Do you like to have needles stuck into your body? We're not talking about vaccines or blood draws here, or even acupuncture. We're talking about the popular skin treatment known as microneedling.
If you're new to the microneedling world, or you are just curious about what it is, read on! This post will answer some frequently asked questions about the treatment, discuss the microneedling benefits, and touch on some cautions.
What Is It, Anyway?
Microneedling is a manual skin-care treatment that uses very tiny needles to prick the surface of the skin. This stimulates the flow of blood to the face (or whichever area is being treated) and the body's production of collagen. The result is smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
You can buy a tool called a derma roller for a DIY microneedling treatment. A derma roller is a small cylinder, covered with incredibly small needles, that is attached to a handle but rolls freely. Think of a teeny paint roller with tiny barbs, instead of fleece.
To use this tool, you simply roll it over your skin. You should go over the same area multiple times, but in several different directions, for the most benefit.
Using a roller does have negatives as well. The punctures are often "V" Shaped due to the way the needle rolls in and out. This can lead to less optimal collagen formation. You need multiple different size needles to also get the best treatment.
Tools with longer, thicker variable needles can be used by professional aestheticians. A series of treatments, the intensity of which increases with each session, is sometimes necessary to achieve results.
What Are Some Microneedling Benefits?
The most common issues that this treatment targets include:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose skin
- Uneven skin texture
- Enlarged pore size
- Age spots and other pigment issues
- Stretch marks
Because the needles do puncture the skin, microneedling is considered a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. However, it's the least invasive of cosmetic treatments.
Does It Hurt?
Individuals who have undergone microneedling describe it as "uncomfortable" rather than painful. Naturally, the salon treatments are a bit more uncomfortable or painful, given the greater intensity of the needles involved. Those who use a derma roller at home say the sensation is on a par with waxing. And the feeling, whatever you call it, fades quickly.
At Dr Aesthetica, we use 10% Lidocaine on the face first to really reduce any sensation. Our customers often describe the sound rather than any feeling. We would rate it as a 2 out of 10. Ask Dr Farmah, he has had several and swears by it.
How Soon Will I See Results?
After you use a derma roller to trigger your own body's response to minor trauma, you will probably see results within a few days. Your face should be pinker, plumper, and more radiant -- and it will stay that way for several weeks.
However, there may be longer-lasting results as well. One study looked at patients who had four microneedling treatments over the same number of months. The result was a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.
Is It Safe for Everyone?
Microneedling is considered relatively safe, but there are some potential risks. As with any invasive skin treatment, there is always the possibility of infection, bruising, bleeding, and scarring. If you have active acne, it's best to wait until your skin is clearer, to avoid additional inflammation.
Ready to Give Microneedling a Try?
If you're curious about the microneedling benefits that you might experience, give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have and help determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.