What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It involves pricking the skinwith tiny sterilized needles. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. You might also hear it called collagen induction therapy.
Microneedling may help with issues like:
· Hair loss (also called alopecia)
· Dark spots or patches on your skin (hyperpigmentation)
· Large pores
· Reduced skin elasticity
· Stretch marks
· Sun damage
· Fine lines and wrinkles
What Happens When You Get Microneedling
The procedure usually takes 10-20 minutes, depending on how big the area is. Most people need 4-6 treatments to see a difference.
The therapist doing the microneedling will move a pen-shaped tool with tiny needles around your face. The needles make small cuts in your skin, which causes a bit of bleeding. Your therapist may spread a cream or serum on your face after that.
The goal of the procedure is to start your body’s healing process by sending collagen and elastin to patch up the tiny injuries. Collagen helps fill in and smooth out wrinkles.
Most people get microneedling on the face, but it can also be done on other parts of the body, such as your stomach or thighs.
Microneedling Healing and Risks
Some things to think about before deciding to try it:
It’s not a quick fix. It takes time to notice a difference. That’s because your body is healing itself. Most people need a few treatments before they see any change.
Healing time. It may take days or weeks to heal, depending on how deep the needles pierce your skin.
Pain and redness. You may have some minor pain after the procedure, and your skin may be red for a few days.
Peeling. Your skin may feel tight and flake a bit while it heals.
Bruising and bleeding. There’s usually no bleeding during microneedling. But deep microneedling treatments may cause the skin to bleed or bruise.
Microneedling is considered safe. But like any procedure, it has risks.
You should stay away from places that could have lots of germs, like swimming pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. And don’t use irritating soaps and lotions. Also avoid direct sunlight while the skin heals eg. Sunbathing.