Microneedling uses tiny needles to puncture your skin safely and create many micro-wounds to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. Its purpose is to rejuvenate your skin for more youthful and healthier skin cells and greater production of collagen and elastin. In turn, microneedling can address a wide range of dermatological concerns and conditions and helps you achieve a more youthful look with short treatment sessions that you can easily fit into a busy schedule.
When choosing a microneedling provider, always make sure that the professional has adequate training and experience. Your skin care professional can recommend microneedling as a standalone procedure or incorporate it into your customized treatment plan to maximize your results.
What Body Areas Can Microneedling Target?
Most people associate microneedling with the face. Although this type of cosmetic treatment usually addresses facial concerns, including in highly sensitive parts, it can treat dermatological issues in other parts of your body.
Other body areas your aesthetician can recommend microneedling for include:
- Arms and hands
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The micro-injuries from microneedling are a minimally invasive anti-aging method. It works well for mild to deep wrinkles and fine lines.
Wrinkles microneedling can smooth include:
- Crow’s feet
- Smile lines
- Forehead lines
Skin Texture and Tone
Microneedling can improve skin texture, including hyperpigmentation and sun damage. By resurfacing your skin to reveal younger skin cells, your complexion looks smoother. This aesthetic solution can address uneven skin tone for a flattering result.
This method also helps shrink your pores and can increase your skin’s absorption of topical skin care products like moisturizers, anti-aging creams, or acne treatments.
Scars and Stretch Marks
The FDA has cleared microneedling medical devices to treat and minimize different types of scars, including acne ones. This solution can significantly reduce the appearance of mild to moderate acne scars, including those left by pimples. It can even make a positive difference for more severe acne scars.
Microneedling can also help other types of scars, including surgical ones. However, keloid or raised scars cannot benefit from this treatment.
If you have stretch marks in one or more body areas, microneedling can address them too to rejuvenate your skin.
By leveraging your body’s healing process, microneedling stimulates its natural production of collagen and elastin. Those two proteins play a central role in the youthfulness of your skin and smooth features. With age, our bodies generally produce less of those two proteins and microneedling helps address that concern.
As your body works through the regeneration cycle, the skin in the treated area regains elasticity and slows down the aging process. Greater skin elasticity also helps reduce rosacea because the new collagen replaces what you lose due to the condition.
Microneedling treatments in the scalp areas can boost hair growth for individuals with alopecia. They can be especially effective when combined with platelet-rich plasma or PRP injections. Together they can increase access to the hair follicle and stimulate cell regeneration to slow down hair thinning and encourage regrowth.
What Can I Expect During My Microneedling Appointment?
Microneedling does not require any specific preparation and by the time you receive treatment, you will have had a consultation with your provider to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment.
During the appointment, your provider usually applies a numbing cream or possibly hyaluronic acid to optimize both your treatment and your comfort. They then use the microneedling device, often a pen or roller-shaped one, to create tiny controlled wounds with minuscule needles.
Each microneedling session can last up to 30 minutes and you may multiple sessions to achieve your desired results. Your provider may recommend a maintenance plan afterward.
Does Microneedling Require Downtime?
Besides its versatility and powerful results, one of the benefits of microneedling is that it requires no recovery time. You can resume your daily activities right after leaving your provider’s office.
You may experience any of the following minor side effects in the treated area for a few days:
Your results improve over time thanks to how microneedling stimulates your body’s natural healing process and its production of collagen and elastin for smoother and more youthful-looking features.
Are you looking for a minimally invasive solution to rejuvenate your skin in Dallas or its surrounding areas? Contact Novopelle Med Spa today at (888) 429-7055 to schedule a microneedling consultation!