Microneedling involves using a small device containing several very small and fine needles. These needles prick at the skin at various depths.
The purpose of pricking at the skin is to create areas of micro-injury which then promotes new collagen development.
Collagen in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles by making skin more smooth, firm and toned.
It has become very popular, replacing many laser procedures because of minimal downtime and discomfort.
Microneedling procedures are spaced four to six weeks apart to get maximum benefit of the skin’s natural healing process.
Where can I have micro-needling done?
It is mostly used on the face and neck, but can be used on all parts of the body and on all skin types, light or dark.
Microneedling has many benefits that can improve the appearance of your skin with regular treatment. As a maintenance tool, microneedling may improve skin texture, and stimulate the production of collagen to increase skin elasticity and help achieve a smoother look. However, this procedure can also address more specific skin problems, like acne scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Why do people add growth factors or PRP (platelet rich plasma) to micro-needling?
The microneedles can actually be used to inject growth factor or PRP under the skin itself. These factors further help the production of collagen, giving a boost to the micro-needle procedure.
What should I expect during a micro-needle procedure?
After cleaning and preparing the treatment area, a topical numbing is given about 10-15 minutes before the procedure.
The procedure will take about 25-30 minutes and involves rolling the needle device over your skin. When the device is placed on your skin multiple very small needles will poke into the skin. Most people report a tingling sensation with the needles.
What should I expect after the procedure?
The day of the procedure you potentially be very red. However, that will subside significantly within 24 hours. Areas which need longer treatment may remain red for a longer time.
Creams and makeup can be applied 24 hours after the procedure.