The Magic of Microneedling; What It Can Do For You
You’ve seen all of these celebrities on social media and television shows getting there face stabbed by a bunch of tiny needles. And I know exactly what you’re thinking...Why in the world would anyone want to do that? Well it turns out there are actually a whole lot of benefits that come from these needles, microneedling.
So what exactly is microneedling?
The technique of microneedling involves a number of sterile needles piercing the skin simultaneously to create micro injuries to the skin’s epidermis or dermis layers. These micro injuries help the skin create more collagen where collagen production has been lost. So, a good way to think about microneedling is like aerating your lawn. You create holes in order for watering and fertilizing to be more effective. When talking about skin, watering would be moisturizing and fertilizing would be your vitamins and serums.
How does microneedling help your skin?
As you age your skin has a harder time creating the essential proteins that it needs to stay bouncy and healthy. Creating a series of small punctures, or micro injuries, causes a rapid production of collagen and elastin. This is just your skin's way of healing these puncture sites rapidly. And even though it doesn’t take very long for these injuries to heal, these areas will continue its rapid collagen production for several months!
Are there any risks?
Just like any skin treatment, there are some risks to microneedling. Swelling, discomfort, redness, and infection can occur if you have sensitive skin. There is also a possibility of keloid scarring if you have a history of keloids in the past. Just make sure you speak with a physician and find the right spa for you before having microneedling done.
What are the benefits?
Microneedling has plenty of benefits depending on how you use the technique. We’ve all heard of the famous Vampire Facial which uses Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) to help boost skin’s collagen and cell growth, but did you know you can also use PRP for hair regrowth? As a result, it can actually bring your hair follicles back to life! You can also add vitamin serums and other topicals to microneedling treatments to help acne, acne scars, and stretch marks. This works better than all of those “miracle creams” for stretch marks and scars because the average topical only penetrates the skin about 30%. The small punctures help products and serums to penetrate up to 80% and get all the way to the dermis layer of the skin getting you better results.
Some other things microneedling is great for are:
- Skin pigmentation/age spots/sun spots
- Skin laxity
- Skin texture