This technique involves using multiple tiny, sterile needles that create microscopic punctures in the skin in order to generate new collagen and skin tissue for a smoother, firmer, and even-toned skin. The trauma-induced targets the deeper layers of the skin in order to rebuild in which can also be used for improving the appearance of scars and encourage hair growth. While it may not be a quick fix but it can offer fairly immediate results and will continue to improve over time to see the full results of the procedure. It is considered a safe and effective method when administered by an experienced and certified doctor.
Microneedling may not be suitable for you if you:
- are pregnant
- have certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
- have open wounds
- have had radiation therapy recently
- have a history of skin scars
A topical anesthetic will be used prior to the treatment to reduce the chances of pain. Using a pen-like tool, small tine pricks will be made under the skin moving across evenly over the area being treated. More than facial concerns, microneedling is also an effective treatment for stretch marks in other areas of the body.
As with most non-surgical (non-invasive) treatments, most people require very minimal downtime or if any at all. While you may experience slight skin irritation and redness within the first few days following the treatment, it would resolve very quickly. If you feel comfortable, going back to work/school isn’t an issue. However, do expect some sensitivity to the sun, so do remember that sunscreen is a must whenever you head out.
Results should be visible within a couple of weeks.
To maintain the results, multiple sessions may be required or other complementing treatment. However, your doctors will advise you on the best course of action according to your needs and desired results.
Possible complications may include