Do you like having needles stuck into your body? We are not talking about vaccinations or blood draws or even acupuncture.
We are talking about the popular skin treatment known as microneedling. If you are new to the world of microneedling or just want to know what it is, read on!
This post will answer some frequently asked questions about this treatment, explain the benefits of microneedling and touch on some precautions.
What Is Microneedling, Anyway?
Microneedling is a manual skin care treatment in which very tiny needles prick the surface of the skin. The tiny needles are rolled across the skin, poking holes through the surface to stimulate blood flow and improve collagen production.
The tiny pricks look like tiny dots of blood on the face, but they disappear in minutes, and the areas of improvement are immediately visible.
This stimulates blood flow to the face (or treatment area) and revives the skin's own production of collagen. The result is smoother, clearer and younger-looking skin.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
For a do-it-yourself microneedling treatment, you can buy a derma roller. A derma roller is a small cylinder studded with incredibly tiny needles attached to a handle, but it rolls freely. Think of it as a tiny paint roller with tiny barbs instead of fleece.
To use this tool, simply roll over your skin. You should go over the same area several times, but in different directions to get the most benefit.
However, there are negative sides to using a roller. The punctures are often "V" shaped as the needle rolls in and out. This can lead to less optimal collagen formation. You also need several needles of different sizes to get the best treatment.
Devices with longer, thicker, variable needles can be used by professional aestheticians. A series of treatments, increasing in intensity 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
Does It Hurt?
People who have undergone microneedling describe it as "uncomfortable" rather than painful. Of course, salon treatments are slightly more uncomfortable or painful due to the higher intensity of the needles involved.
Those who use a dermaroller at home say the feeling is comparable to that of a waxing treatment. And the feeling, whatever you call it, passes quickly. At Dr Aesthetica we use 10% lidocaine on the face first to really reduce the uncomfortable sensation.
Our patients often describe the sound rather than a feeling. On the pain scale, we would rate it a 2 out of 10. Ask Dr Farmah, he has done microneedling countless times and swears by it.
How Soon Will I See Results?
After using a dermaroller to trigger the body's own response to minor trauma, you will likely see results in just a few days. Your face should be rosier, plumper and more radiant - and it will stay that way for a few weeks. However, there may also be longer-lasting results.
One study looked at patients who received four microneedling treatments over the same number of months. The result was a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after treatment was completed.
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.