Microneedling has been hailed as the next big thing for skincare by fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan but it has actually been around for more than fifty years! Sometimes Microneedling is also known as CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy). Up until very recently, most skin care professionals have used the light and heat from lasers to stimulate healing and collagen production in the skin but many are now turning to Microneedling instead.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling uses dozens of extremely fine needles to puncture the skin which in turn, promotes healing. It sounds kind of cringy, but Microneedling is actually a minimally invasive procedure and relatively discomfort free since the skin care professional applies a numbing cream to your face before using the dermapen or dermaroller on you.
How long does Microneedling take?
The whole process only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Most patients have the procedure done 4 times, 30 days apart. In cases where the issues being treated involve something like the deeper scarring from chicken pox or severe acne, it may take a few more times to achieve optimal results.
How does Microneedling work?
The tiny pin pricks in the top layer of your skin encourage your body’s natural wound healing process. Wound healing can result in increased collagen and elastin (for a tightening effect) as well as more cell turnover (for more glowy, younger looking skin). Because Microneedling uses the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, the results are very natural.
Why choose Microneedling over lasers?
Many people are choosing Microneedling over lasers because it is generally better tolerated and the downtime is minimal – you’re back to your normal activities the next day. People with darker skin tones especially are choosing Microneedling because, unlike lasers, there is no risk of a change in skin color.
How soon does Microneedling produce results?
Many people notice a difference right after the very first treatment, especially in reduction in pore size. Improvements in your skin tone will continue over the following weeks. For the best results, Microneedling should be repeated every 30 days. As states previously, most people need 4 treatments for the best results but some may need a few more.
Who can have Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used on a variety of age groups like teens with acne scars, moms with stretch marks, and more mature people with crepey skin on their knees or arms. Anyone with active acne or eczema should not be treated with Microneedling.
What are the benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is great for tightening and toning skin, minimizing scars and stretch marks, and reduction in wrinkles and crowsfeet. Microneedling is also a wonderful remedy for hyperpigmentation and sun damage (great for us desert dwellers!). Microneedling also allows topically applied serums and creams to penetrate the skin more deeply. (Your skincare professional will know which products are ok to be used in conjunction with Microneedling.)
Can I use a home Microneedling kit?
There are home kits, but it really is best to have Microneedling done by a professional. First of all, the home kits do not have the longer needle lengths that are only available to a professional and that are effective in collagen production. Also, it is important to make sure that the dermapen or dermaroller is completely disinfected or you could be risking an infection or damage to your skin. Again, this is something that is better left to the professionals. Finally, a professional will know whether Microneedling is safe for your skin. If you have eczema, rosacea, or active acne, a professional will treat that issue and wait to use Microneedling until your skin is healed and it is safe to do so. At-Home kits are basically just exfoliators. For really great results like smoother, plumper skin, less sagging, a reduction in crows’ feet, smaller pores, and a youthful glow, seeing a professional for Microneedling is the way to go!