Everything You Need to Know About Microneedling

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Although microneedling was once viewed skeptically, there have been more studies on the treatment, and the popularity of microneedling is on the rise.

What is this procedure, and does it have any benefits? Should you consider giving it a try?

Below, we go over everything that you need to know about microneedling, including what it is, the benefits you can expect, and whether it’s right for you. Read on to learn more about this approach to better skin health.

What Is Microneedling?

Before we dive into the purposes and benefits of microneedling, let’s discuss what it is.

Also called collagen induction therapy, this treatment involves tiny needles that penetrate the skin’s surface to improve the look and texture of your skin. It’s a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure meant to leave you with smoother, firmer skin.

These needle pricks cause the skin to start producing elastin, collagen, and new skin tissue. These needles are single-use only, sterilized, and completely safe.

People may get a microneedling treatment for many reasons, but one of the most common is that our skin starts to lose elasticity as we age. As we get older, our skin also produces less collagen, both of which can cause the skin to lose its firmness.

This treatment can prompt the skin to boost the production of collagen and elastin to help improve the skin’s appearance.

What Does Microneedling Address?

Now that you know more about what the procedure entails, you might be wondering who goes in for a microneedling treatment. If you have the following concerns, it might be a good fit for you.

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Large pores
  • Acne or acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Dull complexion

By getting a microneedling treatment, you can achieve skin that looks younger, firmer, and more toned. This can give you a more youthful appearance and do wonders for your confidence.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to trying this method, as microneedling essentially reinvigorates your skin. Microneeding uses your body’s natural healing ability to improve the look and texture of your skin.

In addition to the concerns listed above, microneedling can help with the following.

Reduced Appearance of Acne Scars

Are you dealing with acne and wondering how you can improve the look and feel of your skin? Microneedling is a less invasive alternative to chemical peels or laser treatments.

A recent study looked at participants with atrophic acne scars who went through a few months of microneedling treatments. The participants saw a noticeable improvement in the look of their scars after multiple sessions.

Helps Heal Surgery Scars and Stretch Marks

At Vita Felice, we use the Eclipse MicroPen, and our treatment includes bone marrow-derived growth factors and cytokines. Our method of microneedling can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and surgery scars.

That’s right—you can use this treatment anywhere on the body, not just the face!

It’s Safe to Use on All Skin Tones

You can use this method of skin treatment on any skin tones without worrying about pigmentation issues. In fact, this treatment can address issues with both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.

Use It Alone or With LED Treatment

When going to get microneedling done, you can also combine it with LED Light Therapy for maximum effectiveness. This treatment uses low-level LED light and increases circulation, boosts the production of elastin and collagen, and speeds up tissue repair.

Fast Recovery Time

As it’s minimally invasive, the recovery time typically only lasts a day to a few days. Of course, this depends on the desired outcome and the treatment received.

Usually Painless

Although the idea of tiny needles pricking the skin might cause concern, the treatment is not painful as we use a Health Canada approved numbing agent. Although some people with low pain tolerance may feel mild discomfort.

The Potential Drawbacks

While this is a minimally invasive treatment, you might be wondering if there are any risks involved. Does it hurt, or are there any side effects?

Let’s go over some of the potential risks.

Multiple Treatments Provide the Best Results

While this isn’t strictly a drawback, you’ll achieve the best results if you continue going back for more treatments. This is true with any type of skincare, as consistency and regular appointments are often key to healthy-looking skin.

Multiple treatments deliver the best benefits. As such, you should set and keep your follow-up appointments.

Post-Treatment Care Needed

After the procedure, you’ll need to keep your skin safe from the sun. Skin will be more sensitive to UV rays.

Some patients also experience skin irritation and redness around the treatment area. These side effects usually go away within a few days.

Results Take Time

Before you can see the full effects of treatment, the collagen needs time to grow. This can take weeks to months, and you may need additional treatments and sessions. Your body continues to produce collagen for about 6 months after the treatment.

Consultations and Pre-Treatments

To determine if you’re a good candidate for microneedling, you may need to attend a consultation or receive a pre-treatment. This is an important step since people with certain skin conditions may not be suitable fits for treatment. These skin conditions may include eczema, rosacea, and those prone to keloid scarring.

It’s also not suitable for pregnant and lactating women as well as those taking prescribed acne medication.

Achieve More Youthful-Looking Skin

Microneedling is an excellent alternative to more invasive skin treatments. It’s safe and has few side effects, though it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure to attend a consultation prior to getting a microneedling treatment.

If you want younger-looking, healthier skin, consider giving this treatment a try. Set up an appointment today to get started and start seeing clearer skin!