11 Mar Microneedling Gets to the Point: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered
Microneedling is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that works by utilizing the healing powers of your body. It’s been one of the most popular treatments at Refined MD for years, both as a standalone procedure or a complement to many of our more intensive treatments. When you undergo microneedling, several tiny, short needles puncture the skin—but don’t worry, the procedure is virtually pain-free and the needles are so short that only the very top level of skin is treated (which means no bleeding or open-wounds). The needles are on a “dermaroller,” which is glided across the skin by a skilled professional.
One of the most common questions we get is, “What’s the difference between at-home microneedling and microneedling in an office?” A lot! You may have seen “microneedling” devices online or at the store, but only a qualified office (like your dermatologist’s) has access to medical-grade microneedling dermarollers that ensure safe and effective results. There’s really no such thing as DIY or at-home microneedling because the devices sold for home use are not nearly as safe or high quality as the ones used at your dermatologist’s office.
Here are a few other of the most common questions about microneedling to help you learn more about this fascinating treatment:
How big are the needle in Microneedling—exactly?
Microneedling needles range from 0.5 – 2.5 mm. They are small enough that they only puncture the stratum corneum, which is the technical term for the very top layer of skin. This allows the needles to reach the epidermis and create highly controlled injuries. These injuries, in turn, tell the body to create more collagen in this area. Collagen is our body’s natural fountain of youth, but we produce less as we age. More collagen means skin that’s tighter and plumper.
Are there any ways to optimize microneedling treatments?
Yes! Microneedling can be a great precursor to in-office topical treatments. Any time a topical product is placed on the skin, you can help it gain better access with microneedling. Regular microneedling treatments, usually every few months, also help you sustain results.
What kind of issues does microneedling treat?
You already know microneedling encourages collagen production, which helps skin look more youthful and brighter. However, microneedling can also reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks, and even reduce pore size.
Does microneedling really work?
Microneedling is proven to work, but only in a professional setting and often only with routine treatments. Microneedling isn’t a one-time-only event. It can supplement other procedures, such as laser or light therapy, and a series of ongoing treatments is recommended for maximum, sustained results.
Is there any pain with microneedling at all?
The idea of tons of little needles creating micro-injuries might give you pause, but rest assured that microneedling is mostly pain-free. It’s often described as a “buzzing” sensation over the skin. Immediately after microneedling, a lot of clients liken it to a fantastic facial. There can be some very minor swelling and redness right after microneedling, but that subsides on its own in a few hours.
Getting Started with Microneedling
Now that you know more about microneedling, the next step is trying it out yourself. Unlike some other procedures, microneedling is suitable for any skin type or tone. It harnesses your body’s natural collagen production, making it an organic treatment option. Whether you want to couple it with a more aggressive therapy or start a regimen designed just for you with no other treatments, microneedling can help you achieve your skin goals in 2020.
Of course, if you still have questions, a complimentary consultation is always available. It can be helpful to see the microneedling dermaroller in-person before you schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about topical treatments that can be boosted with microneedling, or perhaps learn more about pairing laser or light therapy with a microneedling session.
The skin on our face undergoes a lot of trauma. From sun damage to being a prime spot for breakouts, it puts up with a lot! Give it a little love with microneedling and get ready to see results unfold. Schedule your microneedling appointment or consultation with Refined MD today by calling (408) 688-2082.