For those wanting to boost their appearance by adding collagen, improve the look of scars, or encourage hair to grow, microneedling offers the minimally invasive option you’ve been hoping to find.
While microneedling has helped transform the look of patients since 1995, the procedure has finally grown in popularity, thanks in part to YouTube and Instagram. However, if you don’t follow the latest trend setters on social media, you might not know about microneedling or what the cosmetic procedure can do to help you achieve the look you’ve been dreaming of.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the procedure, how it works, and what results you can expect.
What is Microneedling?
At the most basic level, microneedling is the process of inserting very fine, very short needles directly into the skin for the purpose of rejuvenation.
The most popular type of microneedling device, called a dermaroller, consists of dozens of micro-fine needles that range in diameter from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters. If the idea of having tiny needles run over your skin gives you the willies, don’t worry. The procedure feels more like a series of pin-pricks that only penetrate the surface level of your skin.
What Kind of Results Does it Offer?
Just from the microneedling procedure itself, you will begin to look pink, plump, and luminous after just a few weeks. In the short-term, the procedure works to plump the skin while also making it look more radiant as a result of the superficial swelling.
Over the long-term, microneedling can also offer some fairly impressive results. One 2008 study found that skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced nearly a 400 percent increase in elastin and collagen just six months after treatment was completed.
What Else Does Microneedling Do?
In addition to improving the appearance and radiance of your skin, microneedling works to stimulate dormant hair follicles which can lead to new hair growth.
A recent study that involved 100 participants divided into two groups found that 82 percent of the test group treated with microneedling reported a 50 percent improvement in hair growth compared to just 4.5 percent of the control group.
Studies have also shown that microneedling can help to reduce cellulite. New devices like Candela’s Profound can help to lift sagging skin and even out cellulite.
How Often Can I Receive Treatment?
Unlike skin peels that require months for the body to recover and heal before the next treatment, microneedling procedures can be done monthly. However, overuse can lead to broken or damaged capillaries, and can cause the skin to look plastic-like in appearance.
If performing the procedure at home, make sure to give your skin plenty of time to fully rest before your next treatment. You’ll also need to be a little gentle with your skin after microneedling. Our team of skin care experts at the Dermatology clinic can provide you with a recommendation on which products to use to help your skin heal.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
If you’re considering microneedling, make sure to let the professionals at the Dermatology Clinic handle your procedure. Contact our office today to schedule your microneedling appointment or to ask our skin care experts any questions you may have about the procedure.