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Although it has been around since 1995, microneedling has gained popularity in recent years. Now, because of several new fad DIY products, microneedling is back in the limelight of cosmetic procedures. When done professionally, microneedling can boost collagen, reduce the appearance of scars, and stimulate hair growth. If you’ve never heard of microneedling, here’s what you should know.
Needles are Used to Puncture the Skin
Microneedling is typically done with a roller covered in tiny needles. As the needles are rolled over the face, they puncture the skin and create hundreds of microscopic holes. This trauma stimulates the natural healing process that can make skin look new. Because the needles only shallowly prick the skin, which triggers a response from the body to promote blood flow and activate the healing properties of the blood without any permanent damage being done.
Can Increase Collagen
One of the biggest benefits of microneedling is that it can boost the production of collagen in the facial tissue, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and scars. As a result, the skin appears plumper, younger, and more supple.
While it does involve needles, microneedling is less invasive than other injectable procedures. The fine points of the needles cause minimal surface damage, barely piercing the surface of your skin, and nothing is injected. The procedure is quick and requires no recovery time.
Stimulates Hair Follicles
If you are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, microneedling has shown to stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting new hair growth. It can work in tandem with other hair growth treatments for optimal results.
Can Reduce Cellulite
Just as it stimulates blood flow and healing to the face, it can be used in other areas to reduce cellulite by improving blood flow and boosting collagen.
Can be Used to Treat Acne
One of the most common types of facial scars are those that result from acne. Microneedling can reduce the appearance of acne scars by increasing blood flow and healing to the afflicted areas of the face and other parts of the body.
The results of microneedling can appear almost immediately. While the area where microneedling was applied may appear red and a little swollen at first, the skin keeps its fresh new glow as the redness fades.
Though Results are Temporary, they Last a Few Weeks
You can expect a few weeks of radiant, newer-looking skin following a microneedling treatment. Although these results are not permanent or even as long lasting as other injectable facial fillers, the treatment can simply be repeated to achieve the same results again.
Results Improve Over Time
Regular treatments (professionals recommend once a month) result in long term benefits. In most cases, there is a significant increase in collagen production up to 6 months after treatment. The procedure doesn’t just correct the immediate problem for a temporary time; it promotes a lasting improvement to the facial skin and tissue.
It is Possible to Overdo It
As with anything that provides results, you may be tempted to overuse the procedure. But microneedling too frequently can cause issues such as inflammation, broken capillaries, and a fake/plastic look.
Use Gentle Products After Treatment
You may experience some mild irritation following microneedling, so be sure to use gentle, mild facial products including cleanser, moisturizer, and makeup.
Best Results Come From Professional Microneedling
While there are a number of DIY microneedling products out there, the best results are achieved by professionals. Patients who have tried both professional and DIY microneedling report longer-lasting results, more collagen production, and better overall appearance after professional treatment.
Get Better Results from CORE Medical & Wellness
If you’re thinking of trying microneedling, get the best results from CORE Medical & Wellness. From reducing the appearance of lines and facial scars to stimulating hair growth, the experts at CORE Medical & Wellness can use microneedling to make your skin look newer and brighter. Call today to schedule a consultation: (888) 215-0688.
Kristin Freda is our medical aesthetician at CORE Medical & Wellness. Kristin has been in the skincare industry for 13+ years, and has worked at some of the most prestigious day spas and medical spas in New Jersey. Read her full bio here.