You too have seen those smiley and bloody faces on skincare clinic ads, right? That is the work of microneedling.
Microneedling is a popular skincare method, thanks to dermatology technology; and of course youtube and other social media! In this treatment, micro-sized needles are inserted into the skin, these needles penetrate the first layer of skin and by some magic – that we explain later on- the skin heals its scars and wrinkles. As a result, the skin tissue gains a smooth and firm look.
But how does microneedling work? Is it safe? Is it for me? and How often can I do it? You can find all you need to know in this article. We will not miss a thing.
What is skin microneedling?
Microneedling is the minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure involving small needles that create even smaller puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. The whole process is to stimulate the skin to produce collagen; One of the reasons this treatment is also called “collagen induction therapy”. Higher amounts of collagen under the skin can reduce the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
What skin problems does microneedling help?
First of all, you should know if you are a good candidate for microneedling. As long as you are healthy you can go through the procedure, but if there is any sign of infection -especially blood infection-, and lesions, you can not try microneedling unless of course, you consult with your doctor and get your allowance under supervision.
On the other hand, microneedling is very beneficial for anyone who wants to have a firm and smooth skin and treat their wrinkles. Microneedling is an ideal and proven method to treat wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, and face lines. The process heals it all by forcing the skin to regenerate itself. It could also be a good solution before trying invasive treatments and plastic surgeries.
Another fact about microneedling is that it can be done all over the body and not just the face. Any part of the skin that needs repairing, has stretch marks or is suffering from wrinkles can be treated by dermaroller.
Microneedling does not have age limits but it is not for juveniles, unless under doctor’s supervision.
How does skin microneedling work?
The whole process is simple. Needles penetrate their way in and out of the skin. The created micro-injuries stimulate the brain to produce more collagen and elastin in that area to heal itself. More collagen means smoother skin with no signs of scars and wrinkles.
So microneedling reverses the signs of aging as well as preventing it. The outcome could be compared to lasers, only here you lightly injure your skin mechanically instead of doing it with light and heat. The process is slightly painful, but there are ways to reduce the discomfort.
What are microneedling benefits?
We went through the outcome of this treatment, but there are more benefits to this treatment which are:
- Reducing deep irreversible wrinkles and aging skin
- Repairing scars
- Repairing body stretch marks causing by birth or weight loss
- Reversing sun damage on skin and pigmentation
- Shrinking skin pores
- Gaining better result of skincare routine
Does microneedling have side effects and risks?
To be honest, microneedling, like any cosmetic procedure has its risks. Some of it is minor and it is normal to go through with all that, like skin irritation after the treatment. It could last even a day after the process but finally fades away as the skin healing process is over.
Another normal aftermath is skin redness.
How much does skin microneedling cost?
Microneedling is one of the very cost-effective and non-invasive ways to repair damaged skin. Its cost varies from different clinics around the world but it usually costs 100 to 700 dollars per session. And consider that you need at least 3 to 4 sessions to get the final result, depending on how damaged your skin is. You should also know microneedling is considered a cosmetic procedure and it is not covered by usual insurances.
How much does microneedling cost in Australia?
As we said, the cost of microneedling differs for many factors like the size of the treatment area, the amount of damage, and the clinics doing it and of course the city. For instance microneedling costs could be higher in cities such as Melbourne or Sydney in comparison to Perth. But the price usually starts from 200 australian dollars per session and then goes up.
What is microneedling aftercare?
The result of the process is visible immediately after the treatment. The skin might feel warm and tight and its color gets mildly red or pink if you stand under direct sunlight for a while. But these two aftermaths will subside after a few hours.
To reduce the redness and skin irritation after microneedling, you can use a cooling face mask. Some fresh cucumber will also give you the same result.
But since your skin has opened up and is more vulnerable now, there are some skin care routines you should follow to get the best result.
- Use hydration and specialized serums. Consult with your doctor or microneedling specialist before purchasing them.
- Do not apply make-up on the area to 24 to 72 hours after treatment.
- Avoid direct sunlight for a few days. If you have to go out, use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 or higher sunscreen.
- Do not try any exfoliation method on your skin.
- Cleans your skin only with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser such as the AnteAGE MD Cleanser.
Common Questions about microneedling
We pretty much told you everything there was about microneedling. But if you have a question that was not answered, read this FAQ.
What should I expect after microneedling?
You can expect progress at least a few hours after the treatment. The skin tissue should have a firm, tight, and smooth texture. You can also expect some normal side effects that we talked about above.
What is microneedling vs microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. On the other hand, microneedling causes small punctures to stimulate the skin to produce more collagen.
Does microneedling hurt?
It is not pain-free if the clinic doesn’t use good numbing cream.
Who shouldn’t do microneedling?
- Any kind of infection
- Open wounds
- Certain skin diseases, such as eczema or psoriasis
- Ongoing radiation therapy
- Being prone to keloid scars
How should I prepare for microneedling?
There are a few things you should or should not do before you microneedling sessions. Here are some examples:
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil for at least 3 days before your treatment.
- Avoid any IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure, or sunburn for at least 2 weeks before your treatment.
- Do not wax, use depilatory creams, or electrolysis in the area you want to do microneedling on it.
- Do not shave that area on the day of your session. That is to avoid any skin irritation more than necessary. But it is okay to shave a day before your session.
- Do not apply blood-thinning agents for one week before your session to avoid bruising as a side effect.
- Avoid using topical agents such as retinoids, exfoliants, topical antibiotics, or acids 5 to 7 days before your session. They increase skin sensitivity.
How soon can I see microneedling results?
That depends on the skin area and skin conditions. But in a normal anti-aging microneedling, you can have visible results after the first session. But keep in mind that actual and more permanent results only show up after at least 3-4 sessions.
Does the micro needling effect fade over time?
Microneedling has a lot of permanent benefits for the skin such as minimizing scars, removing stretch marks, removing sun spots and reducing wrinkles.
The other effects of microneedling treatment such as skin tightening or age spots removal last for a period of time but could also come back since skin is a live organ, depending on age, skin tissue, skin type, and skin condition.
Do I need extra sessions for microneedling?
If you feel your skin tissue needs to be tighter and firmer, then it’s probably time for a microneedling treatment, but before doing any sessions consult with your doctor to avoid overusing this treatment.
How long is a microneedling procedure?
Total preparation and procedure time can take about 2 hours.
What is a dermapen?
As we said before, dermaroller, the microneedling handpiece device, has short and tiny needles that range in diameter from 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters. All needles should be sterile for the treatment.
Does microneedling also work for hair loss?
In general, microneedling could be effective for hair loss and the possible role of collagen in hair growth. During microneedling for hair loss, special nutrients are inserted into the scalp to prevent further hair loss and also to boost future hair growth. Some dermatologists even suggest microneedling for alopecia.
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that helps the skin to regenerate new collagen for younger more toned skin. Although it is mostly used on the face, it can be applied to any part of the skin. You’ll need to see a cosmetic specialist If you decide to try this procedure.
If you feel interested in microneedling or are considering trying it, we offer free consultation sessions before our appointments, you can contact us to find out more. You can relieve all your concerns with us before actually booking a treatment session.