Microneedling therapy is a way to treat the skin for a range of skin conditions, as well as refresh the look of your skin. Now that we’ve gotten your attention, you probably have a few questions. This post will attempt to answer some of them for you.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves rolling a series of tiny needles over the skin to puncture the epidermis, your skin’s top layer. Although this may sound more like a type of torture, it isn’t. The microneedling process is actually a type of stimulation; the damage it causes triggers your body’s natural process of healing, which then causes the production of elastin and collagen.
This procedure is considered to be generally safe, but, just like with any other procedure, it also carries some risks that are also important to consider.
Benefits and Considerations
The microneedling procedure has many benefits. It can reduce the appearance of scars, minimize wrinkles and other skin imperfections, and even refresh the look of skin following sun exposure. Other benefits of microneedling include other skin conditions, including rosacea, loose skin, and alopecia. In addition to the face, microneedling can also be applied to other areas of the body where the aforementioned conditions may be present.
The procedure will create some minor pain due to the hundreds of small needles damaging your skin. However, a numbing agent is used during the process to minimize this. Because the numbing agent is temporary, you may experience redness and a small amount of pain for a few days afterward.
Because microneedling creates tiny wounds in the skin, you will need to take precautions against irritating your skin or exposing it to infection sources. This means keeping it clean and avoiding the use of public areas like gyms or swimming pools until your skin has healed. Your skin may also become discolored, but this is typically only a temporary condition.
Treatment and Results
This process isn’t an aggressive one, but it does involve growing new skin, which can take up to six months of treatments to achieve. Several treatments will be required over this period of time. The amount of time it takes the skin to recover depends on several factors, including:
- Length and density of needles used
- Patient’s age
- Patient’s skin color
- Where the treatment was applied
It’s recommended that you cleanse your skin with tepid water only in the first 48 hours after each treatment and pat the area dry. You’ll want to ensure your hands are clean when touching the treatment area and, if the treatment was applied to the face, you’re advised to avoid wearing makeup for the first 12 hours after each treatment.
Typically, it can take up to eight weeks to see visible improvements in the look of skin, which will continue to gradually improve over the next several months.
Spark Laser Center offers same-day consultations for microneedling skin care. If you want more information about whether this procedure is right for you, speak with our specialist team today: (212) 245-0940.