Most people are always striving for that fountain of youth look. Who doesn’t want to look like they did in their early twenties? With many of us the older we get, the more we spend on anti-aging products and services. In recent years there have been some significant advancements in the healthcare industry that has trickled down the beauty and skin care markets.
About twenty years ago a plastic surgeon in Canada discovered that punching tiny holes in the skin significantly improved the scar texture and improved collagen levels. Since then many advances have helped microneedling become one of the most popular skin treatments.
Below we answer some of the most common questions people have about this procedure. If you have any specific questions about getting microneedling, please ask your medical professional that can provide specific answers that pertain to your body.
Why exactly is microneedling?
Microneedling is a relatively minimally invasive treatment involving a controlled puncturing of the skin by rolling with fine miniature needles.
Viva Day & Med Spa in Austin describe microneedling as “Microneedling uses tiny needles to create hundreds of vertical microscopic channels in the skin. This process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself through the production of new collagen and elastin.”
What is the microneedling recovery time?
For a few days, your skin may have a pink or reddish look and feel dry. In most cases, everything is healed within three to four days.
Patricia Miles from San Antonio, Texas says, “After my treatment, I look red in the face for a few days, but it slowly goes away. I try and get my treatment on a Friday this way when I go back to work on Monday; it is much less noticeable.”
How long does the procedure take?
This depends on the area you are getting treated. For most people getting the treatment done on their face, the procedure will take 30 minutes to an hour.
Who can benefit from microneedling?
Almost anyone that wants to look younger and have soft, beautiful skin can take advantage of this procedure.
Serenity Med Spa in San Francisco describe microneedling benefits, “Microneedling is a very safe treatment that can be performed on the face and body for almost all skin types. Side effects are uncommon.”
What should I avoid on my skin after treatment?
You should avoid glycolic acid, retinol, acidic or active ingredients shouldn’t be used for a couple of days after the treatment. This should allow for maximum healing and to make your skin better. Sun exposure is not recommended and applying sunscreen is strongly encouraged.
How much does microneedling cost?
This will depend on where you are getting the treatment done and the location on your body. Most people will get this on their face and neck. However, some opt for more areas like the chest and back. If you get the face done, you can expect the cost to be anywhere from $250-$500 depending on the facility. Some places will give you discounts if you purchase multiple session in advance.
Who is the treatment not for?
In some cases, this procedure is best not to have. A good example is if your skin is in the middle of a significant breakout you should probably wait until it clears up some. Also, for those with sensitive skin, this might not be the treatment for you.
Microneedling can increase the collagen in your skin and give you that softer younger look. Before you have any procedure, it is a good idea to sit with a medical professional and see if you are a good candidate for the treatment.