Even if you’re a novice in the world of skincare, you’ve probably heard about microneedling. It’s popular among celebrities, aestheticians, and doctors alike. Microneedling is a highly effective procedure that has gained a fan base since it was first introduced in 1995. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has become so in-demand around the world that its market size is expected to grow by 7.9% annually from 2021 until 2028.
As its name implies, the process of microneedling uses hundreds of fine needles to create almost microscopic punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing response. For your skin, this means that your body will increase its production of collagen, elastin, and improve its skin cell turnover. That said, here are some reasons why microneedling is such a beneficial treatment.
Very minimal downtime
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure. The needles used are never more than 3mm long. Needles longer than that are only used by dermatologists to treat very deeper skin concerns. Hence, microneedling has very little downtime, if at all. Most people who undergo microneedling are able to resume their day as normal as soon as the procedure has been completed.
Can be used on the whole body
Unlike other treatments, like lasers, which can be too harsh for delicate areas, microneedling can be done from head to toe. It’s similar to other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, like RF needling or Skinfinity needling, which can reduce signs of aging on more sensitive skin. Microneedling can be done on the neck, around the eyes, the chest, the buttocks, and even the scalp. And the process addresses various concerns, like scarring, wrinkling, pigmentation, cellulite, and hair thinning.
Helps skincare penetration
Researchers have found that only about 8% of topical skincare is absorbed by the skin. Meanwhile, because microneedling effectively causes tiny openings in the skin barrier, products applied over this can directly penetrate the skin. As such, serums like Niacinamide, which also treats similar issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, and rough textures, are commonly used after each microneedling session to complement its effects.
Of course, just like every other procedure, there are a few less exciting factors that must be accounted for before you undergo any treatment.
Not everyone is a candidate for it
Although microneedling is generally considered tolerable by most, certain skin conditions may react poorly to this particular treatment. For instance, those who have active acne, a skin infection, or are prone to keloids aren’t recommended to undergo microneedling procedures. Meanwhile, for older patients, it’s advisable to seek the advice of professionals with a background in health administration first, because some medications (like blood thinners) increase the likelihood of bruising. Having received training in senior services, these experts can help determine if microneedling is suitable for a patient’s medical history. Overall, while microneedling is no doubt useful for jumpstarting your skin health, it isn’t for everyone.
Can cause slight discomfort
Despite the fact that a numbing topical cream is used prior to microneedling, some patients may still report feelings of discomfort afterwards. These include feeling warm, tingly, tight, or itchy in the first 12-48 hours after the procedure. Aside from the physical side effects, some patients may feel uneasy about the blood that arises as a result of the pricking. Although this blood is very minimal, it may be distressing for some.
May cause damage if overdone
When done too often or with too much pressure, microneedling can cause more damage to the skin. This is why skincare professionals carefully space out each session. However, with the proliferation of over-the-counter derma rollers, patients are more at risk of incorrectly microneedling their skin. Hence, it’s recommended to leave microneedling to the professionals. In most states, only medical professionals who’ve completed concentrations in dermatology or plastic surgery are qualified to offer microneedling services. This ensures that each procedure is safe and tailored to each patient.
In conclusion, microneedling is a cost-effective, minimally invasive, and highly effective procedure that most patients can undergo. When administered by a professional, it can reveal stronger, brighter, and healthier skin. However, one should consider any existing skin conditions or medications before opting for the procedure.
If you’re interested in microneedling or other procedures, such as lip fillers in Solana Beach, please check our site or contact our medical team for a comprehensive treatment plan.
Written exclusively for Beautyandbodylounge.com
by Amy Charmer