What is Skin Needling also known as Micro – Needling
Micro-needling involves using a small roller or pen-like device with tiny needles (the micro-needles, in this case) to puncture your skin for a wide variety of supposed skin benefits (more on that later). Day describes it as a “precise way to create entry points into the skin to help stimulate new collagen and help rejuvenating products and antioxidants work more effectively.” Basically, these needles penetrate your dermis to stimulate your body’s own reaction and healing, which results in elastin and collagen growth. Plus, all the puncturing is supposed to help all your fancy skin products penetrate better. – Byrdie
Skin needling is a quick, non-invasive procedure performed by a qualified skin care specialist to help the skin look younger and healthier. It is usually performed on the face but it can just as easily be done to areas of the chest, back, hands and neck as well.
What’s the Science Behind Skin Needling
You’ll be surprise to know that they also call it “The Vampire Facelift. According to Healthline Microneedling is typically performed in a series of four to six sessions, spaced about a month apart. The needles are inserted deeper at each subsequent session, as the skin becomes thicker and can tolerate it. During the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied and then a pen -like tool called a derma roller is used to insert tiny stainless steel needles into the skin to cause microinjuries or punctures. The idea is that the damage caused by the needles encourages your body to send healing agents (elastin and collagen) to the cuts to repair them. By making tiny columns of trauma in the dermis, the body is forced to make new collagen to fill them in and heal them. This new collagen makes skin look and feel slicker, tighter, and more youthful. Because the sun breaks down collagen, and our skin naturally makes less collagen as we age, any intervention that encourages increased collagen synthesis can make skin look and act younger. After the procedure, a collagen enhancing serum is applied.
How Long Until Results Are Visible?
To get the best results, multiple skin needling sessions will need to be performed. Within 6 to 8 weeks, you’ll start to see early results. However, the greatest results will be seen in the following months with repetitive treatments.
How Long Can You Expect the Benefits to Last?
Depending on what you’re treating, results can be permanent for issues like acne scars. Other concerns, like melasma and photo-aging, may require intermittent treatments, along with sun protection, in order to have lasting results.
But, What Are the Risk?
Skin needling doesn’t harm the skin like other skin treatments have the potential of doing. It’s a safer alternative to other more intense skin treatments. The process is less painful as it isn’t as invasive, and the small puncture discomfort is easily covered up with a topical anesthetic cream that is applied before the procedure.
Skin – needling treatment promises immediate results and no downtime. One tip: you may want to stay out of the sun or pile on SPF afterwards, since, you know, you just disrupted your natural skin barrier with a bunch of needles and everything.
DIY Skin – Needling. Does it Work?
When it comes to microneedling, not all treatments are created equal. At-home devices won’t provide the same effects as an in-office treatment from a board-certified dermatologist, plus it gives higher risk of infection.
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