What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the skin to restore youthful appearances and minimize certain types of flaws found on skin.
What does microneedling do? What are the benefits of microneedling?
By inflicting tiny punctures into the first layer of your skin, microneedling encourages your skin to heal itself. One of the building blocks of your skin is a protein called collagen. Collagen is what gives your skin elasticity and what keeps it looking young.
As you age, your body tends to produce less collagen on its own. But collagen production can be induced when the skin is injured and needs to heal.
The tiny puncture wounds caused by microneedling encourage your body to produce more collagen, which can:
- improve the texture of your skin (i.e., reducing the appearance of scars and/or large pores)
- reduce wrinkles and tighten saggy skin, giving you a more youthful appearance
- help correct hyperpigmentation, sun and age spots, and discolored skin
Microneedling can also help improve the effectiveness of topical skincare products such as moisturizer, as they can penetrate the skin more deeply following a microneedling session.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling procedures typically start with applying numbing cream for improved comfort. Although the numbing cream ensures you won’t experience pain, you may still feel mild discomfort.
Then, the esthetician or expert doing the procedure will use a professional microneedling pen and apply it to the areas needing treatment. It is usually performed on the face, including the forehead, hairline, jawline, and cheeks.
Microneedling procedures typically last 20 to 30 minutes in length (though the preparation, such as the numbing cream may add extra time) and do not require any downtime afterward.
After the procedure, you may be given a serum, cream, or hydrating face mask (or a combination of these items) to soothe the punctured skin. It is common to experience redness and pinpoint bleeding.
You will not want to apply makeup or skincare products until the skin is healed. One benefit of microneedling is that topical products like moisturizers are able to seep more deeply into your skin after a treatment.
Within 24 hours, you should notice a difference in your skin’s texture and appearance, though redness and irritation may still be present a few days afterwards.
Is microneedling safe?
Microneedling is a very safe procedure for most people in good health.
It is not advised for people who are pregnant, have certain skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, have open wounds, a history of skin scars, or recently had radiation therapy.
Following the procedure, it’s common to experience some redness, minor skin irritation, and pinpoint bleeding. The redness and irritation may last a few days after the microneedling session, but the pinpoint bleeding should subside within 24 hours.
You’ll also want to protect your skin due to increased sensitivity after microneedling, so sunscreen is an absolute must.
How often should you microneedle?
For best results, it’s recommended to do multiple sessions of microneedling. How often you need to go in depends on you and your goals. This can be discussed with your doctor.
How much does microneedling cost?
Because microneedling is considered an aesthetic or cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover it. Rejuvapen microneedling treatments may cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500, depending on several different factors.
Contact Fountain Laser Center for more information on microneedling
For more information about microneedling or to schedule a consultation, contact Fountain Laser Center today.