If you start your micro needling research on Youtube or Instagram, you’ll probably be scared off. The pictures and videos showing people’s faces slathered with blood are alarming— that’s because the procedure actually involves rolling tiny needles into the skin for the purpose of rejuvenation.
So, what is micro needling exactly? Keep on reading to find out.
What is micro needling and how it works?
Micro needling, known as skin needling, or collagen induction therapy is a cosmetic practice that’s used to treat several skin issues. The practice dates back to the 1990s, but it has gained much popularity in the recent years-thanks to YouTube, Instagram, and our celebrities.
Micro needling is a type of facial rejuvenation therapy that involves the use of a micro-needling device to create a controlled skin injury. It comprises of a roller studded with micro-fine needles having various diameters and lengths. It creates micro-injuries on the topmost layer of the skin, such as the epidermis. It’s performed so that your body triggers and overdrives the production of new elastin and collagen. It works miracles for plumping and smoothing the skin, fading acne scars, reducing fine lines, and evening out skin tone. And it’s not that much painful.
Micro needling is usually recommended to be done in a professional’s office, like a dermatologist or an esthetician. But if you plan to do it at home, here’s everything you need to know about micro needling.
Who needs microneedling?
Microneedling is intended to treat a variety of skin concerns, including:
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
- Lost elasticity
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tones
Who should avoid Micro needling?
- Have active acne, zits, or any kind of infection on the skin
- Have skin cancer in the treatment area
- Are allergic to steel or titanium
- Have a bleeding disorder or dysfunction
- Have irritated skin or open wound in the treatment area
- Are currently using drugs like isotretinoin (such as Accutane), etc
What is the micro needling procedure like?
The procedure usually takes a few minutes up to an hour to complete. It is not that painful. If you are someone having a low pain tolerance, you can apply numbing cream prior to the procedure, for instance.
Your skin, fingers, and your micro needling device should be cleaned properly.
The skin needling device is rolled over the skin like a couple of times for the best results. The tiny needles puncture the skin in a specific pattern and you will see some blood drawing out.
As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a micro-channel that stimulates the wound healing process and stimulates collagen production.
Usually, it takes 5-6 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure.
Protect the area with moisturizer and sunblock if you are going out.
NOTE: Avoid microneedling for at least 4 weeks after treatment. Use plenty of moisturizer or serum to prevent the skin from getting dry. After four to five weeks, repeat this process.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Microneedling is safer than other skin therapies like a laser, chemical peel, and dermabrasion. But still, it is not completely risk-free (at least for some people). The good news is that it does not have any permanent side effects like many other cosmetic treatments have.
Side effects right after a session include redness, irritation, and, dryness. But make sure to follow your dermatologist’s guidelines.