Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that helps treat various skin conditions. The minimally invasive technique involves using tiny, sterile needles that puncture the skin, stimulating the healing process. Creating small holes in the skin’s top layer causes physical trauma.
It leads to the production of collagen and elastin, which help keep the skin smooth and firm. The procedure is usually performed on the face but can also be used on other body parts.
IS IT GOOD FOR THE SKIN?
Microneedling can help improve the texture and appearance of the skin, reducing signs of aging. It is different from microdermabrasion that uses a device with a rough surface to exfoliate the upper skin layer.
The procedure involves needles that penetrate the skin, making it ideal for issues such as acne scars. Apart from addressing skin-related issues, microneedling can help rejuvenate the skin. It is essential to get the procedure done by a qualified aesthetician.
WHEN TO GET MICRONEEDLING
The procedure has both medical and cosmetic uses. The treatment can help with different skin issues such as:
- Wrinkles or fine lines.
- Enlarged pores.
- Loose, thin, and wrinkled skin.
- Mild scarring from burns or acne.
- Stretch marks.
- Uneven skin tone or skin discoloration.
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
- Alopecia areata or hair loss caused by autoimmune disease.
Microneedling can deliver vaccines or drugs directly into the skin.
Before the procedure, the dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or aesthetician will begin by examining the skin. The specialist will review your health history and discuss treatment goals. You could ask questions about the procedure. Find out if it hurts or if there are any side effects or risks associated with the procedure.
Ask how soon you can expect results, whether there is downtime, and how many treatments you need. You may need to apply a cream containing vitamin A or C for a month before the treatment. It helps boost collagen production.
During the treatment, the specialist will clean your skin before applying a numbing agent. It is done 30 to 45 minutes before the procedure, giving the agent time to work. Using an electric tool or handheld roller with tiny needles, the aesthetician creates wounds on the skin.
The needles puncture the skin, and you might experience a scratching sensation or warmth during the treatment. Some people experience discomfort as the needles pass over a body area like the cheekbones. Deep microneedling produces a little bleeding.
Microneedling can take between 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. You can go home immediately after treatment. The skin may appear swollen and red for the next five days.
Placing an ice pack on the treatment area can help reduce discomfort and irritation. It is a good idea to stay away from the sun during the recovery. You may experience some skin tightness or dry and flaking skin for a few days after treatment.
Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment, but some people may experience scarring, bruising, or skin infections. It helps improve the appearance of the skin.
For more on whether microneedling is good for your skin, visit Beverly Hills Aesthetics at our Los Angeles, California office. Call 424-284-7570 to schedule an appointment today.