Our bodies are incredible. Our skin has the ability to expand and contract as we grow and gain or lose weight. Nearly every part of the body has the power to regenerate and heal itself to some extent. Fortunately, we can harness that power to rejuvenate the skin and regain a youthful glow.
Microneedling is a popular skin treatment that can improve many skin concerns and signs of aging without the use of fillers, chemicals, or any other synthetic ingredients. The treatment is gentle, safe, effective, and makes use of the body’s natural tendency to repair and restore itself.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Many other non-surgical treatments use fillers, lasers, and other methods to reverse signs of aging. Microneedling, on the other hand, uses the concept of controlled injuries to trigger a healing response. Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) because it encourages the body to create new collagen and repair the skin on its own.
During a microneedling treatment, a small roller equipped with tiny needles is gently moved over the skin. This creates small “microchannels,” which are essentially rows of little needle pricks. They’re not large enough to create any significant discomfort, but they do kickstart the body’s collagen and elastin production.
After microneedling, the skin gradually improves and refreshes itself. Because the treatment is very gentle, little to no recovery is needed. In the weeks following the treatment, the skin becomes smoother, firmer, and more youthful. These benefits can increase for up to six months after each session.
For good results, multiple treatments are needed. These sessions are spaced several weeks apart to allow the skin time to renew itself. Most patients are very happy with their results and find that the treatment process fits easily into their lifestyle.
Who Can Benefit From Microneedling?
Microneedling is an extremely versatile procedure that is safe for all skin types. Because it leverages the body’s healing mechanisms, it’s a natural, yet effective procedure.
People with all kinds of skin problems and concerns can benefit from microneedling. It’s perfect for people who feel like their skin is looking dull and tired because it can provide natural-looking skin rejuvenation.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Lots of people are concerned about the risks involved with cosmetic procedures. Fortunately, microneedling is extremely safe. In theory, an infection could occur, but if you choose a reputable medspa and follow all pre- and post-procedure instructions, serious issues are extremely unlikely. The procedure itself is nearly painless and a topical numbing cream is used to improve patient comfort.
After a microneedling session, the skin will appear flushed, as if it were sunburned. Mild swelling may occur. Pinprick bleeding is also a possibility. Most people need no downtime after microneedling, although makeup should not be worn for 12-24 hours. It is extremely important to protect the skin after a microneedling treatment to reduce the possibility of hyperpigmentation (uneven pigmentation).
Pregnant women, people with open wounds or skin infections, those with a history of abnormal scarring, and people with psoriasis or eczema are not eligible for microneedling. Patients should be in good health and must have realistic expectations.
Should You Consider Microneedling?
Almost anyone can benefit from microneedling. The procedure can be customized to suit your needs and is not limited to facial treatments. It’s perfect for skin issues on the neck, arms, back, and other areas as well. Microneedling can help with:
- Scarring, including acne scars
- Dull, tired-looking skin
- Minor sagging
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots/sunspots
- Large pores
- Uneven skin tone
- Poor skin elasticity
If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance or texture of your skin, then microneedling could be a good option. However, it’s best for people who only have minor signs of aging. For moderate to severe sagging skin, wrinkles, and brown spots, another procedure may be appropriate, such as laser resurfacing, Ultherapy, or even surgery.
Keep in mind that SkinPen microneedling treatments offer better results in a series. You should plan for up to 3 or more treatments to get the results you want. These sessions will be spaced 6-8 weeks apart, although you’ll begin to see results 1-2 weeks after each treatment.
Choosing the Right Provider
Even though microneedling is minimally invasive and carries very few risks, it’s important to choose a reputable provider to help ensure good results and to minimize the possibility of infection. At Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, TX, we specialize in facial treatments and prioritize patients’ safety and results above all else. We offer the powerful SkinPen microneedling treatment with rejuvenating creams and ointments for improved results.
If you’re unsure about whether or not microneedling is the right rejuvenation option for you, don’t worry! If you choose Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, you will attend a consultation with an aesthetician to learn more about your options. Our aestheticians are extremely knowledgeable and will guide you to the treatment plan that is right for you. To schedule an appointment at Mirror Mirror, call 281-810-9083 today.