What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no downtime. It is considered safe for almost everyone and its only side effects are minor redness and irritation a few days after the procedure. The way that it works is by stimulating collagen production; that is why it is also known as collagen induction therapy. That treatment has also shown to be effective for treating acne scars and stretch marks.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is helpful for the reduction of acne scars and stretch marks. Patients who have either of these dermatological issues would be ideal candidates for microneedling. There has been some studies to suggest an effectiveness for people with hair loss but a doctor will advise on the most effective treatment method for that issue.
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
One of the biggest benefits of microneedling is its ability to help products like moisturizers penetrate deeper and be more effective with absorption into deeper layers. Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin. It will help reduce wrinkles, diminish scarring and tighten or rejuvenate loose or aging skin.
The procedure itself is about two hours and you may need at least four procedures to see the best results. It is not an invasive procedure so it will not require much downtime. The redness that many patients see on their skin following the procedure is a result fo the skin healing to the small "injuries" caused by the needles. However, this redness will fade over time and you will be able to hide the redness, if you are uncomfortable, with camouflaging makeup.
Because your skin will be more sensitive than it normally is, it is important that you use sunscreen. This will aid to speed up the healing. That said, your skin should be working hard to heal the injured skin on its own. Therefore, you should see significant results within a few weeks.