Microneedling is a marginally invasive cosmetic process that is used to treat skin burdens through collagen production. Commonly called collagen induction therapy, this type of treatment can help people looking to decrease the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars or age spots.
It is also used in specific anti-aging procedures, like sunspots and eyelid surgeries. Microneedling is not effectual for hair loss, in spite of the potential role of collagen in hair re-growth.
You might be a perfect candidate for this type of procedure if you are healthy and have specific skin issues that has had not responded to at-home treatments or other kinds of dermatologic procedures, like peels.
This could also be the final step prior to considering cosmetic surgery for antiaging and other skin related issues. For more information regarding microneedling and speak with your dermatologist and determine if this is the correct choice for your skin.
How much does microneedling cost?
As estimated by Dermapen, microneedling costs anywhere from $100 to $700 each session. Many face treatments cost around $300 per session.
Because microneedling is thought of as an aesthetic or cosmetic procedure, it isn’t covered by your insurance. Your dermatologist could be able to assist you in affording your treatments easier by arragning a payment plan for you. Many offices can even provide financing.
You will want to take into account all the collective costs prior to committing to the procedure so you won’t be surprised by any bills.
If you choose to take time off from work, you might also need to think about ways to off-set any lost hours. Nevertheless, most people are able to return to work or school shortly after.
What does microneedling entail?
Microneedling is done by inducing your skin to produce more collagen. The basis is that the pin pricks from the procedure cause minute injury to the skin and the skin reacts by producing new collagen rich tissue.
The new skin tissue results in more even in skin tone and texture. It is not uncommon for the skin to lose its collagen by age or injury. By helping the skin to produce new tissue, there could be more collagen to assist in making the skin more firm, also.
Procedure for microneedling
Throughout the procedure, your dermatologist makes minuscule pricks underneath your skin with a pen-type tool. The pin pricks are so tiny that you probably won’t notice them following the procedure. Your dermatologist will move the tool across your skin evenly so that the new skin that regenerates will also be even.
Prior to beginning, your dermatologist uses a topical anesthetic to decrease the chances of distress. This is completed about an hour prior to your treatment. Emory University states the actual microneedling procedure takes around 30 minutes.
Your dermatologist then applies a serum or relaxing treatment. All in all, you can expect to be at the dermatologist’s office for at least a couple of hours.
Microneedling target areas
Microneedling is typically used on faces to target:
- scars from acne
- age spots (also known as “sunspots”)
- wrinkles and/ or fine lines
- pores that are large
- other kinds of scars
- reduction of skin elasticity
- skin tone that is uneven
Additionally, microneedling occasionally is used in the treatment of stretch marks in other parts of the body. Studies have found that microneedling is effective for stretch marks on the abdominal and thigh areas when fillers are added.
Scarring on other parts of the body can also be treated using this procedure. Nevertheless, microneedling is used primarily on the face.
What are the risks or side effects?
Like every cosmetic procedure, microneedling is not without its risks. The most typical side effect is slight skin irritation right after the procedure is done. You might also notice redness for a couple of days. Call your dermatologist if you see more severe side effects, like:
You might not be an applicant for microneedling if:
- you’re pregnant
- there are certain skin diseases, like psoriasis or eczema
- there are any open wounds
- have recently had radiation therapy
- have a history of skin scarring
What to expect following your microneedling procedure
Microneedling is not like plastic surgery, so time to recover time is negligible. As reported by Emory University, a lot of people need very little downtime, if there is any.
You might notice skin irritation and a little redness within the first couple of days after the procedure. These are natural responses to the minute “injuries” caused by the needles on your skin.
You can return to work or school following the procedure if you are comfortable doing so. many people apply coverup throughout the first couple of days as the redness fades.
After your treatment, your skin will also be sun sensitive, so sunscreen is greatly advisable.
Following microneedling, your skin will work somewhat quickly to rejuvenate the new tissue. In theory, you’re likely to see your results in just a couple of weeks.
To keep the outcome of your treatment, you will need several sessions and maybe other enhancing treatments. Your dermatologist can advise you on the best course of action to take is based on your individual needs.
Getting prepared for microneedling
Prior to the procedure, speak with your dermatologist about how you can prepare so you have the best possible result. You might need to stop taking specific medications, like ibuprofen and the ones used for acne treatments, in advance having the procedure done.
Your dermatologist might also suggest that you stop using topical retinoids prior to the procedure too. Doing this can decrease the risk of some particular side effects.
Microneedling vs. at-home rollers
Microneedling is a professional process that is conducted in board-certified dermatologist’s offices only. To cut down on costs, many people choose home rollers as an alternative. In contrast to professional microneedling, home rollers only puncture the skin a little.
While this may seem like a less painful alternative, the issue is that you won’t be able to get the same results. The punctures conducted during professional microneedling were designed to encourage skin rejuvenation.
Using a roller device, you might get brighter skin at best, as reported by the American Academy of Dermatology.
If you are curious about more striking, long term results, microneedling is an ideal alternative than store-bought roller devices. You can still decide to try the rollers if you desire a less invasive (and a more temporary) result.
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