What is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. It works by rolling many tiny, closely spaced needles along the skin to stimulate your body to naturally produce collagen – the substance responsible for maintaining a youthful appearance and plump skin.
Although you do not need anesthesia for this procedure, it is considered minimally invasive because it uses tiny needles to poke holes in your skin. There’s also the slight chance of drawing some blood depending on the length of the needs and the pressure used to apply. It is crucial to get this skin treatment from a physician, as store bought devices can cause scarring and even leave broken needles in the skin.
How does microneedling work?
Collagen induction therapy works by creating a controlled injury under the skin, thus prompting the body to increase the production of collagen. As the skin produces collagen it thicken and plumps, which results in a decrease in the appearance of scars, fine wrinkles, and stretch marks.
Microneedling should not be painful. In fact, the only way it is truly painful is if the incorrect amount of pressure is used while rolling the device or the wrong needle length is used. This is why it is important to go to a board certified physician who knows how to select the right treatment for you. If you’re particularly sensitive to pain, your physician can use a topical anesthetic.
This procedure has been shown to reduce the appearance of scars, acne, burns, wrinkles, and hair loss because of its ability to naturally stimulate collagen production.
What are the benefits of microneedling?
Microneedling is not just minimally invasive, but also affordable. It’s a great option for men and women seeking a procedure that is affordable, offers great results, and requires very little downtime. In addition to cosmetic benefits, microneedling also improves the body’s ability to improve absorption of topical solutions.
Several studies have shown that microneedling is quite effective at smoothing skin and improving its firmness, as well as at reducing higher grade scars (grades 3 and 4).
What are the disadvantages of microneedling?
While microneedling is relatively safe, it’s important to consider your overall health prior to going for treatment. If you have a weakened immune system, this might not be the choice for you because it creates small openings where germs can get in. And, although that is a rare occurrence, it’s crucial to stay aware of your options.
Although you can get at home microneedling treatments, it’s better to go to a trained specialist so you can get the best results. Contact us for a free microneedling consultation today. The Azalea Center team will help determine if this is the right procedure for you and will answer any questions you have.