Microneedling is sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy because of its proven ability to stimulate collagen and elastin. First introduced in the 1950s, it has since become perfected as a way of tackling collagen loss. As we age and these compounds begin to disappear, we may notice our skin becomes less tight, and fine lines form more easily. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, the tiny holes created by small needles shock the skin into healing itself. This results in an improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as small reductions in scarring, pore size, and stretch marks.
For those with skin conditions that make lasers suboptimal for collagen stimulation, microneedling is an excellent way to allow the body to use its natural healing properties for beauty. “It can be used to stimulate volumization, reduce scars and wrinkles, rejuvenate hair, and tighten tissue,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler. “It can also be used in conjunction with other procedures such as PRP or radiofrequency to give additional benefits.”
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
Depending on how large an area you are treating, microneedling can take 20 to 60 minutes.
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may be red and a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur. In the ensuing weeks, the skin will become firmer and more even in tone. If used to treat the scalp, it may take a few sessions before hair begins to grow with more fullness.
Because the skin will have many microscopic wounds, it’s important to avoid behavior that could lead to infection. That means steering clear of makeup, creams, or lotions for at least 3 days, and avoiding direct sunlight until the skin heals, as this may further irritate the area.
Number of Treatments
The more microneedling treatments you undertake, the more skin will be repaired. After several treatments, this could mean a whole new face. While you may see subtle results after 1 treatment, we recommend 3 sessions, spaced approximately 4 weeks apart to treat the skin. When performed for hair loss, additional microneedling treatments may be required depending on the advice of your physician.
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