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What Is Microneedling?

Also known as "collagen induction therapy", microneedling is a cosmetic procedure designed to stimulate production of collagen within the skin. Collagen is a protein which occurs in the body, and among its key functions is the maintenance of skin elasticity. As such, it is a great means of slowing the aging process in the skin.

Microneedling has its cultural origins with ancient Chinese acupuncture, dating back to around 100 B.C. But its first use for cosmetic purposes occurred in 1905, when dermatologist Ernst Kromayer utilized needles for the treatment of scars, birthmarks and the like. Since then the process has been continually refined until it reached the level of precision and efficacy which it enjoys today.

How Does It Work?

Microneedling involves the repeated puncturing of the skin with miniature, sterile needles. While that image might not be the most appealing, it's important to note that the needle punctures are purely at a surface level and are not painful - your dermatologist will most likely provide you with a numbing cream to alleviate even the mildest discomfort.

Microneedling has its cultural origins with ancient Chinese acupuncture, dating back to around 100 B.C. But its first use for cosmetic purposes occurred in 1905

Average length per procedure is around two hours, and you will be looking at approximately four sessions to really reap the benefits of the process. When the skin is punctured, the immediate reaction within the skin is to produce new tissue which is rich in collagen and elastin.

Essentially, the act of inserting needles into the skin tricks the body into thinking the skin has been damaged. This accelerates the natural production of collagen as a means of repairing said damage. The enhanced skin texture and elasticity which is a by-product of the collagen production helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

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One key advantage of microneedling is its very short recovery time, as only a tiny portion of the skin is affected and the individual micro-wounds heal very quickly. You may be left with very slight tenderness and sensitivity, but this will most likely have faded within a couple of hours, and then your skin will be completely back to normal.

In terms of aftercare, it's a good idea to make use of skincare products to gently maintain the effects of the microneedling. Discuss this with your dermatologist to get the most relevant recommendation for your skin type.

What Are the Benefits?

Microneedling has a whole host of potential applications. Here is a run-down of a few of the most common:

  • The most popular use of microneedling is as an anti-aging procedure. That's because it is highly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. But more generally speaking, it has been shown to improve skin tone, skin texture and pore size, lightening up pigmentation issues and giving your skin a new lease of life. Issues like crow's feet, chicken pox scars or sun damage can all benefit from it.
  • Microneedling is an ideal means of reducing the effect of scarring and stretch marks, and is frequently used to combat acne scars. If you have recently experienced any manner of skin trauma such as surgical incisions, Microneedling might be the perfect way of treating the resultant marks and scars.
  • Similarly, it has been shown to have significant benefits in the treatment of skin sag and cellulite. Basically, it tightens up and tautens the skin, giving it a fresh and youthful appearance.
  • Research is still ongoing, but it also appears that microneedling can help to reinvigorate hair follicles. That means it might be targeted at a receding hairline for example to stimulate hair growth.
  • Once your treatment is complete, you will likely find that the effectiveness of any topical treatments you use will be increased. That's because microneedling helps to open up your pores and enables the creams or other treatments to penetrate the skin much easier.

How Do I Get Started?

Before you take steps toward beginning your microneedling treatment, there are one or two things you ought to know. These should help you to decide if it's right for you:

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  • Unfortunately, microneedling is not suitable for pregnant women, those who have recently undergone radiation therapy, or who have open wounds or skin disease.
  • If you have a pimple or a cold sore, it's also recommended that you don't undergo the treatment. That's because it might in fact spread the infection or bacteria.
  • Apart from that, the treatment is widely applicable. It has been shown to be effective for all skin colors and skin types. There are no recorded side effects, save for a mild itchiness and redness which is faded within hours.
  • Once you have undergone the treatment, it's recommended that you don't use makeup or experience excessive sun exposure for a few days. This will give your skin the time it needs to heal.