If you’re like most people, you want to look good and feel confident in your skin. Whether you’re turning heads at the beach or making new business connections, you want to look as good as possible and feel your best at all times. That’s why microneedling may be one of the best tools in your skincare arsenal. Microneedling uses fine needles to make thousands of tiny punctures in the skin, which can result in incredible healing benefits and beautiful skin that lasts long after your treatment session has ended. Read on to learn more about how this amazing treatment works!
What is Microneedling?
This skin-rejuvenation treatment involves rolling a thin needle back and forth across your face to create tiny wounds in your skin. These wounds trigger a healing response—scabs form, and then your body replaces the lost collagen and elastin. It sounds harsh, but microneedling is a lot gentler than it sounds. It’s called percutaneous collagen induction therapy (PCIT). It has been cleared to treat wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, sun damage, dryness, and loss of elasticity on areas like your forehead, cheeks, eyes, and neck.
Your dermal layer—the middle layer of your skin that lies between your epidermis and subcutaneous layers—is made up mostly of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Those proteins get damaged with age, sun exposure, and other factors. The body responds by making new proteins to replace what’s lost. PCIT helps stimulate that response by creating wounds in your skin that trigger a healing response.
Why Microneedling Works
A derma roller is a handheld device with multiple small needles rolled over your skin. Microneedling encourages skin cells to multiply, increases collagen production, and boosts elastin fibers when used correctly. It also improves blood circulation and can improve collagen scars. Lastly, it can reduce pore size and diminish fine lines by stimulating blood flow to your facial muscles. Combining microneedling with other treatments like chemical peels or Fraxel laser treatments increases these benefits.
Microneedling is relatively inexpensive compared to many other treatments out there, so how often you need to do it depends on what you want it for. For those looking for an anti-aging treatment, you’ll probably need to do it every four weeks. Not all faces are the same, so after an assessment, our experts will be able to determine exactly how long your sessions should last and when you can expect results.
Different Ways to Perform Microneedling
There are different ways to perform microneedling. One way to do so is by using a pen-sized device that has tiny needles. This type of derma roller comes in a variety of sizes. The other way is with a larger electric or manual roller.
Here at Ageless Remedies of Roswell, we specialize in different types of microneedling. SkinPen microneedling and Vivace RF Microneedling are two of our most popular services.
SkinPen uses a handheld device to deliver tiny punctures into your skin using fine needles. This treatment causes very little discomfort, so it’s ideal for sensitive areas like your face or décolletage.
Vivace is an advanced radiofrequency technique that stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. With just one treatment, you can expect to see immediate results such as reduced pore size, firmer skin, tighter pores, and smoother texture.
When it comes to microneedling, there is no one-size-fits-all. When choosing your method, think about what you want to achieve with treatment. Does your skin need hydration? Do you want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles? Vivace is a good option for patients who want a non-invasive treatment with immediate results.
How to Prepare for Microneedling Procedure
Before you get started, it’s important to know that microneedling can be uncomfortable to some. Your skin will be subjected to tiny needles, and your body will react accordingly. You may experience redness, flaking, or scarring—but these side effects are temporary, and most people see results pretty quickly (it’s a quick way to roll back time). The bottom line is, if you have any form of skin condition or pigmentation issue, always discuss this before beginning microneedling.
Each procedure is different—and some people may be better off with another type of treatment, like lasers or chemical peels. If you think microneedling could help, start by asking questions and learning how to prepare for a microneedling procedure. It’s important to know what to expect before getting started and have all your questions answered beforehand.
Pain From Microneedling?
First, let’s talk about pain. The fear of needles is one reason many people avoid microneedling; if you’re needle-phobic, definitely take time to overcome that before moving forward with microneedling. If you do feel some discomfort when you microneedle, though, try to relax: remember that your body is adjusting as new layers of skin form—it may feel like a sunburn at first (depending on what type of device your practitioner uses), and then it should turn back into regular skin. Expect some redness and swelling afterward, too—your skin will look like it has a mild sunburn for up to two days after an appointment. It’s normal, but always be sure to check in with your provider for specific post-treatment instructions.
Post Procedure Care
The procedure involves multiple needle pricks into your skin to help with collagen production and facial rejuvenation, but it isn’t painful at all. With proper post-procedure care, you can experience several positive results from microneedling, including reduced wrinkles, softer skin texture, and better circulation in your face.
To ensure maximum results, it’s important to stick to your post-procedure skincare regimen. Your skin will be a little red and sensitive immediately following treatment, but you can help reduce that redness and irritation with proper care. Take care of your skin by moisturizing it twice a day with a good moisturizer, and consider adding in a serum or an eye cream as well.
You need to take only a few steps to achieve maximum results. It’s important to remember that no skincare treatment will be effective if you don’t take care of your skin following a procedure.
Taking care of your skin is crucial for everyone, but it’s especially important when you get microneedling treatments. Let the experts at Ageless Remedies of Roswell help you every step of the way. Give us a call today to get your first step towards healthier skin!