Microneedling is quickly becoming the new skincare must do, allowing for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging while improving the texture and appearance of the skin. Learn more about microneedling to see if it is right for you
With the rise of microneedling, many young men and women are wondering if they should try it. There are not many restrictions on who can get microneedling. If one has active cold sores or has used Accutane in the previous six months beforehand, they will most likely have to wait to get their microneedling done.
Microneedling is the process of puncturing the skin with multiple, extremely thin needles to smooth and repair the skin of issues such as fine lines, scarring, and even stretch marks. In contrast with laser treatments, this approach takes a mechanical route to repair skin.
With a device known as a derma roller, one can roll the needles onto the skin at home. This is known as home microneedling. Otherwise, microneedling can be done at a professional office by a dermatologist.
To encourage the skin to produce more collagen, tiny needles are pricked into the skin to cause small wounds. The skin repairs the injuries by building healthier, smoother skin over the open wounds.
There are many benefits to microneedling. Micro-needling procedures can even help treat rosacea, though it's not a practical option for relieving eczema.
Some of the other benefits of the procedure include:
While the idea of poking hundreds of small holes into the skin can seem rather painful in theory, microneedling tends to be relatively painless. The sensation is more akin to a prickling feeling, instead of any tearing or poking.
If you are eager to try microneedling, you may be curious (or nervous) about what to expect during the process.
Before beginning microneedling treatments, you should start with a clean face. You will want to avoid using any skin products that can cause your skin to be overly sensitive, such as harsh exfoliants.
An hour before the procedure is done, your provider will apply topical anesthesia to the treatment area.
After the skin is ready for treatment, the professional will begin to needle the skin in every direction. Slight discomfort and bleeding may occur, but both are common and not a cause for concern. The procedure itself is relatively quick and rarely lasts over half an hour.
Directly after the procedure, you can apply ice or cold water to the skin to soothe it.
Microneedling can range from $100-$1,000, depending on what type of treatment you choose. Adding radiofrequency and PRP(platelet-rich plasma) will raise the price of the procedure. A standard microneedling session rarely exceeds $500.
After the first microneedling session, it is recommended to do microneedling every 4-6 weeks. Doing so gives the skin time to heal and produce the benefits of microneedling.
Microneedling is not the most pleasant feeling, but it is more uncomfortable than painful. Some soreness can occur after the procedure, but medication is rarely needed.
Sensitive skin or skin irritation is the most common side effect. Some more severe side effects include bruising, peeling, and there is even a risk of infections.
Dermatologists recommend waiting at least a month before going to another microneedling session. In the meantime, use gentle products to wash the skin.
Wait one week before using either vitamin C or vitamin A products on the treated skin.
Both microneedling and botox are safe and effective treatments for the skin, though many prefer microneedling as the procedure aims to improve the health of the skin.
If you are thinking of trying out microneedling, schedule a visit with San Diego's Premier Wellness Med Spa to learn more. With the expertise of iThriveMD on your side, you can start seeing improved skin texture and many other positive side effects of micro-needling.
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