The idea of a beauty treatment that involves puncturing your skin with needles may sound a little horrifying, but you won’t be horrified by the results. Microneedling is a proven technique that can give you a youthful, glowing complexion. If you’ve avoided microneedling because you’re afraid of a long, complicated procedure, you can relax. Microneedling is a safe, efficient way to get wonderful results.
What Can Microneedling Do for You?
Microneedling can improve your skin in a number of ways. In just a few minutes, it can:
- Give you radiant, youthful-looking skin
- Even out skin tone
- Give your face a lasting glow
- Erase blemishes, sun spots and age spots
- Heal acne and acne pitting
- Soothe chronically dry, itchy skin
- Make skin’s texture silky-smooth
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Stave off the need for fillers, lasers and peels
What Is It Exactly?
In a nutshell, microneedling is a technique that prompts your skin to heal itself. As the microneedling device goes to work, your skin starts creating large amounts of collagen, which is skin’s favorite building block. Skin with high levels of collagen can fight off wrinkles, clear up acne, close your pores and get back that youthful bounce that age takes away. In fact, microneedling is so effective at doing this that it also goes by the name collagen induction therapy. Its ability to make skin look its best has been proven in clinical studies for decades.
The Latest Craze?
You might be forgiven for thinking microneedling is a new fad. Many beauty writers and celebrities have been spotted posting their post-microneedling photographs on social media and raving about this treatment. In fact, it has been around for decades. It didn’t start life as a beauty treatment; its original use was in medical settings to heal scars and stretch marks. Once doctors noticed that it also produced excellent cosmetic results, it became a featured treatment in beauty salons and medical spas. It’s an old-fashioned beauty trend that has suddenly seen new life for the simple reason that it works.
A Safe, Minimally Invasive Technique
There’s no question that dermal fillers, injections, laser treatments, deep chemical peels, and plastic surgery can turn back the clock on your face. Even so, you may wish to avoid undergoing any invasive techniques. These techniques also aren’t appropriate for teenagers or younger women, but microneedling can be safely used at almost any age.
When you opt for microneedling, you allow your skin to bloom with natural strength and beauty. Microneedling addresses the same concerns that fillers, laser treatments and injections do:
- Fine lines
- Loss of elasticity
- Acne and acne scars
- Sun damage
You might also feel you’re not ready for a full chemical peel, which can take a week or more of recovery. Chemical peels work well, but microneedling can help you get similar results without the recovery or downtime.
How Does Microneedling Work?
If you’ve ever had a slight skin injury, you’ve seen the process at work. When you get a scratch or a cut, your skin creates a new layer of fresh, new skin over the injured area. This new skin is smooth, strong and made from fresh, young skin cells.
With microneedling, this happens in a controlled, gentle way all over your face. The needles don’t penetrate deeply into your skin. They stay right on the surface, where they cause the same healing mechanism to start. Your doctor or spa technician controls their speed and depth to ensure the best results possible. As this is happening, your skin gets busy creating collagen and elastin. The entire process takes only a few minutes, but the results are long-lasting and they continue building over time.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling can help with several skin conditions. As you continue getting treatments, you’ll start to see dramatic improvements.
Combats Signs of Aging
Microneedling is an excellent way to fight fine lines and deep wrinkles. The high levels of collagen help fill in those lines around your eyes, mouth, forehead and nose. Because it helps your skin retain moisture, your face will look fuller and more youthful.
Improves Skin Tone
If your skin is marred by large pores or rough texture, microneedling will make it velvety smooth. You’ll notice that your pores look smaller and your skin’s texture feels smooth. It helps clear up discolored and blemished areas to make you look fresh and radiant at all times.
Removes Sun Damage and Other Blemishes
If you have spots from age, sun damage, pregnancy or other factors, you can finally see them fade away with microneedling. If you’ve been struggling to fade these spots with at-home treatments that don’t work and can damage your skin, it’s time to try a treatment that works. Many of those fade creams contain bleach. Microneedling doesn’t put any harmful chemicals into your skin.
Makes Your Skin Naturally Healthy
Microneedling works with your body’s natural processes to help your skin become strong and healthy. The results continue for weeks after you’ve had you first treatment. You’ll notice that your skin looks better and better as the weeks go by. Because it’s a safe, natural treatment that doesn’t rely on heat, injections, synthetic fillers or chemicals, you can get more microneedling treatments whenever you want to boost your glow.
Microneedling was originally developed as a scar treatment. It still serves this purpose today. You can use it to heal acne scars and scars caused by medical treatments. You can also use microneedling to heal stretch marks on your body.
Makes Your Beauty Products Work Better
Microneedling allows your skin care products to sink deep into your pores. It lets your products work on a deep level. You will find that your regular routine is suddenly giving you phenomenal results. If you’re determined to stay away from surgery and other invasive techniques as long as possible, microneedling combined with a good skin care regimen can help you do that. Together, they’ll help your skin stay youthful for a long time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
- It is suitable for any skin type or color.
- It won’t irritate sensitive skin.
- It can be used by people with rosacea or redness.
- You should wear sunscreen for at least a week after getting the treatment.
- Some people with acne will experience a slight flare-up the day after a treatment. This normally goes away after a day or two.
What Happens at a Microneedling Treatment?
Before the treatment, your doctor or spa professional applies a topical anesthetic to your skin. The procedure itself takes only minutes. Afterward, your provider places a cooling ointment on your skin. You may experience slight redness or swelling the day after treatment. This will clear up after two or three days.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
While you’ll notice immediate improvements, most experts agree that you’ll need five or six treatments to achieve the most dramatic results. You should wait a matter of weeks between treatments. Once you’ve completed about six treatments, you can maintain your results by getting a microneedling treatment every so often.
How to Make Your Microneedling Even Better
If you want to take your microneedling results to the next level, consider turning your session into a Vampire Facial. This term refers to a microneedling session that incorporates platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood. To isolate the PRP, a skilled professional first draws a small quantity of your blood. This blood then goes into a centrifuge to separate the PRP and preserve it. Your provider then applies the PRP to your skin where the microneedling was done.
How PRP Can Help
Enriching your facial with PRP makes the results more dramatic and longer-lasting. If you want to boost the benefits of microneedling, consider adding this extra step. You’re likely to be very happy with the results.
Is Microneedling Right for You?
Microneedling can be a great addition to your skin care routine. It reduces wrinkles and blemishes and makes your skin glow. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of microneedling, feel free to make an appointment with Radiant Divine Medical Spa. At our convenient locations in Avon, Brecksville, and Medina, we will be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today to set up your consultation!