Due to technological advances, it is now possible to get non-invasive cosmetic procedures to enhance an individual’s face. This is why more and more patients are turning to non-surgical options, such as Botox, fillers, chemical peels and micro needling. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the use of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures has increased by 180% from 2000-2016. So why choose surgery when you can get impressive results with non-invasive procedures like micro needling that are less costly and risky.
But is micro needling worth it? Is it as effective as the surgical cosmetic procedures? To answer these questions, you should first know what micro needling does. This article will cover the most frequently asked questions about this procedure.
An Overview of Micro needling
Perhaps most commonly known as derma-rolling, micro needling is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates collagen and elastin production. This collagen-induction therapy involves the use of micro-fine surgical needles that are about 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter in order to create tiny punctures in the skin. Having said that, LaserBody M.D. uses Rejuvapen’s state-of-the-art applicator, wherein microneedles are inserted vertically in order to minimize unnecessary injuries. With this technique, you trigger the body’s natural wound healing process, thereby leading to the renewed production of collagen, elastin and capillaries. All these produce a smoother, plumper and younger-looking skin.
Another benefit of microneedling is that it can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation and stretch marks. While results vary from person to person, most patients have experienced impressive results in addressing these issues. This is because the repair process begins almost immediately after the skin is pricked, resulting in a thicker dermis that softens the wrinkles and scars.
Now that you know the benefits, let us explore the frequently asked questions:
- How much does micro needling cost? The cost may be higher or lower depending on the area you live in. But on average, the cost can range from $100-$700 per session. While this is certainly not cheap, it is still significantly less costly than if you were to get a surgical procedure. As the expression goes, “small price to pay for beauty.”
- How many sessions will I need to do? This will depend on your age and skin condition. Normally, it will take about four to six treatments in order to tackle the wrinkles, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
- Does it hurt? Fortunately, it is not as painful as it sounds. The pain varies for each person as they will have different types of skin condition. For example, those with more severe scarring will require longer needles, so they are likely to feel more sensation. Before the procedure, the doctor or clinician will cleanse and then apply topical anesthesia to reduce the chances of pain. Although sometimes this may not even be necessary. Due to hi-tech devices like the Rejuvapen that causes the needle penetration to occur quickly, micro-needling feels more like sandpaper being brushed on your skin. In fact, patients even describe it to be akin to the feel of a cat’s tongue.
- What is the downtime? Unlike surgical or invasive procedures, there is no downtime for micro needling. However, you will see redness on your skin, making you look sunburnt. Depending on the depth of the treatment, this can last for days to a week. However, the normal time is usually just within the day. Take note that since the needles basically created tiny open wounds on your skin, it will be best to treat your skin gently and refrain from products containing acid for a week or longer.
- How long does the procedure take? One session can take about 30-60 minutes. It all depends on the size of the procedure area and skin condition. Patients are recommended to take multiple sessions to achieve optimal results, but this should be spaced for about 4-6 weeks apart at least.
- Who can perform this procedure? There are many people who purchase their own derma-rollers so that they can save money and just do it at home. However, this is heavily discouraged because it can make your skin worse if you do not take the proper precautions. It is important to seek an experienced clinician or a dermatologist, especially since medical spas like LaserBody M.D. have the latest technology that will bring in better results.
Overall, micro needling has been proven to be an excellent and effective non-surgical procedure to reduce the signs of aging on the face. It is certainly worth it if you want a quick and non-invasive method.