What is micro needling?
Microneedling is a superficial skin resurfacing procedure that uses small sterilized needles to prick the skin. The small pricks stimulate your skin to make more collagen and elastin, both of these help your skin heal and appear younger. Collagen reduces the appearance of both wrinkles and fine lines, while also elevating the overall texture of your skin.
What does micro needling help with?
Microneedling is mostly used on the face and can help treat many issues such as:
- Hair loss (also called alopecia)
- Dark spots or patches on your skin (hyperpigmentation)
- Large pores
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
You might also notice brighter, firmer skin. It can also be used in anti-aging procedures like sun spots and eyelid surgery.
How effective is microneedling?
Ideal results can be achieved after four to six sessions.
The more sessions you do, the more improvement you will see. Sometimes it may need to be repeated to sustain positive results.
Are there any side effects?
Most people will have some swelling or minor skin irritation and redness for a few days. You might also experience some minor pain.
It may take a couple of days for your skin to heal fully and your skin might feel tight and flake while it heals.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Microneedling will only take about 15-20 minutes. At most it will take an hour.
You will be numbed for the procedure. Your doctor will then use a small rolling tool with tiny needles. You might bleed a little during the procedure, but this is very common.
The goal of the procedure is to start the body’s healing process by sending collagen and elastin to heal the treated skin.
What is the difference between microneedling and at-home rollers?
At-home rollers do not puncture the skin so the same results will not be achieved. For the best results, micro-needling should be done by a trained dermatologist with more advanced equipment.
Professional equipment can go deeper into the skin, not only reaching the epidermis but reaching the dermis.
Having the procedure done by a board-certified dermatologist is safer because at-home microneedling devices can accidentally hurt the skin and the needles may not be sterilized properly, increasing the risk of infection and complications.
How big are the needles used in microneedling?
The needles are extremely small in diameter about 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters. The punctures are like pin pricks that you will barely feel during the procedure.
What other benefits can be expected after microneedling?
Besides your skin looking younger and firmer, microneedling can also lead to other benefits such as:
- Topical products being absorbed better into the skin
- Smoother skin
- Reduction of scars and hyperpigmentation
How should you prepare for microneedling?
Microneedling is an easy treatment to prepare for, and requires little to no preparation.
You should avoid using retinol products a few days before. Also avoid direct sun exposure for three days before.
Make sure to arrive with clean, dry skin.
How do I care for my skin after microneedling?
You should avoid intense skin care products and direct sun exposure for the days following the procedure. Gentle skincare, sun avoidance, SPF, and wound healing with petrolatum are recommended to speed up recovery.