Microneedling involves rolling tiny needles across your face. With that said, you might be surprised to learn that this process benefits your skin’s health, thanks to something called collagen induction. The derma-roller used in microneedling leaves tiny pinpricks in the top layer of the skin. These injuries, which are too small to be noticeable to the naked eye, stimulates the body’s collagen and elastin production to promote healing. As the skin heals from a microneedling treatment, it’s often looks younger, smoother, and firmer than it did before the treatment. Here are four common skin concerns that can be improved through microneedling.
1. Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Our skin loses collagen and elastin over time, which is part of the reason why our skin tends to wrinkle as the years add up. Microneedling causes a burst in collagen and elastin production, leaving firmer or smoother skin. After several treatments, it’s possible to reduce the number of visible lines on your skin and literally take several years off your face.
Microneedling can also combat aging by allowing increased absorption of skincare products. The tiny pinpricks in the skin serve as extra channels for serums and creams to penetrate the skin and work even more efficiently.
2. Soften Acne Scars
The boost in collagen and elastin caused by microneedling can also increase cell turnover, which is the shedding and replacing of dead skin cells. This can soften and fade acne scars, making them less noticeable over time.
3. Shrink Enlarged Pores
As the skin becomes plump and firm from increased collagen, it can make pores appear smaller. Enlarged pores will “shrink” when the extra collagen inflates the surrounding skin. While changes may only be noticeable up close, smaller pores can contribute to younger, healthier-looking skin.
4. Fade Sun Sports
Multiple years in the sun can lead to sun spots, which is why these little brown spots on our hands and faces contribute even further to the look of aging. Similar to acne scars, microneedling stimulates the cell turnover that helps these spots fade faster. Microneedling is also a safer and less traumatic alternative to laser therapy, which addresses the same problems but comes with more side-effects.
What to Expect from Your First Microneedling Treatment
During the procedure itself, the esthetician will use a derma-roller or derma-pen to apply microneedling to the skin. Sometimes, a numbing cream or ointment might be used to keep the patient comfortable. After the treatment is applied, skin might feel swollen or sensitive to the touch, which should fade within 24 hours. A single treatment can take 30-45 minutes, and you might notice some small changes right away. Full results appear after about a week and last for several months. Most cases will require two or three individual treatments before improvements can be seen.
Microneedling Aftercare Tips
Aftercare instructions for the microneedling procedure tend to require the patient to avoid sunlight, exercise, and germ-ridden environments for at least a day. Active skincare products, such as alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids or retinol, are potentially irritating to open wounds and should be avoided, as well. The patient may also be instructed to drink plenty of water to fuel their skin’s healing process.
Seeing A Microneedling Professional
Along with proper aftercare, a successful microneedling experience depends on having a trained expert performing it. Consulting with a professional is the best way to determine if microneedling is right for you. Microneedling is also just one of many cosmetic procedures that can improve your appearance. If you’re ready to banish imperfections in your skin for good, contact us at Dental Specialty Associates to start your anti-aging journey today.