Microneedling 101: What You Need to Know

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Microneedling 101: What You Need to Know

Microneedling is a beauty procedure where tiny needles are used to make small punctures in the top layer of skin, the dermis. It is said to enhance the texture and overall appearance of the dermal layer which is mostly affected by aging, wrinkling, and scarring. Also known as ‘Collagen induction therapy’ (CIT), this skin treatment was invented in the late 1990s and is making a powerful comeback within both the beauty community and Hollywood.

Celebrity icons like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow as well as the forever youthful Ellen DeGeneres are loving microneedling and its results on their skin. They are using them before red carpets and open events to optimize their already vibrant and youthful skin.When done right and professionally, your skin will also be able to reap the benefits of this revolutionary treatment almost risk-free.

The entire procedure is quite simple and takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on the equipment used. First, they numb your face using anesthetic cream. Then they may apply some water to your face to allow for the dermaroller to run along your skin more easily. Needles will then be manually moved across the skin.

After the treatment, your skin can be quite irritated, but after a few hours, any redness will disappear. The appearance of your skin will not improve from one moment to the other, so you’ll have to be patient and wait for the gradual improvement. Microneedling is not a one-time procedure but has to be repeated from 3 to 6 times if you want to enjoy the best possible results.

The price varies depending on where you live, but prices from $100 up to $700 per session can be expected. It also depends which parts of the body you want to treat.

Microneedling stimulates the production of elastin and collagen. When you get older, the production of natural elastin and collagen slows down and is the reason for thinning, sagging and wrinkling of your skin. This is why it reduces wrinkling and fine lines. It also improves scarring caused by surgery and acne by breaking down older tissue and triggering elastin and collagen production. For the same reason, stretch marks can be treated with it as well. Even though it may seem counter-intuitive, microneedling can lessen the size of pores. By stimulating collagen inside and outside the pores, they will be plump and appear smaller, maybe even closed.

People with skin problems linked to damage caused by the sun or hormone-related skin diseases can also be relieved to hear that this is a possible treatment that doesn’t include harsh chemicals. Microneedling can alter and even completely reverse damage made by the sun and blemishes including hyperpigmentation caused by melasma.

For varying uses and applications, different lengths of needles can be used. Longer needles up to 1.2 millimeters can be used to treat sun-damaged skin. New dermarollers have been developed with radio frequency waves to galvanize the natural healing process and production of collagen.

It is not a painful or risky procedure, however, dermatologists do warn about DIY-microneedling. There is an increased risk of infecting the skin and scarring if the needles are not sterilized properly. It is better to consult your local dermatologist or microneedling specialist than risk permanent damage when doing it yourself.

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