Everyone can use a little help keeping their skin looking and feeling its best. On top of a good at-home skin care routine, a professional treatment such as microneedling can be useful to really take your skin to the next level. While many people have heard of this treatment option, not everyone fully understands how it works and what exactly it can do for your skin. Feel free to contact our professionals at InjectAbility® Clinic to learn more. Below is more information about this safe and effective skin rejuvenating option and what it can do for you.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves using a special pen equipped with multiple fine needles to create microchannels across the face. It is done in a precise and controlled manner in order to cause “injuries” to the face where they will do the most good.
After the device has passed over your face, the body automatically begins to heal the area. This involves creating fresh collagen and elastin fibers for that area of skin. Without collagen and elastin, which naturally slow down in production with age, the skin can begin to look dull and droopy. By essentially tricking your body into creating more collagen, you are making your face look younger from the inside out! Due to the goal of the treatment, microneedling is also sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy. Unlike many of the passing trends in skin care that have come and gone, this method has been used successfully for decades.
This treatment is also effective on thinner areas of the skin. This includes near the eyes, where it can help reduce the look of crow’s feet and on the back of the hands. Other popular treatment areas include around the mouth and on the neck.
What Does Microneedling Do for Your Skin?
If you have more than one skin issue that is causing you concern, you may be happy to learn that this treatment addresses many common problems at once. Some of the things that can be improved include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
- Pigmentation issues (hyperpigmentation)
- Loose skin
- Skin texture issues
Although most commonly done on the face, this treatment can also be used on other parts of the body. As a bonus, this treatment also helps prepare your skin to absorb topical treatments more effectively. It is an unfortunate fact of life that much of the expensive creams and lotions we buy never make it into the skin. Microneedling can be combined with things like topical tretinoin if you are seeking a way to treat active acne outbreaks.
Who Is Microneedling Right For?
This treatment option is considered safe and effective for almost anyone. If you are seeking a way to improve your complexion without an invasive procedure, this choice may be perfect for you. Many treatments are only considered for certain skin tones of people in a certain age range. This is not the case with microneedling. It is minimally-invasive and does not rely on lasers or other light to stimulate the collagen. Most people will be considered good candidates for this treatment. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are encouraged to put off their microneedling treatments, however. We also recommend that individuals with active acne breakouts wait until their skin has cleared up.
What to Expect with Microneedling?
First, we will thoroughly clean your skin. Second, we will numb it to ensure you experience no discomfort during your treatment. The device is then moved over the face in a precise manner. Multiple passes are typically required. Afterward, you may look as though you’ve gotten a sunburn. This typically fades dramatically within the first few hours and is gone completely within two days.
After your session, the most important thing to remember is to protect your skin from the sun. While this is always a good idea, your skin will be extra sensitive after microneedling. Results will appear over time as your body works to create more collagen.
In order to get your skin to its full potential, a series of microneedling treatments will likely be recommended. How many exactly will depend on your skin and the types of skin issues you are hoping to correct. Something like acne scarring, for example, may take four or five treatment sessions. If you are dealing with something ongoing, like wrinkles, you may need one or two sessions done annually to keep you looking young and fresh. Typically speaking, you will need to wait four to six weeks in between sessions.
Ready to learn more about microneedling and what it can do for you? Get in touch with the team at InjectAbility® Clinic in Torrance, CA. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is prepared to answer any questions you have and make sure that we come up with the best possible treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!