Even though the phrase “microneedling” sounds like a torture chamber attraction, we can assure you that it’s quite the opposite. The act of needling on the skin may sound scary, especially since numbing cream is involved; however, it’s meant for building of the collagen and providing a youthful glow back into the skin of the patient. Doing so can help thicken the skin and make you look healthier, too!
What Exactly is Microneedling?
You may have heard it referred to as rejuvapen, or something called dermapen. In short, this procedure takes a tool equipped with needles (typically around 11 in a device), and a button that the professional sets for needle depth, depending on your needs. This depth can range from 0.5mm to 2.5mm and is meant to serve as the primary tool between you and a better appearance.
The needles poking into the skin is to trigger the body to “heal” the “wounds” and providing a fresh look on your face. This is done through your body sending “fibroblasts” to trick your skin. Don’t worry, it’s nothing like that famous facial treatment where your own blood is used.
Who Actually Needs Microneedling?
Do you feel like you have thin skin and your face is sunken in? You may be the perfect candidate for microneedling. While many people need to grow a thicker skin in terms of taking in the world around them, we’re encouraging thicker skin starting at home. Even if you have small amounts of acne or clogged pores, microneedling can help heal your skin to what it once was.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Since there’s a numbing cream involved, it shouldn’t hurt, but every practitioner is different. If you want to make sure the area doesn’t hurt at all, let your professional know that your skin is sensitive and you require a bit more. They will suggest the perfect amount to keep you comfortable. You shouldn’t worry about what your skin will look like initially afterwards, as it will be a bit flushed since you were just micro pricked a bunch of times. This should go away after a few days total.
What Areas Can I Have Treated?
You don’t only have to microneedle the face, as you can also treat anywhere that needs a bit of thickening. As long as you discuss with your professional beforehand, you should be able to make it work. Have stretchmarks? If you want to improve the appearance, you may need a few sessions, but it can be done!
How Often is this Procedure Done?
This depends entirely on your needs, and you can do it every 3-6 months. If you have dramatic scarring, it would typically be pushed back a month for initial healing to be completed. After this is done, you can go in annually for a retouch.
Quick tips for aftercare:
- Avoid putting on makeup for the day
- Don’t use retinol or active ingredients for a few days
- Apply growth factor serum every night
- Keep your face fresh
DIY or Finding a Professional
We highly suggest that you find a professional over going the DIY method, as it can be dangerous to those that don’t absorb information well. If you’d like someone to do this for you, contact Atlantis Clinic at (905) 237-1354 today.