Also known as collagen induction therapy, Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles, causing tiny abrasions. Dermatologists use this technique to treat different skin issues. The tiny wounds created cause your body to create more collagen and elastin, which heals your skin and makes it look younger.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that requires minimum downtime. It is also cost-effective as compared to other skin treatments. Microneedling helps with skin issues like acne, reduced elasticity, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, pores, alopecia, and hyperpigmentation. There are at-home derma rollers available that perform the same function, but they are not as effective.
How Does it Work?
Skin Loft uses a microneedling pen tool, Exceed from Candela USA. It is the only microneedling pen with 2 FDA approvals, both for facial wrinkles and facial acne scar reduction. The skin is numbed before the procedure starts to lessen the pain. The goal of the treatment is to increase the production of collagen and elastin to heal the tiny abrasions.
Collagen is an essential protein that heals your skin and makes it look fresh and youthful. Collagen production can decrease as you age and also due to injuries like stretch marks, scarring, etc.
The treatments takes 60 minutes and requires less prep time.
- A tropical numbing agent is applied to numb the skin for pricking.
- A microneedling pen is used on the skin, causing tiny abrasions.
- Hyaluronic acid or your PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is applied so your face during the treatment
When Will I See Results?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive process. The approach is gentle, and thus, results are not apparent immediately. For ideal results, a person needs to get 3-4 microneedling treatments. As it involves the growth of new skin cells, it can take up to 2 weeks to see results. The number of treatments can vary for each person and their skin issues
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As mentioned above, microneedling requires little downtime. You can start working right after the treatment is completed. You may notice some redness, irritation, and itching on your skin; but it dissipates after a few hours or days. Your skin also becomes sensitive after the procedure, so make sure you apply a hefty amount of moisturizers and sunscreen. Other symptoms include dry skin, bruising, discomfort, etc.
Is It Right For Me?
Microneedling is a safe procedure suitable for anyone who wants to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, scarring, stretch marks, and pigmentation. But it is not recommended for people who:
- Are pregnant
- Have had radiation in the past year
- Take skin medication (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory)
- Have poor wound healing history
- Keloid former