There’s a buzz lately around microneedling. For years it’s been a go-to therapy for dermatologists in the treatment of facial scars; but recently, microneedling has experienced a boost in popularity due to its expanded usage and its availability at medical spas across the country.
So, what’s all the excitement about? What is microneedling and how can it benefit you?
Microneedling also called collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, skin rejuvenating treatment that uses a special motorized device containing sterile surgical grade fine needles. The procedure creates microscopic channels in the skin that trigger the body’s natural healing response; this stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin to revitalize aging skin and reduce acne scars.
As a result, the microneedling process improves the skin’s texture and elasticity helping to diminish the damage from scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Who Can Benefit from Microneedling?
If you have scars from acne on your face, neck, or chest, or if you’ve developed dark, blotchy pigmentation anywhere on your skin, microneedling can reduce their appearance and enhance the smoothness of your skin.
Microneedling can be performed on all skin types and skin tones, and wherever the skin has been damaged, scarred, or stretch marks. Microneedling can help reduce dark, blotchy pigmentation and acne scars to enhance the smoothness of your skin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The specially designed handheld device glides on the surface of the skin, creating the micro-channels as superficial as 0.2 millimeters or as deep as 3.0 millimeters. This process stimulates the healing process in the body to produce collagen and elastin. As a result, scars and wrinkles are less noticeable.
A typical microneedle session takes less than thirty minutes and has practically no downtime. The skin may display some redness afterward; that usually subsides in a day or two.
Cosmetic vs Medical Microneedling
Medical microneedling is often confused with cosmetic microneedling. There is a difference and is categorized according to the depth of the needle. Cosmetic microneedle for home use will typically be a manual roller with a needle depth of 0.1 to 0.2 millimeters. This depth creates small superficial channels into the epidermis for an increase of product penetration into the skin. Medical microneedling devices will be a motorized pen shaped device with a needle depth ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 millimeters. These depths are used to trigger the healing response in the body to start producing collagen and elastin.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The exact number of microneedling sessions will depend on your personal skin condition. Usually, two to four treatments will be needed for moderate conditions. Multiple treatments may be needed for more severe scarring or stretch marks. In general, it’s recommended to wait four to six weeks between microneedling sessions.
Your plastic surgeon will determine how many sessions you require, based on your medical and cosmetic history.
What are the Results of Microneedling?
Clinical studies have found microneedling to have a positive effect on atrophic facial scars, and in treating facial recalcitrant melisma, a chronic skin disorder that causes dark, blotchy pigmentation on the face.
The effects of microneedling can be apparent in as little as one or two weeks after treatment, with the full effects gradually seen over a few months.
Over time microneedling can improve the aesthetic effects of:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Age spots
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
- Severe scars
- Blotchy pigmentation
Noticeable effects of microneedling on the skin include:
- Smoother complexion
- Increased tautness
- Rejuvenated texture
- Radiant and youthful skin quality
What’s Next for Microneedling?
As clinical research continues to confirm the effectiveness of microneedling, more people will look to experience the potential benefits the therapy has to offer.
To achieve the best results for microneedling, it’s crucial to work with a certified plastic surgeon. Your doctor or provider should only be using state-of-the-art microneedling materials and equipment, and together, decide which microneedling method is best suited for your medical and cosmetic needs.
Want to learn more about how microneedling can help you shed those scars, fine lines or wrinkles? Contact us today to schedule a complete skin care consultation.