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What is Microneedling? Benefits and use
Microneedling is a method that some dermatologists use to treat different skin conditions. The technique involves using multiple tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and cause physical trauma for the purposes of rejuvenation. The punctures are more like pin-pricks that enter only skin deep. This trauma prompts the derma, a deeper layer of skin, to rebuild.
Microneedling may help address many skin-related complaints, including:
- skin pigmentation issues
- stretch marks
- loose skin, such as after weight loss or liposuction
It may also help rejuvenate the skin.
- Can be used on face, lips, neck, chest, abdomen, scalp, etc.
- Does not thin out the skin
- No infection, discoloration or permanent damage to the skin
- Creates thicker, tighter, smoother skin
- Increases blood flow to areas of poor healing and poor circulation
- Increased penetration of skin care products
- No downtime with easy recovery
- Plumps and enhances lips
- Treats active acne and acne scars
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars
In addition, we use microneedling to deposit medication, such as Growth factor, vitamin C, deeper into the skin. This can boost the treatment of a variety of issues, including acne scarring.
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling increases the production of collagen and other healing factors by causing trauma to the skin.
Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth, and stretchy texture.
Aging causes the decline of collagen in the skin, contributing to wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Skin can also lose collagen due to injuries, such as acne scarring, stretch marks, or other scars.
What are the risks?
The medical community considers microneedling to be safe and effective.
The primary risk is skin irritation after the procedure. Other side effects could include:
- discomfort at the site
- flaking of the skin
Bleeding is an uncommon reaction to microneedling, though it may be more likely to occur after a deeper treatment.
Microneedling promises improvement over time:
According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.