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A minimally invasive procedure that can treat: acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, skin texture, hair loss, melasma and loose crepey skin.

Microneedling

This facial treatment proves that the secret to smooth, youthful, and glowing skin lies within. Despite numerous choices like masks, peels, lasers, and more for skin rejuvenation, microneedling is still a popular staple. This is because of its minimally invasive, non-surgical approach to collagen induction, and ability to treat various skin conditions across all skin types, including darker tones. The procedure can sound intimidating and scary because of the word “needle” in its name, but the benefits are worth knowing about, and when done by the right provider, patients are comfortable. Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure that draws from your body’s natural rejuvenation process by piercing your skin with tiny needles. Your body responds to these micro-wounds by invoking its healing response and creating new tissues, collagen, and elastin. As you age, the collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines around delicate areas or deep-set wrinkles. Microneedling turns back the hands of time by targeting fine lines and wrinkles. When the microneedling device breaks into the dermis, it triggers growth factors, which allow your skin to repair itself rapidly. Your body stimulates the natural production of collagen, by increasing blood flow to the areas of microinjury and promoting skin thickening to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. This ultimately tightens skin and reduces wrinkles in the process.  Microneedling also treats enlarged pores, stretch marks, acne scars, uneven skin tone, skin texture, hair loss, and melasma. The most common sites for the procedure are the face, neck, chest, abdomen, and scalp.

The microchannels created from microneedling also boost the effects of skin care products, by allowing deeper absorption into the dermis. Some of the products that can be applied topically to the skin to enhance the results of the procedure are peptides, platelet-rich plasma or fibrin, or the latest in skin care technology, exosomes. Prior to starting the procedure, your provider will cleanse your face and apply a topical numbing cream, so you can be comfortable during the procedure. After you are numb, the microneedling procedure can take 30-60 minutes, depending on the area(s) you want treated. Some people will see results after one treatment, but results depend on the condition of your skin. Your skin will appear sunburned for the first few days (but will not hurt), and it is recommended you avoid sun exposure for the first week. You will have about 1-3 days of downtime and should avoid applying makeup for 1-2 days. For best results, a minimum of 3 treatments should be completed, about 4-6 weeks apart. The beneficial results of microneedling can be appreciated in 1-2 months and can last up to 1 year, once the desired goal is achieved. Maintenance sessions can then be done every 6 months to 1 year, to continue the benefits. Microneedling is such a popular and well-loved treatment because of just how much it can do for your skin. Couple that with virtually no pain at all and minimal downtime, and you’ve got yourself the perfect skincare procedure!

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you choose a safe and reputable clinic, you can expect no serious risks associated with microneedling. However, side effects that are to be expected, especially immediately after the procedure, are: swelling, redness, bruising, discomfort, some dryness and flaking. Be sure to tell your provider if you have any allergies to avoid a reaction to the numbing cream. And again, consult with a medical professional first, especially if you have active health conditions or if you are actively taking medication. Your safety is always top priority!

Pregnant women are discouraged from undergoing the treatment. You should also check with a doctor first if you’re taking medications, especially blood thinners. If there is a history of a coagulation disorder, you may need to avoid microneedling if you have clotting issues.

Those living with conditions like eczema, rosacea and similar inflammatory conditions are not suitable microneedling candidates. Anyone with open wounds should not be treated with this procedure. Microneedling can also cause a bacterial infection if you have active acne, tender acne cysts and similar skin concerns. Those who have used Isotretinoin-based medications, like Accutane, in the past six months also are not eligible for microneedling.

There are many factors behind hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They are caused by wounds, inflammation, sun spots, and other things. But one of the benefits of microneedling is addressing unusual pigmentation on your skin. This is due, in large part, to the production of essential proteins in your body.

Collagen helps keep your skin healthy, and hyperpigmentation and discoloration are caused by scarring and irritation. So, by producing more collagen, you help renew the cells that support your skin. In just a few sessions, you’ll be able to observe a more even skin tone.

While known for its collagen production benefits, microneedling has been found to also aid in stem cell growth in hair follicles. A 2014 study showed that this cosmetic treatment could be transformative for those managing alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy, unpredictable hair loss). Individuals should expect the sessions to take approximately 30-60 minutes. While scarring remains a risk, your provider will likely apply a topical balm to the area after the session is over. Potential side effects include bruising, redness, swelling, pain and oozing from the wounds.

Microneedling is a more inclusive and budget-friendly alternative to laser treatments. Laser treatments use heat, which can be less effective on darker complexions, affect skin pigment, and often cost around four times more per session when compared to microneedling.

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