If you haven’t heard of microneedling before, it may sound a little bit intimidating! Needles? Needling? In my face? No, thank you! Don’t let the fear of the unknown prevent you from trying a treatment that can do wonders for your skin. If you consider microneedling for your wrinkles or acne scars but want more information before deciding, read on!
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is one of the most effective minimally invasive treatments to stimulate collagen and elastin production, leading to brighter, tighter, younger-looking skin. Microneedling is performed with a medical device that looks like a small wand. The wand glides over the surface of the skin and creates thousands of microchannels that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process. This rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.
Microneedling at The Skin Company
At The Skin Company, microneedling is performed by a trained provider in a sterile environment. A topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area 30 minutes before the procedure to ensure you are comfortable. After cleaning the area, your provider will glide the SkinPen microneedling device across your face and neck to create controlled wounds. The reason we create these wounds is to trick your body into thinking it’s damaged. Then, your body triggers a response to build the skin back up in the wounded areas. Your body creates essential components collagen and elastin to repair the skin, and bring brighter, tighter, younger-looking skin to the surface.
Benefits of SkinPen microneedling compared to other procedures
Every microneedling device is different. At The Skin Company, we use the SkinPen microeedling device, the first FDA-cleared microneedling device on the market. With SkinPen, there is little downtime. It is a perfect treatment for patients with a busy schedule. The SkinPen is also safe for all skin types; it is clinically proven effective on all skin types, Fitzpatrick 1 – 6. This means microneedling with the SkinPen is the perfect treatment for patients with darker skin tones. Other microneedling devices are not safe to use on all Fitzpatrick levels, so it’s essential to avoid those units if you have dark skin or tanned skin.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Patients with lighter skin tones may notice some redness and swelling immediately following microneedling treatment, but the swelling and redness will subside within a few hours. Patients with darker skin tones may notice a temporary darkening or lightening of their pigmentation following microneedling treatment as well. However, this is only temporary and after one week it should go away.
How often do I need to repeat microneedling treatments?
The number of microneedling treatments required depends on your skin type and your desired outcome. Fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and textural irregularities may require up to six microneedling treatments spaced monthly apart for optimal results. The best part of microneedling is that the results are considered to be permanent. However, you must maintain those results with a continuous focus on skin care and other lifestyle measures.
To wrap it up…
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that we perform daily at The Skin Company. It is suitable for all skin types but particularly beneficial to those with mature, sun-damaged, or acne-scarred skin. The treatment has minimal downtime and delivers long-lasting results.
If you’re nervous about microneedling, I recommend that you book an appointment with an esthetician at The Skin Company for a skincare consultation. We want to ensure that you are aware of each treatment’s effects, how long it will take you to see them, and the results you can expect.