Microneedling: 10 Things to Know
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling or collagen induction therapy is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to prick the skin. The procedure is done on the face to induce the growth of collagen. Collagen is a protein that makes the skin firmer, smoother, and more toned. Microneedling is done to reduce acne scars and stretch marks.
Who is the Procedure for?
Any healthy person with dermatological concerns should feel free to visit Michigan Advanced Aesthetics for microneedling. Some distinct skin concerns fail to respond to home treatments or other types of treatments such as peels. Before considering cosmetic surgery for anti-aging, microneedling might offer the same results at a more reasonable price with reduced downtime.
How Microneedling Works
Microneedling encourages the skin to make more collagen. The pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin, thus stimulating the skin to make collagen-rich tissue. The new tissue is more evenly toned and is smoother. Even though the skin naturally loses collagen due to age or injury, encouraging collagen growth helps make the skin taught and firm.
How is Microneedling Done?
Microneedling is a minor medical procedure and should be done by registered medical practitioners. The doctor may start by applying a topical anesthetic to minimize the chances of discomfort and pain.
During the procedure, the doctor will make tiny pricks under the skin that are so small they are almost unnoticeable after the procedure. The pricks are made evenly on the skin so that the new skin rejuvenation is even too.
After the procedure, the doctor may use a serum or calming treatment to soothe the irritated skin.
What Area Does Microneedling Target?
Microneedling is mainly done on the face to target:
- An uneven skin tone
- Reduced elasticity of the skin
- Large pores
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Age spots and acne scars
Microneedling is also effective in treating stretch marks in other areas such as the thighs and abdomen.
How much does Microneedling cost?
At Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, a one-hour session costs $415.00. However, a package of three treatments costs $1,095, and maintenance treatments are $325 each.
Are There any Side Effects?
As with all cosmetic procedures, microneedling does bear some risks. Most clients will complain of minor skin irritation after the treatment that may last a few hours. Redness for a few days is also common. Any infection, peeling, bruising, or bleeding should be reported immediately.
Expectations After Microneedling
Since microneedling, unlike plastic surgery, is not invasive, recovery time takes a shorter time. Irritation and redness are expected after the first few days, and some camouflaging makeup for the first few days may be ideal. Since the skin is also irritable and sensitive to the sun, sunscreen is mandatory.
The results of microneedling are visible in a few weeks. Microneedling allows the skin to rejuvenate. To maintain the results of microneedling, multiple sessions and complementing treatments may be ideal.
How to Prepare For Microneedling
The doctor may recommend stopping certain medicines like ibuprofen or retinoids to avoid some side effects.
Home Rollers vs. Microneedling
A board-certified doctor does Microneedling, while rollers are used at home. Though cheaper, rollers do not achieve the same results as microneedling. For better and long-term results, microneedling is the preferable option.
Microneedling should be done by a medical professional. The procedure offers more permanent results and is worth every penny.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about microneedling, schedule a consultation at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics. Call our office or contact us online to set up your first appointment.