7 Things to Know Before Trying Microneedling.
Microneedling can be defined as the insertion of small, fine needles into the skin for the purpose of boosting complexion, collagen production, amongst other benefits. It is also known as collagen induction therapy, derma-rolling or skin-needling. It is becoming one of the most popular procedures being introduced into mainstream skincare. Its popularity is attributed to its continuous usage on social media sites like Instagram and TikTok. Dermatologists also vouch for it as a procedure that can lead to both short and long-term skin improvements.
Microneedling has been proven to be remedial for various skin conditions such as acne scarring, wrinkles, sunspots, and (sometimes) stretch marks. This procedure is effective on minor scarring cases e.g. acne scarring. It won’t be effective for the other types of more severe scarring situations. Microneedling is often recommended as a procedure to try out before opting for cosmetic surgery, or other highly expensive and invasive procedures. We love healthy skin and microneedling has been proven to help people attain that. If you’re considering going that route, here are some things you should definitely know first.
1. How Microneedling Works
Microneedling is done by using small pins to poke the surface layer of the skin in an organized manner. These small pokes cause tiny abrasions within the skin, which leads to the production of collagen-rich tissue to replace within the older skin with abrasions. Collagen is the main structural protein found within the skin and other connective tissue. It acts as a scaffold to provide strength and structure. Newer tissue is richer in collagen, and healthier (more even in tone and texture). Hence, why the production of new skin is triggered by micro-needling. A topical anesthetic is applied 1 hour before the procedure to reduce the chances of pain. The microneedling process itself takes about 30 minutes, after which a calming serum or ointment is applied to the skin. The process should not take longer than 2 hours in total
2. Quite Affordable
Unlike many skincare procedures, microneedling can be cost-effective. The path you take often depends on the ability of your wallet. The affordability of this procedure is down to the fact that it can be performed by a professional or you can DIY (Do It Yourself). While you are bound to get better results from microneedling after visiting an expert, you can also get great short term results yourself. To perform microneedling yourself, you can buy a derma-roller. It is a widely available tool made up of micro-fine needles. These needles range in diameter from 0.5 and 2.5mm. It is advisable to start with a smaller diameter roller if you are not experienced in microneedling. Dermarollers can be found on Amazon and Nordstrom.
The cost of visiting a professional ranges between $100 to $700 per session. The average cost of microneedling lies at about $300. Most offices offer a payment plan and/or financing. Due to this being a cosmetic procedure, not an essential one; insurance does not cover microneedling. Talk to your practitioner about payment plans and financing before you commit. However, you can skip breaking your bank, and get a microneedling set here to do it yourself!
3. DIY vs. Professional Microneedling
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that getting microneedling done by yourself will not be as effective as getting it done by a professional. The fact that you have to pay for the service implies that the results should be a lot more pronounced and long term. The problem with DIY is the derma-rollers being used do not provide the adequate skin abrasions to trigger skin rejuvenation. And while they can be effective enough to brighten your skin short-term, they can’t offer much more.
Professionals, however, have the proper equipment to adequately puncture the skin to trigger collagen release. Also, professionals often pair microneedling with other topical and treatments. This enables deep penetration of the treatment, as well as long-lasting brightness and healthy skin. People suffering from skin conditions like acne, eczema, etc are not advised to practice microneedling at home. It could lead to flareups and breakouts, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve.
4. Side Effects of Microneedling
While microneedling is minimally invasive and low-risk, there are a few situations you have to prepare yourself for.
It can get bloody: Since tiny pins and needles are being inserted into your skin to cause abrasions, you might experience a little bleeding on your face. The bleeding shouldn’t alarm you. This signifies that the collagen is being released.
Redness: If you’re light-skinned, expect a good amount of redness over your face or the procedure site. Your skin was bruised and probably bled, so you’ll be red for a while until those abrasions heal.
- Infection: As with any procedure, there is a chance of infection. The chances are slight, but they are there anyway. Consult your doctor if you suffer any symptoms of infection.
5. What to Expect After Microneedling
As mentioned above, your skin will experience redness and slight swelling. You can use makeup to mask the after-effects of microneedling if you don’t feel comfortable going out like that. These effects should wane after a few weeks. Your skin will also be extra sensitive, so the use of sunscreen is highly recommended. Once the redness and swelling abates, the new collagen-rich tissue will replace the old for noticeable brightness and clearer skin.
6. Long Term or Short Term Results
Why should you have to pick between one or the other, when you can have both. Microneedling is capable of providing you with both short and long term fixes. If you visit an expert, you will be advised to come in for 3-4 rounds for long-term results.
However, if you can’t afford the procedure more than once, you still get the benefit of the short-term brightness, firmer, and clearer skin. Patients experiencing scarring due to acne, cellulite, fine lines, and wrinkles will likely need more than one procedure to alleviate their skin problems.
7. Is Microneedling For You?
With all the amazing benefits offered by microneedling, ti will be a shame to realize that you’re not suitable for the procedure. However, there are certain patients that do not qualify for the procedure due to their health history. You don’t qualify if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have an open wound
- Recently had radiation therapy
- Are highly susceptible to skin scars
- Have certain skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis