Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that works by helping to promote collagen growth in the skin. Here’s a breakdown of how the procedure works.
The Science Behind Microneedling
When the skin on the face—or anywhere on the body—experiences an injury, no matter how small, it heals by promoting collagen growth. Collagen, a naturally occurring protein in the skin, helps to fill in fine lines, plump skin, and contribute to a more youthful look. Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, works by introducing hundreds of micro-abrasions to the skin, which stimulates collagen production.
The Microneedling Process
Microneedling is performed using a tool called a dermaroller, which is a small device that uses tiny needles to prick the skin. Microneedling helps to treat scars and wrinkles, and can also address large pores. In general, patients need up to four procedures for the best results. Aside from pregnant women and people with active acne, the procedure is typically safe and requires minimal downtime.
Healing From Microneedling
Unlike cosmetic procedures like dermal filler treatments, microneedling requires some downtime so that patients can heal. After all, the procedure involves creating hundreds of tiny injuries on the face. However, patients will likely only experience minor redness, irritation, or rawness for a few days following the procedure. After this, they will usually begin to enjoy firmer and more even-toned skin.
The Difference Between Professional and At-home Microneedling
Some may opt for at-home microneedling, using a store-bought dermaroller. However, microneedling at home doesn’t provide the sanitary environment of a professional’s office, which increases the risk of infection and other complications. In addition, medical dermarollers are typically 2 mm long, while at-home rollers are often only 0.25 mm long. This results in a shallower puncture and less collagen promotion, which, unfortunately, generally means temporary and more superficial results.
Microneedling can be an effective and simple way to produce natural collagen in the skin, which may result in a healthier and more youthful appearance. For more information about microneedling or our other facial procedures, such as chemical peels, call Age-Less Weigh-Less at 781.569.5100 to schedule a free consultation today!