Touted as the revolutionary, anti-aging procedure taking the beauty world by storm, Microneedling or dermarolling is a minimally invasive therapeutic treatment that entails the use of a handheld rolling device ringed by high grade microneedles to create controlled, almost invisible, teeny-weeny puncture wounds on the outermost layer of the skin referred to as the epidermis without causing any serious damage. However, this procedure triggers a wound-healing cascade, which is the skin’s natural repair response to any perceived trauma like cuts and abrasions. The needles do not create wounds per se though there may be minimal, prickly pinpoint bleeding but the body thinks there is a trauma and automatically releases the necessary proteins to the affected site. This, in turn, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to revitalize and create younger looking skin hence it is also known as the collagen induction therapy. As a result of the stimulus, the skin becomes healthier and firmer with more texture and shape. While it is often used to address common facial issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation, Microneedling can also be customized and used in different parts of the body to tackle niggling concerns like stretch marks, and even hair loss. There have also been studies showing that it is quite effective in treating troublesome and stubborn scars, especially when combined with other therapeutic formulations like Vitamin A and C that are essential to the production of normal collagen.
How is it done?
Microneedling is safe to use on all skin types and is a cost-effective, simple procedure that can run from 20-30 minutes or longer depending on the extent of area for treatment. Some patients have described it to be mildly uncomfortable but not painful. The procedure is usually performed under topical anesthesia. The area to be treated is thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic to prevent bacteria from getting into the skin during or after the procedure. Rolling is done horizontally, vertically and diagonally while the skin is pulled tight. Healing gels and serums are also applied during the procedure. There is no downtime though there is minor reddening like sunburn and some minor swelling and sensitivity that resolves itself within 24-48 hours. Patients should minimize or avoid sun exposure in the subsequent weeks following the procedure. Best results happen about a month after treatment but it continues to generate collagen for up to 4-6 months from treatment. Do know, however, that you will need more than a one-time treatment especially if you are addressing severe scars, stretch marks or deep wrinkles and sagginess. Quarterly maintenance treatments are recommended for desired optimal results.
Benefits of Microneedling
There’s hot and there’s trailblazing hot and Microneedling would be up the charts of hottest trends that have rocked skin care devotees. Here are a few reasons why…
You can see the results almost immediately! While there is some redness that disappears after a day, you can immediately see and feel marked improvement in texture and skin quality. More so after a few sessions when patients report visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in eyes, between the brows, forehead, and mouth and reduced visibility of acne scars.
Takes a shot at aging skin. Aging is inevitable and comes to all but Microneedling can slow down the process with its smoothening and tightening ability. Collagen is the primary protein that keeps our skin smooth and firm and as mentioned, Microneedling induces the production of collagen that rejuvenates older and aging skin. It can even address hyperpigmentation, age spots, rosacea, sun damaged skin and even out skin tone.
Goodbye enlarged pores! You see all those beauty ads of models that appear to have no pores? It is not all photoshop. There are skin that appears poreless. While Microneedling does not guarantee that, it has been proven to actually reduce pores because again, it stimulates collagen production that makes your pores appear smaller because your skin has regained that plump texture.
Reduces acne scars. Microneedling helps breakdown the fibrosis under the pockmarks, which allows the skin to smoothen out and reduce the “tenting” effects of scarring.
Decreases hair loss! It can be distressing to have thinning hair but Microneedling has been known to stimulate hair growth by releasing vascular endothelial growth factor that promotes thicker hair and healthier hair follicles.
Any part of your body can benefit! It is not just the face. It can be your abdomen, your thighs, your butt, and your arms. Is it any wonder then why microneedling is the hottest thing in town?