Microneedling is a popular, safe and effective procedure for rejuvenating skin. In addition to improving overall tone, it jumpstarts the body’s own production of collagen and elastin, two substances responsible for keeping skin firm.
Many people, therefore, use it for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, microneedling can help with acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, pore size, and more.
What’s the downside, you’re wondering? Honestly, there isn’t much of one, but there are a few factors of which you should be aware upfront. Here are seven things to know before you try microneedling!
1. Microneedling Puts the Immune System to Work for You
So, how does it work? Microneedling operates on the same concept as acupuncture. By punching small holes in your skin, the needles cause the body to think there is a wound there, and it activates the immune system.
Your body will then disinfect the area and flush out the needle punches. Next, inflammation will increase blood flow, bringing water and nutrients to the site. Using these ingredients, the body constructs new tissue, which is brighter and more youthful than the skin that was there before. The process is safe and natural, using your body’s own repair mechanisms in your favor.
2. Plan 10-20 Minutes for the Treatment
Each microneedling treatment will take between 10 and 20 minutes. Make sure to arrive extra early for your first appointment so you can fill out paperwork and get introduced to the process.
3. Plan on 4-6 Treatments
Typically, people need four to six treatments to see real results. Some may need as little as three, while others might need more on an ongoing basis. It’s all up to your skin.
4. Microneedling Works on All Areas of the Body
While most people consider microneedling a procedure for the face, it is not limited to your complexion at all. Many people use it on other parts of the body, such as the neck, décolletage, stomach and thighs.
Essentially any area of the body that can benefit from tightening will benefit from a microneedle treatment. Ask an expert about which areas of your body you should consider, aside from the face.
5. Plan for Minor Side Effects
Side effects from microneedling are normal but minimal. You should expect:
- Some pain during the procedure is common, but a topical numbing solution helps
- Minor pain and redness for a few days following the procedure
- Tightness, flakiness and peeling during healing
- Slight bruising or bleeding
The only major side effect to watch out for is keloid scarring. These small, round scars look like blisters and can be unattractive. If you’ve had them before, microneedling isn’t for you.
6. Don’t Worry About Infection
Some people fear infection from microneedling. Because the process involves punching holes in the skin, germs are a valid concern, of course. Dermatology offices have standardized sterilization procedures to offset this, though, and skin infections are extremely unlikely.
If you are sick or immunocompromised, please speak to a healthcare provider before booking an appointment to find out your options.
7. DIY Microneedling Is Not a Great Idea
Because the needles do introduce the risk of infection without proper sterilization, microneedling is not a good DIY procedure to try. The availability of home devices and gung-ho bloggers might confuse the issue, but don’t be fooled: you should leave this to the pros.
Even if you’re not put off by the dangers, home instruments use needles that are shorter and duller than professionals, which means you won’t get nearly the same results.
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