Microneedling is a procedure that’s growing in popularity with men and women across the globe. It involves using very, very tiny needles to create hundreds of invisible puncture wounds on the very top layer of your skin. While it might not sound very comfortable or appealing, it’s more comfortable than you might expect, and the benefits certainly speak for themselves.
How Microneedling Works
Before your microneedling session, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will first cleanse your face very painstakingly with an antibacterial and germicidal solution. This will reduce any chance of infection. Because microneedling can be painful for some, many doctors and surgeons will use a local anesthetic to numb the top layer of the skin, thus reducing the sensation of pain and discomfort. Finally, the doctor will use a tool that looks much like a small lint covered in tiny needles over the entire surface area of your face, avoiding the eyes.
As the roller moves over your face, it creates hundreds and even thousands of microscopic holes in the very surface of your skin. These holes injure the skin just enough that your immune system must kick in to repair it. Studies have shown that this tiny, unnoticeable injury is just enough to kick your skin’s collagen production into overdrive. As your skin repairs itself, it looks firmer, more youthful, and supplier.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling is a simple process, but it’s one of the most effective non-surgical procedures available from dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The benefits include all the following:
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles form when your skin no longer has a sufficient amount of collagen to keep it plump. Microneedling triggers the production of new collagen which means the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will improve over time – especially if you have microneedling done regularly.
- Repairing of visible scars. Whether you have a scar from an injury, a surgery, or even acne, microneedling can help reduce its appearance substantially. In 2009, a study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery showed that 100% of patients who underwent microneedling for acne scars had marked improvements in their appearances.
- Reversal of sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Stimulating the growth of new collagen can even help reverse the effects of UVA/UVB damage and the hyperpigmentation that can occur as a result. Women who have pregnancy- or hormone-related melisma can also benefit from the reversing effects of microneedling.
- Improving the signs of aging. The number one reason why people across the globe undergo microneedling is to reverse the signs of aging and stop them in their tracks. Remember that loss of collagen is responsible for the appearance of aging skin, so being able to stimulate its production will leave you looking younger and more vibrant.
- Shrinking pores. Last, but most certainly not least, microneedling can even shrink your pores, which can improve the overall look and texture of your skin. As collagen production increases, the skin around your pores becomes plumper, thus reducing their appearance.
Microneedling is a wonderful way to enjoy more radiant, supplier, and more youthful skin, and while it’s most commonly done on the face, this treatment has been approved for use all over the body, too. In fact, preliminary findings from ongoing studies have shown that regular microneedling can even reduce the look of cellulite and stretch marks just the same as it reduces the appearance of scars on the face.