.
How does microneedling work?
The process begins with a thorough skin examination to determine the treatment area and the depth of the treatment needles. A topical gel helps numb your skin and allows the microneedling device to glide across the skin’s surface.
The microneedling tool uses incredibly thin, sterile needles. The depth and speed of the needles are adjustable. As your practitioner moves the device across your skin, the powered tool moves the needles in and out of your outermost skin layers very rapidly.
What does microneedling treat?
Microneedling is an effective treatment option for:
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage or age spots
- Large pores
- Rough skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
The microneedling device uses microneedles to prick the skin. The pricks are normally not found to be painful, but you may experience some discomfort as the needles puncture your skin. There are various ways to minimize this discomfort if you are very sensitive to pain.
You can expect to see results within a few days, and continuous improvements for a few months.
Immediately after your treatment, your skin will be more pink or red than usual, and you may experience some mild swelling. Some women and men have very minor bruising. Over-the-counter pain medications can soothe any discomfort.
It’s important to avoid using skin products for a few days after your treatment to give your skin a chance to heal. You must also take steps to protect your skin from sun exposure during the healing process.
You can choose to incorporate platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into your microneedling session. This treatment uses a small amount of your own blood to create a solution that can promote healing and enhance your microneedling results.
The entire microneedling process takes less than an hour and is only minimally uncomfortable.
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