When it comes to the fountain of youth everyone is searching for that secret that’ll keep them forever young. Many will spend years trying various products and procedures in hopes that they’ve gotten their hands on the holy grail of anti-aging. One procedure that has been highly talked about and praised from many wanting healthier skin as well as A-list celebrities including Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and the ever so popular Kardashians have used the skin regenerating technique of Microneedling. Whether you have heard about microneedling or have been under a rock, we have all you need to know about this much talked about beauty procedure.
What Are Other Names Does Microneedling Go By?
- Skin Needling
- CIT Collagen Induction Therapy
- PCI Percutaneous Collagen Induction
What Exactly is Microneedling? How Does It Work?
Microneedling uses a radio frequency that becomes injected as an electro current through many small needles between 0.5 to 2.5mm in size. These tiny needles puncture the dermis in small holes which will trigger a synthesis of collagen in the skin. Using this beauty treatment allows active ingredients to become absorbed in deeper layers of the skin as they are penetrated. When the skin becomes inflamed, it causes the skin cells to go into overdrive repairing damage that has been created and allowing new skin to form. This treatment can be costly as you’re looking around $200-$600 a session. The amount of sessions will be discussed with you by the licensed professional who will hopefully give a discount when purchasing a series of treatments.
What Conditions Can Microneedling Help?
Keeping in mind that individual results and amount of treatment sessions vary depending on the person skin’s health, there are many skin conditions that can be improved and treated by having microneedling sessions including:
- Acne Scarring
- Fine Lines
- Skin Texture
- Stretch Marks
- Pigment Issues
- Loose Skin
What Should You Know About Treatments?
Usually after the first treatment many will see a difference in their skin with majority of results being seen between 1-2 weeks. Performed by a trained professional, microneedling can be done between 4-6 weeks safely without the build up of scar tissue. Results may not always be permanent but for those that are treating stretch marks and scars they will notice long lasting results and for some even permanent ones. According to the FDA.gov website each state has different rules and regulations for microneedling and who can perform the procedure. Some states will allow Estheticians as well as Dermatologists to penetrate the skin with microneedling where as some states won’t allow Estheticians to perform treatments due to the puncturing of the skin. Regardless of which trained professional performs the microneedling, proper sterilizing of the tools is required to avoid spreading bodily fluids, germs and blood that may have been left behind from other patients. If you’re feeling uneasy don’t forget to ask what the technician did to disinfect the tools before using them.
What Are Some Side Effects?
Most people who take part in microneedling experience minor side effects that go away soon after including redness, irritation, red spots and sometimes bruising although they may appear more prominent on others. Some may experience skin conditions such as Rosacea become worse while those with darker skin may notice temporary hyperpigmentation that will go away shortly after. The biggest risk that’s unlikely to occur is the risk of infection. To avoid infection do your research and follow directions given to you by a professional. An increase in risk of infection is purchasing at home microneedling tools to do this treatment yourself. Without adequate training or proper sanitizing and disinfection of the tools after every use you are putting yourself at higher risk of not only infection but damage to the skin. Trust the professionals and leave your skin in their hands…
Hopefully now that you have a better understanding on microneedling and all the benefits one can experience after each treatment you not only feel well informed but possibly even interested. With a hefty price tag it’s suggested that not only you do your research on reputable places but compare prices. When it comes to your skin or your health in general it’s not the time to look for ‘cheap’ (do you really want a ‘cheap’ microneedling session done on your face for the whole world to see?!).
Fortunately enough there are sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial that have some wonderful locations that will give you discount rates on numerous skin care treatments including microneedling. If you’re still unsure or if you’re ready to try it for yourself, call and schedule a consult with a licensed professional that will walk you through what to expect and with any questions you may have. Having beautifully smooth, supple and plumped skin is only a phone call away!
About the Author:
Stephanie Ivonne is a freelance writer and Licensed Esthetician and mother of 2. She spends majority of her free time with her family and friends. When she is not learning about Beauty and Wellness, Stephanie is a Florida girl and loves spending time doing Yoga, running 10ks, Snorkeling and her absolute favorite, Disney!
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