Microneedling is a popular cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of your skin. It helps with wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin tone. You can have the procedure done on your abdomen, thighs, and just about anywhere else on your body. However, microneedling is commonly done on your face. Here's a quick look at how this beauty treatment works.
Tiny Needles Puncture Your Skin
This beauty treatment involves using a roller device or pen with small needles to cover your face in tiny punctures. This causes your skin to start repairing the punctures, and in the process, more collagen and elastin are produced. With more elastin and collagen in your skin, you should notice the healing of scars and the reduction of wrinkles.
Your Skin Is Numbed First
Sticking needles in your skin sounds painful, but a microneedling treatment isn't difficult to go through. Your doctor or esthetician uses numbing cream to keep you comfortable. The needles might cause some bleeding and soreness afterward, but the cream keeps you from feeling the punctures when the treatment is underway.
Multiple Treatments Are Often Needed
You might get good results from one treatment, and sometimes results are noticeable right away. However, it's common to need multiple treatments spread out over many weeks. The number of treatments you need depends on the condition of your skin.
You'll notice a gradual improvement in the quality of your skin as more elastin and collagen are produced. This can make your results seem more natural when they occur gradually.
Microneedling Is Combined With Beauty Treatments
Microneedling is often done along with other types of anti-aging beauty treatments. For instance, once the treatment is over, your esthetician may apply serums to your skin that will be readily absorbed due to the tiny puncture holes. The serums can help reduce wrinkles, improve skin hydration, and improve skin quality.
Microneedling can also be done with PRP therapy and radiofrequency treatments. PRP treatments involve taking blood from you and processing it to create protein-rich plasma. The plasma is then rubbed on your face before or after puncturing your skin so the plasma can be absorbed. PRP contains growth factors that stimulate cell turnover and skin rejuvenation. It is sometimes called a vampire facial or vampire facelift.
Microneedling with radiofrequency involves using a device with needles that also emit RF waves. Radiofrequency waves are used to tighten skin, and they're a good complement for microneedling.
There isn't much downtime needed after microneedling. However, your face may look red like it's been sunburned, and you shouldn't wear makeup to cover the redness right after you've had a treatment. You might want to take the rest of the day off so you don't have to go back to work with flushed skin.
For more information, visit a clinic that offers microneedling.