What to Expect During Treatment and the Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling may sound odd or scary, but this minimally invasive treatment is actually a favorite of many dermatologists, and for good reason too! Microneedling dates back to 1995, but has recently gained popularity thanks to people sharing videos on social media. It’s more than just mesmerizing to watch these videos online; the procedure can actually treat many different conditions and give you a more youthful appearance!
What is Microneedling and What are the Benefits?
Microneedling is simply the insertion of very fine, short needles into the skin. This process may sound scary, but these needles only range in diameter from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters and feel like pin pricks that only go surface-level deep. These pin pricks stimulate your body to create more collagen and elastin as well as stimulate dormant hair follicles.
Microneedling is often used in conjunction with serums to supercharge the treatment. It can also be used with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). This is when your blood is drawn and processed to separate the platelets and white blood cells from the red. This can then be spread over the treatment area to supercharge your microneedling procedure. PRP also helps stimulate hair follicles and collagen production in your body.
What is Microneedling Used to Treat?
Because microneedling stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, it can be used to treat a variety of skin texture issues. A recent study has also shown that microneedling in conjunction with other hair loss treatments (such as minoxidil lotion) can help improve results when dealing with hair loss issues. The following are several skin and hair issues that microneedling can be used to treat:
- Dark spots (hyperpigmentation)
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Hair loss (alopecia)
Microneedling is recommended by dermatologists for most patients. However, there are a few people who may not be good candidates for microneedling including those with keloid scars, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, fungal infections, severe eczema, psoriasis, are immunosuppressed, are pregnant or nursing, and other chronic conditions.
How Much Does Microneedling Cost and When do I See Results?
Microneedling is less expensive than laser treatments and can even work better for those with darker skin tones because it doesn’t involve heat the way that laser treatments do. The procedure offers fairly immediate results. On a short-term basis it plumps up the skin and makes it look more radiant. It is recommended that you receive one microneedling treatment every month for at least four months to get longer lasting results (about six months).
What are the Side Effects of Microneedling?
This is a relatively non-invasive procedure and has little down time. This is because your body is healing itself from the needle pricks. You’ll notice some minor pain after the procedure and your skin may be red for a few days. Deeper microneedling treatments can cause some bleeding and bruising. You may also notice that your skin might feel tight and flake a bit as it heals. And because the treatment creates lots of tiny pin pricks in your skin, it is a good idea to stay away from places that could have lots of germs, such as swimming pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Some things to avoid for several days after the treatment also include mineral sunscreens or makeup, vitamin C serum or retinoids, glycolic acid as well as soaps, shaving creams or lotions that can cause irritation.
Look More Youthful Today!
At the US Wellness Collective, we know how important looking good is for feeling good! We offer microneedling treatments to promote skin rejuvenation and the body’s healing process. With treatment and over time, damaged skin is gradually replaced with new, healthier skin! Call us today to book your microneedling treatment.