Microneedling: Puncturing your skin for a rejunivated look
Creams, lotions and potions promise amazing results but can sometimes disappoint and are often not powerful enough to eliminate or help to reduce problems like acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Those looking for something a little bit more powerful that offers minimal pain and natural results should read on to learn more on microneedling.
Why is microneedling so popular?
Even though this solution has been around since the 90s, it has grown in popularity in the past few years thanks to technological advancements that have made this procedure more mainstream. The procedure consists of puncturing the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, with an 0.5-2 mm wide needle to stimulate the skin’s healing process. This results in a boost of collagen and elastin production, meaning the texture and look of your skin is enhanced, silkier, smoother, etc. Fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, these skin issues that many women deal with can be improved or completely eliminated thanks to microneedling. Not only does this procedure offer immediate results with plump, glowing skin but it also has lasting results that can improve your skin over time. Microneedling can also help stimulate hair growth as well as minimize cellulite on the body making it a sort of non-stop shop for all your face and body concerns.
For the best results, dermatologists recommend you receive the treatment every month or every other month. Respecting the month limit is vital since appointments too close together can bring about broken capillaries.
Now, the important question on everyone’s lips: How much does this procedure actually cost? Every clinic’s price varies of course but one session can cost up to $300. It’s not cheap but there have been enough studies proving the effectiveness of this procedure.
Does microneedling hurt?
Have you ever gotten a bikini wax? If yes, know that this treatment hurts less than your monthly hair-removing appointments. The needles only pass on the skin once so it even hurts less than getting a tattoo. Unlike other clinical procedures, there is barely any downtime after a microneedling appointment except for a bit of immediate redness (as though you just finished an intense workout). However, it is recommended to steer clear of the gym or any place with intense heat and direct sunlight 24 hours after the appointment to avoid irritation.
Microneedling VS dermarolling
Dermarolling needles are much smaller than the ones used for microneedling. The width of dermarolling needles can reach 0.3 mm but not more. Dermarolling is also something that can be done at home, while microneedling is a treatment completed in a medical aesthetician or dermatologist’s office. Also, microneedling goes deeper into the epidermis than dermarolling and promotes collagen and elastin production.
Booking an appointment with a health professional like a dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician before contemplating this treatment is unnegotiable. After examining your skin, they will confirm whether you are a good candidate or not since microneedling can provoke skin reactions for some. Those who suffer from severe skin problems like eczema, rosacea, and acne should avoid this type of treatment since it could cause flare-ups. If you’re the type of person who loves to try any beauty-related trends and need help with your skin, microneedling might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Cover photo: Christopher Campbell | Unsplash