Microneedling 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Choose the Collagen Induction Therapy Facial
You’ve likely heard about microneedling and its claimed amazing glowing skin benefits but you may have also seen the slightly worrisome photos post skincare treatment like Kim Kardashian’s “vampire facial”!
Don’t fret! Even if you haven’t heard of it, but you’re ready for a fresh glow and looking for some straight-forward information about microneedling treatments, we’re here to help you decide if microneedling is right for you.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is a minimally invasive therapy for skin rejuvenation. It includes collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) through which the needles puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury to help produce new collagen and elastin.
In other words, tons of tiny needles puncture the skin's surface and create small wounds called micro-channels which stimulates the skin to produce collagen.
Not only does microneedling stimulate the skin to produce collagen, but it also reduces the size of pores and boosts blood supply which in turn improves the texture, firmness, and hydration of your skin.
It sounds pretty amazing, and there's more!
New collagen production sounds great and all but what does this really mean? By “injuring” the skin, its natural ability to repair itself addresses a wide range of issues. Microneedling can reverse the effects of sun damage, reduce the appearance of aging skin by tackling fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.1
Deciding if Microneedling is the Procedure for You
Almost everyone is a candidate for microneedling. It can be used on all types of skin, and because it addresses a wide range of skin issues, it can benefit almost anyone. It also can be used on the neck, decollete, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back! So if you already have an incredibly flawless face but aren’t satisfied with another area on your body, talk to your skincare expert to see if microneedling could help.
Microneedling is generally safe for everyone with good overall health but isn’t considered safe for people who use certain acne medications, are pregnant, or have certain skin diseases, so it’s important to discuss this treatment with your dermatologist before going under the hundreds of needles.
Frequently Asked Questions about Microneedling
How many treatments are required?
This depends on a few factors and varies by case because of the difference in texture and complexity of one’s skin. A minimum of 3 treatments is usually recommended for collagen induction, where some patients will receive the treatment up to 6 times for scar reduction. Procedures should be spaced out within 4 to 6 weeks. Speak to your dermatologist about your skincare goals and a customized skincare plan that will work for you.
Is there any downtime after the procedure?
Following the procedure, patients typically experience some skin redness and temporary inflammation. It may remain inflamed for up to 48 hours after but using a skin product like the ALASTIN Skincare Regenerating Skin Nectar, will not only prepare your skin for the treatment but enhance the effects and recovery by helping to support your skin's natural ability to produce new collagen and elastin following the treatment. As always, consult with your doctor on any new skincare regimen.
Most importantly following a procedure, and for every day, year-round use, a dermatologist-approved broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin is a must.
How long does it take to see results?
Results can be immediate for some patients, however as your skin repairs itself naturally over the weeks following your skincare procedure, you will notice more collagen and elastin growth leading to healthier looking skin. Some patients won't see the final result until up to 3 to 6 months following the last session.
For best results, use a procedure enhancing skincare system or find a skincare regimen designed specifically for skin rejuvenating treatments.
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1 Iriarte, C., Awosika, O., Rengifo-Pardo, M., & Ehrlich, A. (2017, August 08). Review of applications of microneedling in dermatology. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5556180/