If you are not well-familiar with medical skin treatments, you may have not heard of microneedling. However, this therapy has been used by dermatologists for decades. Find out what it is, how it works, what benefits you can expect and what the level of safety is.
What It Does
This therapy involves poking small holes on the skin with the use of a specially designed needle device. It is usually a roller covered with tiny shallow needles, but it could also be a pen with needles at the top. The holes are practically microscopic injury. That is why the body’s natural reaction is to heal them by producing more collagen. This is similar to what bodybuilders do to stimulate the production of lean mass.
After cleaning your face, the dermatologist will apply anesthetic cream to the skin area which will be treated. It is worth noting that microneedling is designed not only for the face, but for all parts of the body. The next step involves the application of lubricant, which is usually water-based for maximum comfort. Then the dermatologist rolls the microneedling device over the skin of the patient.
One session typically takes less than half an hour. Just like with most minimally invasive treatments, several sessions are typically necessary. After the treatment, the patient’s skin is red, usually resembling the effects of sunburn. However, the redness goes away fairly quickly. The results are observed in the following weeks and months as collagen production isn’t a fast process.
What Can It Help With?
Traditionally, microneedling has been used as a treatment against scars and acne scars, in particular. However, in recent years, it is becoming highly popular as an anti-aging therapy. With the stimulation of collagen production, the depth of fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced considerably. The treatment is often used for targeting the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and on the upper lip. It also helps to make the face plumper and this naturally gives the patient a natural youthful look. One of the less common applications of the therapy is for treating stretch marks on various parts of the body from the abdomen and the chest to the legs.
Is It Painful?
Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort during the microneedling procedure. The therapy is also claimed to be less painful compared to laser resurfacing. However, since every person has different pain tolerance, it is best to talk to your dermatologist first, if you have any concerns.
Is It Safe?
This anti-aging and scar treatment is generally safe for people who do not have skin conditions and severe skin allergies when it is performed by a qualified professional. Even though there are microneedling devices designed for home use, home treatments are associated with a higher risk of injury and infection of the skin. There is also the risk of an allergic reaction if the wrong creams and serums are applied before and after the procedure.
Overall, microneedling brings positive anti-aging and scar removal results while having a high level of safety. If you can tolerate mild pain, you may consider using