Skin care has revolutionized over the last few years. There was a time when conventional home remedies were used to treat common skin problems, but with technological advances, skin care has been upgraded.
With models and celebrities flaunting flawless skin in every magazine and on TV, the average person finds themselves yearning for the same. In their search for perfect skin, they tend to try various skin treatments that boast of being the ultimate solution. And one of the latest treatments is micro needling.
What is Micro Needling?
Also called skin needling, it is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure. The treatment is carried out using a small device which has fine needles. The needles all work together to puncture the skin and create controlled skin injury.
The idea might not appeal to everyone, but it’s not as painful as it sounds. And if getting perfect skin is your ultimate goal, then micro needling is the treatment for you.
How does Micro Needling work?
When the device punctures the skin, each puncture creates a channel. In order to fill the punctures, the body produces new collagen and elastin. These microscopic wounds are what compels the body to bring about necessary changes.
Once the body realizes that there are wounds that need to be healed, it starts the healing process. And this healing process is what ultimately leads to skin improvement.
Through the process of neocollagenesis and neovascularization, the body generates the necessary elements for skin rejuvenation. This facilitates improvement in skin texture and firmness but those are not the only benefits. The treatment has also been linked to a reduction in pore size, scars, and stretch marks.
During the treatment, ultra-thin needles are used to create minuscule columns in the skin. These wounds trigger the healing abilities of the skin. Once the process is in motion, the skin fills the wounds with fresh and new skin cells.
This results in a firmer and smoother skin.
But can’t the same results be achieved with chemical peels?
That’s where micro needling comes forward as the ultimate skin treatment. It can be done on areas where skin peeling and laser treatments can’t be performed. Being a whole package, micro needling has become a favorite of people all around the world.
Benefits of Micro Needling
The medical breakthrough has a plethora of benefits, which help get you the clear skin of your dreams. It has the ability to induce collagen without injuring the top layer of your skin.
Here are some of the benefits of the treatment.
- Reduces Fine lines and Wrinkles
- Over time, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which can cause some damage in the long run. Facial wrinkles, thinning of the skin, or sun damage are some of the side effects of decreased levels of collagen and elastin. Micro needling comes forward as the perfect solution to these skin problems. It also helps reduce the signs of aging.
- Premature Skin Aging
- Through skin thickening, micro needling aims to prevent the premature signs of aging. By creating channels in your skin, the treatment facilitates enhanced effectiveness of your anti-aging products. The micro wounds boost the product’s absorption, eventually getting you the smooth skin you’ve always dreamt of.
- Helps Heal Scars
- Micro needling wins in this area. The treatment has been proven to improve and in many cases even fade out most types of scarring. Be it surgical scars or acne scars, micro needing takes care of them all and leaves your skin scar free. Since scar tissues are made up of abnormal formation of collagen, the body takes time to heal them, but in some cases the body is unable to do so. That’s where micro needling comes to the rescue. By breaking up old scar tissues, micro needling stimulates production of elastin and collagen. This production is quite similar to the one produced by healthy skin and so the treatment works to fade scars.
- Stretch Marks
- Unlike scars, stretch marks are tougher to treat. These marks are caused by rapid skin stretching and it’s usual to get 3-12 treatments before any changes are visible. In this case too, micro needling breaks down the affected tissues and the micro wounds trigger collagen growth. Even though treating stretch marks is a tougher job than treating scars, it can happen through several treatment sessions.
- Abnormal melanocyte produces an unusual amount of melanin, which eventually triggers hyperpigmentation. People with darker complexion are more prone to be affected by the condition. Here too, micro needling helps people to get smooth skin by shedding the top layer of the skin. This stimulates the production of normal melanocyte. Where other treatments like laser, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion can cause loss of pigments, micro needling doesn’t do that. It’s safe for all skin types, especially darker tones since it doesn’t harm the pigments in any way. The process is the same for age spots as well. By gently shedding off the top layer.
- Ever experienced extreme facial redness? That could have been caused by a skin condition Rosacea. Certain food and beverages, excessive exposure to sunlight and even temperature changes can cause Rosacea. Micro needling causes micro punctures that trigger a significant production of callogen, ultimately improving the appearance of Rosacea. The treatment is however not effective in treating pustular or nodular Rosacea.
- Each year, thousands of people are affected by the simple yet quite troublesome condition of acne. Whether they’re young or old, many people suffer from the condition. Mostly it’s prevalent in the young generation but puberty is not the only reason for acne. Through micro needling, active blemishes and acne scars would no longer be one of your problems. But you must practice caution. People who use rolling technique for micro needling might accidently cause bacteria to spread across the entire area. This way, even the unaffected areas are at a risk of getting infected. So when dealing with active acne, take caution.
- Hair loss
- People who suffer from the condition Alopecia should definitely try this treatment. Micro needling has been known to offer some great results for the condition that’s also known by the name ‘male pattern baldness’. At first, the treatment decreases hair loss by releasing endothelial growth factor. By simulation, it can promote hair growth, ticker hair and also increases follicle size. Using the technique along with other topical products is a good idea and can significantly boost the treatment’s result.
When not to get the treatment
If you suffer from specific skin conditions, micro needling is not the right treatment option. Once your skin condition is better, micro needling would work to clear away the scars. But unless that happens, it’s a good idea to steer clear of the treatment.
If you are suffering from the following conditions, micro needling is not recommended as a viable treatment option.
- Open cuts
- Poor healing
- Areas of sunburn
- Skin malignancies
- Herpes outbreaks
- Skin inflammation
- Active skin infections
- Sore and tender areas
- Chronic skin disorders
- Severe solar keratosis
- Raised moles or warts
Before You Get Micro Needling Treatment
Deciding to undergo a treatment is a big decision and you wouldn’t want anything to go wrong. That’s why it’s better to take some precautions. Here are a few things you need to take care of before you go in for the treatment.
- Don’t apply any face product at least 12 hours prior to your treatment.
- Don’t go for any auto-immune therapies or products at least 12 hours prior to the treatment.
- Don’t expose your body to sunlight for too long. The treatment doesn’t not work well on sunburnt skin.
- Wash your face thoroughly before the treatment and don’t apply any makeup at all.
What To Expect After the Micro Needling Treatment
The skin would need some time to recover from the treatment and you must not get alarmed. Here are a few things to expect after the treatment.
- The skin might feel and look like you have severe sunburn. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just temporary and will subside after an hour or two.
- Some areas might feel tighter than usual. Be happy. This means the treatment has done its work. This too will subside in an hour or two.
- All the given conditions will normally take 24 hours to completely vanish. So be patient and continue to care for the skin as prescribed by the practitioner.
- You might also see some red patches on the treated area. That too is normal and might stay longer than 24 hours.
- Allow the skin to heal for at least 3 days and only use the highest quality products available through Laser Focus Aesthetics. After 3 days you can resume using your usual skincare products.
What to Avoid after the Treatment
Taking precautions after the procedure will work best in your favor. Knowing what to avoid will ensure that the treatment lasts longer and doesn’t cause any side effects. Here are some of the things that you definitely should avoid.
- Allow the skin to heal and till 3 days post treatment, make sure you don’t use any product that is perceived as active skincare. They can include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Hydroxy acids, etc.
- Steer clear of direct exposure to sunlight for at least 24 hours. Tanning beds are a big NO.
- Swimming is also prohibited for at least 24 hours. The chlorine in the water can damage your skin.
- Any activity that causes excessive sweating should also be avoided for at least 24 hours. Even gym environments are filled with harmful bacteria that can adversely affect the treated area if exposed.
After Micro Needling Treatment
These post-treatment instructions must be adhered to.
- Clean it – Don’t use any harsh skincare product to clean the treated area. Use water and a cleanser to gently clean the area. Make sure to wash your hands before starting the cleanse.
- Let it Heal – Healing the micro wounds is necessary. For this purpose, use serum antioxidants, which not only help to lessen irritation but also soothe the skin.
- Keep it Hydrated – Post-treatment, you might feel the treated skin get tighter. This is quite normal and can be easily rectified. Use Hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated and to restore it back to healthy balance.
- Enhance Stimulation – To improve skin regeneration, your skin might need a little help. Use collagen stimulating peptides to facilitate simulation.
- Protection – Immediately after the procedure, it is recommended that you apply a UVB sunscreen with an SPF 25 or greater. Make sure you use a chemical-free sunscreen at all times.