Despite all the creams, magic serums and other skincare products in the world, sometimes it just isn’t enough. There are just some stubborn lines, acne scars or discoloration that are impossible to get rid of. This is where micro needling comes in. In recent years, more people have sought out this treatment as they discovered how effective it is for skin rejuvenation.
So what is micro needling? As the name suggests, it involves the use of microneedles to create tiny punctures to the skin. The purpose of this is to trigger our body’s natural wound healing process, which stimulates collagen and elastin production. When this happens, you generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, brighter and firmer skin.
Micro needling Facts
But like any treatment, these are the 10 things you should know before you try it out:
- Micro needling should be done by the professionals. Due to its popularity, there are many manufacturers selling derma rollers for at-home use. While this is a cheaper option, dermatologists strongly advise against this because it has led to some disastrous results. There have been many cases where these derma rollers and DIY devices led to skin conditions and infections, thereby making the skin worse. If you go to a medical spa or dermatologist, they will be able to take the proper precautions to ensure optimal results. This includes prepping your skin before the treatment, wherein the clinician will cleanse all the dirt, oil and impurities to prevent it from entering the micro channels.For those with severe skin conditions that require deeper penetration, you can request for topical anesthesia to be applied in order to minimize discomfort. In addition, medical spas and dermatologists use the most advanced medical micro needling devices with sterile, single-use and disposable needle tips to ensure that there is no chance of cross contamination between patients as well as no risk of infection. Since this type of micron-eedling uses a medical device, it is necessary to have a qualified and experienced clinician or dermatologist perform this procedure in order to achieve the best possible results.
- Patients may experience some pain, but it does not last. It is not as scary as it sounds because the microneedles actually pass rapidly in an up-and-down motion throughout your skin, thereby causing minimal pain. At LaserBody M.D., we specifically use a state-of-the-art Rejuvapen that has a high-speed motor, which allows the needle penetration to occur very quickly, making it feel more like a sandpaper sensation on your skin than needles.
- The procedure itself will only take 30-60 minutes. During the procedure, the doctor or aesthetician will move the microneedling device evenly across your skin to ensure that the new skin that rejuvenates is even also. Because of this, the procedure can last up to 60 minutes depending on how large the treatment area is. For those that requested topical anesthesia, this will be an additional one hour for it to take effect.
- Micro needling can address acne scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. As the punctures trigger the wound healing process, this gets rid of bacteria and forces the skin to start up its regeneration process.
- Regardless of how severe your skin condition is, downtime is still minimal. Since the treatment is minimally invasive, the most you will see is redness for the first few days and possibly pinpricks of blood that disappear instantly after the session. The repair process begins almost immediately, so most people require very little downtime, sometimes none at all. This is especially true when using the Rejuvapen.
- You will immediately notice how radiant your skin looks. As soon as the redness subsides, you will notice how dewy and glowy your complexion looks. There will also be a new plumpness to your skin.
- You will need more than one session. In order to maintain the results of your treatment, you will need multiple sessions – about 4 to 6. This will depend on your goals, which is why it is best to consult your doctor and aesthetician for the best plan.
- It will cost you. The price varies according to the clinic and state you are in. However, the price per session ranges from $100-$700.
- There are some things you need to avoid after the treatment. Your skin will be sensitive for a few days because of the punctures created, which is why it is imperative to avoid going to the gym and sauna. You should also avoid tanning as the skin will be even more sensitive to the sun.
- Micro needling is safe for all skin types. A common question patients ask is whether or not this procedure suits their skin type. The good news is that all adults are a good candidate for this procedure. Micro needling is safe and effective for all skin types because it does not cause any damage to the epidermis.
Overall, micro needling offers immediate and impressive results on your skin.