Microneeding, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles create micro punctures to the skin. Your body then tries to heal these punctures by producing new collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin is thickened, looks plumper, fine lines and acne scars are less visible.
It may not make sense that “injuring” your skin leads to better skin, but that’s just what happens with Microneedling.
If you google Microneedling, some scary pictures might pop up. Don’t let the pictures scare you! Bleeding during the treatment is completely normal. You will feel little to know discomfort at all due to the strong numbing cream put on your face beforehand!
Microneedling has shown great outcomes, but the treatment has a few downsides as well. It’s very important for you to weigh both options before deciding to get the treatment done!
Some of the PROS are:
It can reduce acne scarring, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve the appearance of stretchmarks. People who suffer from hair loss can sometimes benefit from Microneedling as well. It can stimulate the scalp and produce more of the hormones required to promote hair growth and increase follicle and hair size.
Short Recovery Time
If you think of a laser treatment, the downtime for that can last a few weeks! With Microneedling you only have a few days (3-5 to be exact). Your skin will have a red appearance with some swelling after the session, the severity of it depends on how aggressive the treatment was. Because there’s no permanent damage to the skin, the treatment can be safely repeated for better results every 6 weeks. Compared to other treatments such as chemicals peels and dermabrasion, Microneedling sounds more “skin-friendly.”
Microneedling can be easier on your pocket! Compared to some laser treatments that can be up to 2,000 per session. That can add up if you would need multiple sessions.
Now, onto the CONS:
You don’t see results RIGHT away
Results won’t be shown until the new collagen has time to grow, which can take up to 6 weeks. Two or more additional sessions may be required typically about 6 weeks apart.
It’s not for everyone
Microneedling is great for many issues, but there are a few that aren’t suitable for the procedure. It is not recommended for anyone with irritated skin, active acne, eczema, psoriasis or other chronic skin conditions.