Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, which produces new collagen and elastin. Microneedling can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Large pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Stretch marks
Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. It is a relatively quick and painless procedure, and most people experience minimal downtime.
How microneedling works
Microneedling works by creating tiny punctures in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, which produces new collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins that give the skin its youthful appearance.
Benefits of microneedling
Microneedling has a number of benefits, including:
- It is a minimally invasive procedure with minimal downtime.
- It can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns.
- It is effective for all skin types.
- It is relatively affordable.
Risks and side effects of microneedling
Microneedling is a safe procedure, but there are some potential risks and side effects, including:
- Allergic reaction
What to expect during a microneedling treatment
During a microneedling treatment, the practitioner will use a numbing cream to the area being treated. This will help to minimize any discomfort. The practitioner will then use a microneedling device to create tiny punctures in the skin. The device may be rolled or stamped over the skin, depending on the type of device being used.
The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. After the treatment, the practitioner will apply a soothing moisturizer to the skin.
What to do after a microneedling treatment
After a microneedling treatment, it is important to avoid sun exposure and harsh skincare products. You should also avoid touching your face as much as possible. The skin may be red and sensitive for a few days after the treatment.
Results of microneedling
Most people start to see results from microneedling after a few treatments. However, the full results of the treatment may take several weeks or months to be visible.
The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the individual’s skin concerns and desired results. Most people need between 3 and 6 treatments for optimal results.
Microneedling is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation. It can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, and it is suitable for all skin types. If you are considering microneedling, be sure to consult with a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss your individual needs and goals.