Many people mistakenly fear microneedling, also called dermal needlings, simply because it contains the word, ‘needle’ and sounds like it might be unpleasant. However, it is a safe cosmetic procedure that renders outstanding results. It is commonly used in the treatment of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and acne scars.
The Process of Microneedling
The process involves the use of tiny micro-fine needles that measure from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters in diameter. The needles are located in what is known as a Dermapen. The Dermapen is run over the skin’s surface in specific, targeted locations. The needles within the pen make tiny punctures in to the skin’s surface and reach into the epidermis and the superficial dermis which spurs collagen production. The Dermapen is far less invasive than microneedle rollers or other methods. The punctures caused by the Dermapen needles spur the body’s natural healing reaction to produce collagen and repair the damage. Many refer to microneedling as collagen induction therapy or Dermapen collagen induction therapy, The new collagen created after the procedure renders a rejuvenated appearance that is completely scarless.
Benefits of Microneedling
There are numerous benefits to microneedling:
- A traditional facial lasts only a few days but after undergoing microneedling, the skin actually thickens and builds collagen to create long-lasting results.
- Microneedling has become popular in recent years because of the pleasing results and the low cost. It is typically far cheaper than more costly lasers.
- Far less downtime is experienced from microneedling than after undergoing laser treatments.
- It can be used successfully on dark-skinned people.
- Ideal for young patients who are seeking smoother skin but do not want to undergo any drastic procedures.
Will Microneedling Hurt?
One of the first questions that most people ask about the cosmetic procedure is, ‘Will it hurt?’ There might be discomfort but on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain, most people only place the discomfort of the procedure at a 2. However, during the procedure, a numbing cream will be applied to lessen the sensation and render the entire procedure pain free.
Additional Skin Refining Products Can be Used
In addition to microneedling, you can also opt to have additional topical skin refining products used such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. The tiny punctures created in the skin’s surface with the multitude of needles allows the topicals to readily enter the skin and reach the deeper layers for far better results. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump out the skin even more for greater results.
What to Expect After the Treatment
Following the treatment, some patients experience a reddening of the skin that is similar to a mild sunburn. It usually subsides in about 24 to 48 hours. As the redness subsides your skin will take on a glowing, plump appearance.
After Treatment Care
Keeping the skin hydrated is a great way to spur the healing process and create even better results. Many people use hydrating facial sprays, hyaluronic acid, or moisturizers with ceramides to help the healing process.
Will More Sessions be Needed?
Most people undergo four to six sessions spaced out every four weeks to attain optimum skin refining results. However, you should discuss the exact number needed with your cosmetic medical professional. Typically, for acne scars, you will be required to undergo six sessions spaced six weeks apart. Stretch marks require ten or more sessions spaced four to six weeks apart.
Microneedling is Not Just for Your Face
The cosmetic method is not just for your face. It can be used on other parts of your body to even out skin tone, remove scarring, and create a plumper appearance.
Please contact the Laser Skin & Vein Clinic today to learn more about their many services and to book a consultation to discover if dermal needling with a Dermapen is the right choice for you.