Microneedling is becoming quite popular. You may have also heard it referred to as collagen induction therapy. It is not new. In fact, it has been used for decades by dermatologists to treat facial scars.
Much of its popularity is due to the home microneedling devices that are now available. This leaves us to wonder exactly how safe it is, and will it actually cure wrinkles and scars?
What Microneedling Is
Microneedling is done with a device that is covered with small, shallow needles. These needles are basically poking holes in the surface of the skin. The holes actually have therapeutic qualities.
They are creating micro injuries that will prompt your skin to stimulate its collagen production. This increase in collagen fills fine lines and plumps the skin which will create a younger appearance.
Is Microneedling for You
Those who are afraid of needles will not enjoy this experience. On the other hand, if you are the type that doesn’t find the prick of a needle to be too much to bear in order to have fewer wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, this might be your perfect solution.
Microneedling is ideal for sunken areas of the skin such as chickenpox or acne scars. It also helps with fine lines and discoloration as well as over-all skin rejuvenation. It isn’t for just the face.
Microneedling can be dome on several areas of the body. This includes the neck, arms, legs, back, abdomen, and hands. The procedure can be customized to each individual’s needs.
Should Microneedling be done at Home?
Home microneedling devices are being sold, but doctors advise people to carefully think about the risks. There is a risk of infection as well as scarring involved. The needles are essentially creating an open wound on your skin. This always provides a risk of infection or scarring so it is better to let a dermatologist do it for you in a controlled environment.
A study done by scientists at the University of Utah in 2014 put home microneedling to the test. They studied three women who had the treatment done at a spa.
Some of the products that were used on them had not been tested for microneedling. The recipients developed allergic reactions that resulted in rashes that lasted for a full year.
What to Expect
When a dermatologist does the microneedling process, an anesthetic cream is applied to the skin. Water can also be used as a lubricant that allows the derma roller to glides smoothly.
The microneedling device is then rolled over the skin to create small holes. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and the skin can become red.
Within a few days, the skin should look fairly normal. Results become apparent gradually. Natural collagen growth can take weeks or even months. More than one treatment is needed. The average procedure takes three to six times to achieve optimal results.
Those with stretch marks, deep wrinkles, or sun damage may need more treatments. For safety, treatments are given three weeks to one month apart.