Many people choose to turn to micro needling to provide a rejuvenating effect to the face, rather than going for the much more severe option of a face-lift. In this blog, we’re going to give you the answer to the question in the title, as well as to a number of other commonly present queries customers have.
What Is Microneedling?
Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, it represents a non-invasive, non-surgical option that uses the body’s own healing process to achieve younger, fresher looking skin. Using FDA-approved equipment, it involves a relatively gentle process where the skin is punctured using tiny needles in a circular motion.
Of course it sounds pretty severe, but in reality, micro needling uses needles that are so small and fine that there’s typically no pain experienced. For those that have a sensitivity or indeed a fear of needles, a topical ‘numbing’ cream can be applied so as to make the treatment completely painless.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Generally speaking, the treatment will last anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, with that time varying depending on the working speed of the practitioner. It’s also something that’s used on the buttocks, legs, chest or back, but for the purposes of this blog, we’re going to be concentrating on the face.
How Long Do Results Take to Show?
Believe it or not, some people see some immediate results when having micro needling treatment, however, for most it takes a number of weeks. The penetration of the skin by the needles causes ‘micro-wounds’ which cause the body to try and protect itself and increase collagen production.
In truth, the main results you’re looking for will not show for around 6 weeks, as this is basically the time it takes your body to produce new collagen. That said, when the treatment is being used to reduce the appearance of burn scars, you’ll be looking at around 6-12 months before you see the desired improvements.
How Do I Know If it’s Right For Me?
Of course, you’ll need to be suitable for the treatment, which means you’ll need to meet certain criteria. In this case, that means no cuts, abrasion or open wounds and if you’ve had any radiation treatment in the last 12 weeks, that rules you out too. Other things that will make you unsuitable include skin infections or other skin issues.
As a result of micro needling not damaging the epidermis – like many laser treatment options do – you’ll still be a good candidate regardless of your skin type.
Is There Anything I Can Do After Treatment to Help?
As your dermatologist will tell you, there are a few things you need to do after your treatment to ensure the best results are achieved. The first is to avoid using any acidic skin care products that contain glycolic acid or retinol for the initial 2-3 days.
Also advisable is the wearing of sunscreen with a rating of factor 35 at the absolute minimum, as you’re more susceptible to sun damage during this time.
You’ll Cover Everything Else With Your Dermatologist!
We’ve talked about the basics here, so that you know roughly what to expect, but if you’ve still got reservations about the treatment, then be sure to take the time to ask your dermatologist about them. Your initial consultation is your chance to get answers to all the questions you have and any good, reputable professional will be able to tell you what you need to know.
Microneedling is popular for a reason – because it works and as long as you use a professional to carry out the treatment, you should have no problems at all whether talking about the procedure itself, aftercare or anything else.