There is a host of treatments that surprise many patients by when we discuss them during consultations, and I can understand why. At the end of the day, it never sounds incredibly appealing to subject one’s self to a bunch of tiny needles. But the outcomes are nothing short of miraculous for many.
The basic rundown of how this process works is very simple. It makes use of a small roller containing many small needles. A medical professional uses this tool all over the respective areas. It doesn’t take long at all, but the benefits can be staggering.
What is Happening
Microneedling works similarly to how a laser treatment works, just with tiny needles instead of energy. Ultimately, this procedure significantly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in younger-looking skin. In some cases, it can also reverse instances of sun damage, or pigmentation issues resulting from prolonged skin exposure.
In 2009, one study conducted by the NIH showed a nearly 100% improvement rate in the visibility of acne scarring. This has been a fairly consistent outcome, but it does require medical-grade tools that aren’t available to the general public.
In addition to all of this, microneedling shrinks pores, tightens loose skin, and will do a host of other helpful tasks.
Anywhere is Fair Game
The procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body. So don’t get stuck thinking that it’s only for facial rejuvenation. It can help with any problematic area of skin — especially helpful for those who spent a little too much time in the sun.
Not only will it have a host of positive benefits for your skin, it will also ensure that all of the expensive creams and skincare regimens you use will be 4-8% more effective! That’s right, not only does it improve your skin over time, it also makes your cosmetic treatments do more than they had been.
Although one single session usually isn’t enough, you will likely start seeing serious results after 3-4 treatments. Considering that skin issues like stretch marks or pigment disruption take a little time to form, it takes a little time to get rid of them. Make sure and ask about microneedling for your next treatment.