Microneedling is one of the industry’s most promising skincare innovations, thanks to its minimal invasiveness and impressive versatility. By harnessing your skin’s power to heal itself, Microneedling encourages the growth of new collagen for improved tone and texture. Over time, lines, wrinkles, and even some types of scars can fade significantly.
Microneedling is a deceptively simple procedure that can yield big results. The Microneedling tool looks a bit like a pen with extremely small — nearly microscopic — needles on one end. Your skincare provider moves the device over your skin, creating a few small punctures. These stimulate your skin to engage its healing capabilities, boosting its production of natural collagen. This is especially noteworthy because the body’s collagen production naturally diminishes over time. Microneedling can help bring collagen back to youthful levels.
Microneedling is a versatile procedure that can be used to reduce the appearance of the following:
- Lax, sagging skin, especially along the jawline
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Thin or “creepy” skin
- Certain kinds of scars, including acne and chicken pox scars
- Enlarged pores.
What is it used for?
This procedure is most often used to reduce signs of aging on the face, such as fine lines or wrinkles, as well as to smooth the appearance of acne scars.
How Does It Work?
Just as the name implies, Microneedling pricks the skin with tiny surgical steel needles. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen, and elastin produce smoother, plumper-looking skin.
Does It Hurt?
No. Before beginning, clinicians cleanse and then may apply a numbing agent to the procedure area to relieve any potential discomfort.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Virtually any adult is a good candidate for this procedure. While many other treatments are not recommended for people with certain skin types, Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin colors and types because it does not damage the epidermis.
What’s the Difference Between a Dermaroller and a SkinPen®?
A dermaroller is a small tube or ball-like device impregnated with tiny, surgical steel needles and fitted with a handle. The most advanced microneedling technology uses a SkinPen®, which is entirely different. It is far more maneuverable, making it possible to treat virtually any area on the body, and needle cartridges are disposable, to ensure sanitation. Needle length is adjustable, so procedures can be custom-tailored to each patient’s needs.
How Long Does It Take?
A SkinPen® microneedling session takes just 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of skin condition and the size of the procedure area. Multiple sessions may be recommended, about 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different, as well as their desired results.
What About Downtime?
Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness, there is no downtime associated with Microneedling when a SkinPen® device is used.