Micro Needling Review: How does it work?
Micro needling is a non-invasive procedure that can be used to treat a variety of conditions on the skin. It has very little side effects, can be done very quickly, and is a great alternative to dermabrasion. Micro needling is also referred to as skin needling and can be used to treat acne, scars, wrinkles, dark spots, stretch marks, tighten sagging skin, uneven pigmentation, and other skin issues. This procedure is mainly performed on the face, but can also be done on the hands, neck, chest and back.
Micro needling can be done with the Dermastamp or the Dermaroller. It is well tolerated by many and will take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the area of treatment.
How is skin needling performed?
The skin specialist will first cleanse the face or area being treated, and then a cream will be applied to the skin where the skin will receive treatment. A numbing cream will then be applied to the skin, which will numb the area so not as much pain if felt. Depending on the skin specialist, intravenous anesthetic may also be given but this is done on very rare occasions. The needle roller will be placed on the skin and rolled over several times. This will create many puncture wounds on the skin. This will encourage the skin to produce new collagen. Once the needle roller has been rolled over the skin enough, a cream will be applied to soothe the area. In very rare occasions bandages may be used to cover the area for 24 hours or so.
After the treatment, some will experience mild swelling and redness that looks similar to a sunburn. This will subside in 24 to 48 hours. There could also be some pinpoint bleeding with some bruising. After the treatment, within a few weeks the skin will look radiant and smooth. Within a few months, the full effects of micro needling will show through.
What are the benefits of micro needling?
There are many benefits to using skin needling. It is suitable for all types of skin, even thin and sensitive skin types. It can also be used on ethnic or dark skin as it will reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation. This procedure can easily be done in at your local skin clinic setting and will not require any instruments that are expensive. The epidermis will also not be damaged during this procedure, so more than one session can be done and is usually recommended for ultimate results. There is a short downtime associated with this procedure. In only a few days, the patient will be allowed to do normal activities. Skin needling may also reduce the pore size, reduce the oiliness of the skin, help to make acne breakouts minimal, and help medical grade skincare creams be more effective.
What are the side effects of micro needling?
The skin will remain red for a few days following the procedure. Within one week, most of the redness should be gone. It is common for the skin to feel very tight and sore. There may be some oozing and swelling while the skin recovers, and acne flare ups that are mild can be seen. Mila could be a side effect from micro needling, however, this is easily removed. In rare cases, there may be a skin infection with bacteria or a cold sore virus.
Is there anyone that should not have micro needling done?
Those that have the following skin conditions should not consider have micro needling done:
- Poor healing
- Blood clotting issues
- Severe solar keratosis
- Skin inflammations
- Moles or warts that are raised
- Active skin infections
- Chronic skin disorders
- Sunburns, open cuts or other sores