Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a new skin routine that involves using needles to stimulate the skin to produce collagen as well as to improve the absorption of serums.
It might sound too invasive because needles are not on everybody’s mind when it comes to beauty routines, but many claim it is a painless procedure with visible benefits.
As we age, wrinkles are almost inevitable as our skin loses collagen – an important protein that helps to keep our skin youthful. A microneedling session helps stimulate the production of this protein thereby helping to rejuvenate the skin. Moreover, microneedling makes new skin grow and has therefore been found useful in the treatment of scars.
Before the process, your cosmetologist will make thorough cleanse making sure your skin is prepared and if you have sensitive skin, they might apply a numbing cream to make sure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. When it comes to pain, most clients say that they did not feel almost anything and even if your skin is a bit more sensitive, you will not experience anything unpleasant.
Needles would puncture the skin and it would start its healing process with pumping collagen into epidermis making the face look not only radiant but significantly healthier. This process is extraordinarily successful when treating acne scars, depigmentation, and wrinkles. However, if you have eczema or any kind of inflammation on your face, wait until it passes otherwise you might get a scar that will have to be treated later.
When the procedure is done post-effects could be anything from slight irritation or redness to few pop-ups. More importantly, after one day you will see drastic changes in your skin complexion and quality.
Basic aftercare is quite simple. Just avoid using makeup and heavy creams, and make sure to hydrate your skin twice a day and use SPF 20 whenever you get out of the house.
Micro-needling at Home
Even though it is possible to do micro-needling in the comfort home, the derma-roller that would be at hand have much shorter needles and sometimes they cannot be that efficient as when you go to see a professional. They hurt less, but what they can do is mild exfoliation and cleanse, nothing more.
On the other side, doing the procedure at home will cost you significantly less since dermatologists charge between $ 300 and 800$, and at home, you will spend up to $50 to $70. Technically, if you do it 3-5 times a week at home the outcome will be quite similar to the one done professionally.
Why the trend?
Microneedling is all the rage now and it’s easy to see why. While it has been popularized by Hollywood stars, it’s also the skincare procedure of choice for people who have spent fortunes on allegedly revolutionary techniques but have little to show for their efforts. Should you have invested in Botox or fillers in search of flawless skin, you have no doubt to know the huge expenses involved and how temporary the results are.
Out of all procedures, you can do at home, micro-needling is moderately easy to do since all you need is a good needle roller and serum, no expensive equipment or medical serums. Also, on YouTube, you can find videos that explain everything step-by-step to make sure you are doing it the right way. In the end, make sure you consult your dermatologist about any decision you make and treat your skin carefully.