When you hear the word ‘micro-injury,’ the first association you come to is probably not glowy, dewy skin, but perhaps it should be. Microneedling is a procedure that has become increasingly popular in the skincare world because it treats various skin concerns and helps users achieve the type of glowing skin you might mistake for airbrush. Although it sounds invasive, the tiny needles used in microneedling are minuscule and minimally invasive, going to a depth of only 0.5mm for spa use and 2.5 – 4mm for more advanced collagen induction therapy; in other words, very, very shallow.
How Microneedling Works
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, involves using a specialized device with fine needles. These needles create microscopic channels in the skin’s surface, triggering the body’s natural healing response. The skin heals, producing new collagen and elastin, improving texture, firmness, and overall skin rejuvenation.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling offers a multitude of benefits for various skin concerns as well as anti-aging. Microneedling helps reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks. Additionally, it improves skin tone and texture, minimizes pore size, and enhances the effectiveness of skincare products by allowing better absorption.
The Microneedling Process
Before undergoing microneedling, it is essential to consult with a qualified skincare professional who will assess your skin and determine the appropriate treatment plan. To minimize discomfort during the procedure, a numbing cream may be applied. The microneedling device is gently rolled or stamped over the skin, creating controlled micro-injuries. Depending on the treatment area, the process typically takes around 30 minutes to an hour.
After microneedling, following proper post-treatment care to optimize results and promote healing is crucial. This includes keeping the treated area clean, avoiding direct sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, and refraining from applying makeup or harsh skincare products for a designated period. Your skincare professional will provide detailed instructions tailored to your specific needs.
Number of Sessions and Results
The number of microneedling sessions needed varies depending on individual skin concerns and goals. Generally, a series of treatments a few weeks apart is recommended to achieve optimal results. Noticeable improvements can be seen as early as a few weeks after the first session, with continued enhancements over time as collagen production continues.
Professional vs. Microneedling At Home
While at-home microneedling devices are available, seeking professional treatments for the best and safest results is generally recommended. Skincare professionals have the expertise to customize the treatment, use appropriate needle lengths, and maintain sterile conditions to minimize the risk of complications.