Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a pen-type device filled with tiny needles, or microneedles. The pen is rolled onto the skin like a paint roller, causing tiny injuries to the upper layer of tissue.
Microneedling treatment stimulates your skin’s natural healing process, leading to new cells and boosted collagen and elastin production. All of this helps prevent or reverse signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also used to minimize hyperpigmentation, acne scars, skin laxity and stretch marks. Used with platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP), it can enhance cellulite treatment and hair rejuvenation.
Because microneedling uses such tiny needles, the procedure is minimally invasive and virtually painless. You’ll rest comfortably and awake during the procedure, and get back to your usual daily activities promptly after. If you are concerned about discomfort, a numbing cream can be applied to your skin prior to your treatment.
Results from microneedling vary, but about three treatments to start is often ideal for inducing collagen stimulation. For minimizing scars, you may require around three to six treatments. Treatments can be scheduled about four to six weeks apart.
Yes, microneedling can treat skin on all body areas. This includes not only your face, but your arms, legs and midriff. More sensitive and fragile areas, such as around your eyes, neck and on the back of your hands, may be more difficult to treat.
Over 150,000 microneedling treatments have been conducted worldwide, with nearly no reported side effects. It does bring a very small risk of pigment changes or inflammatory hyper pigmentation. If you have open wounds or an infection, have had radiation treatment on your skin or are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not suitable. Overall, the procedure is considered very safe.
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