Microneedling: Everything You Need to Know
The cosmetic industry is advancing day by day. There are now new technologies and treatments to improve the appearance of the skin, one of which is microneedling. As the name suggests, microneedling involves using tiny needles to puncture the skin. This may sound painful, but it is a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves using fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. During the treatment, a device with fine needles is passed over the skin. The needles create tiny punctures in the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing process. As the wounds heal, new collagen and elastin are produced. This helps improve the skin’s appearance since it becomes firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.
The procedure requires that the patient’s skin be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream or gel. The numbing cream is applied to the skin about 30 minutes before the procedure. This helps to reduce any discomfort during the procedure. If numbing is not done, the patient may feel a prickling or stinging during the procedure.
The microneedling device used during the procedure contains fine needles ranging from 0.25 mm to three mm. The needle length will depend on the treated area and the patient’s skin type.
Benefits of Microneedling
a) Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles and Fine Lines
As one ages, the skin’s collagen and elastin production slow down. This leads to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Microneedling can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. The two proteins are vital in keeping the skin firm, smooth, and elastic.
b) Improves the Appearance of Scars
Scars are caused by various factors, such as acne, surgery, or injury. The procedure breaks down the scar tissue and promotes the growth of new skin cells. The new cells help to improve the appearance of the scar.
c) Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are common among women who have been pregnant or have undergone a significant weight loss. The marks occur due to stretching of the skin. Microneedling removes stretch marks by breaking down the scar tissue and promoting the growth of new skin cells.
d) Evens Out Skin Tone
Skin tone is improved by using microneedling to stimulate the production of collagen. The new collagen produced helps to fill in any unevenness in the skin, resulting in a more even skin tone.
e) Stimulates Hair Growth
Hair growth is sometimes limited because of dormant hair follicles. The microneedling promotes blood flow to the area, stimulating hair follicles. This results in new hair growth.
f) Reduces Cellulite
Cellulite is a common problem, especially among women. It gives the skin an uneven, dimpled appearance. Microneedling devices crepe skin, which helps break down the fat cells that cause cellulite.
What to Expect During and After a Microneedling Treatment
The patient’s skin is numbed during the procedure with a topical anesthetic. The microneedling device is then passed over the skin. The patient may feel a prickling or stinging sensation during the procedure.
After the procedure, the patient’s skin will be red and swollen. This typically lasts for a few hours but can last for up to two days. Besides, the patient may experience dryness, peeling, and skin crusting. These side effects usually resolve within a week.
It is essential to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen after the procedure. The skin will be more susceptible to sun damage during the healing process.
The Risks Associated with Microneedling
The treatment creates tiny skin holes, allowing bacteria to enter and cause an infection. Additionally, needles used during the procedure can introduce bacteria into the skin, causing an infection. Using sterile needles and proper aftercare helps reduce the risk of infection.
b) Skin Irritation
The patient may experience redness, swelling, and itching after the procedure. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.
The patient may experience pigmentation changes after the procedure. The skin may become lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
The risk of scarring increases if the patient has a history of keloids or if the procedure is not performed correctly.
e) Allergic Reactions
The patient may experience an allergic reaction to the topical anesthetic or other products used during the procedure.
f) Skin Color Changes
The skin may become light or dark after the procedure. These changes are usually temporary and will resolve within a few months.
Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure with minimal side effects. It can improve the skin’s appearance by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, scars, stretch marks, and cellulite. The procedure can also stimulate hair growth. If you are considering microneedling services, call Blush Beauty Center today to book an appointment.