Many people suffer with the issue of facial scarring and while there are many different types of treatment available, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. Unfortunately, many of these types of treatment are invasive, harsh and come with a significant recovery period. For people who want to get treatment and get on with their lives, treatment options like laser resurfacing would not be a good option since it requires some healing time. Microneedling, however is one treatment option that requires no downtime but is extremely effective.
Microneedling, which is also known by various other terms such as skin needling, derma rolling, and collagen induction therapy basically induces collagen into the skin in order to improve damage caused by aging, acne, sun damage and other such skin ailments. This process is believed to significantly improve the skin’s ability to absorb topical treatments and is achieved with the use of a tool called a dermaroller. According to some research findings, the skin has been shown to respond favorably to micro needling.
The Skin Needling Procedure
- Who does it: Professional microneedling procedures are typically carried out in a salon or clinic by a trained medical practitioner. There are also home kits that can be used for micro needling but these may not offer the same results as a professionally done treatment especially if you have never done skin needling before. Depending on your skin type and the type of treatment that is required, professional skin needling can take anywhere from thirty to forty minutes.
- The process: Prior to starting the skin needling procedure the skin is numbed with a topical anesthetic in order to prevent pain and discomfort. Once the local block has been applied, the practitioner will then roll the dermaroller over the client’s skin. This process will cause tiny puncture injuries in the outer layer of the skin and this will cause the skin to produce new collagen which could potential last for up to one year. This process however, will not leave any scars or bruising.
- What to expect after the treatment: Upon completion of the procedure there will be a slight redness of the skin and the skin will also feel tight and slightly sensitive to the touch. Most of this irritation will dissipate within a couple of hours and the area should be completely healed within twenty-four hours. Three days later, no one will be able to tell that you just had a procedure.
- After doing this treatment, clients typically begin to see results within six to eight weeks and these results can last up to one year. Although significant improvement to the skin can be achieved through just one session, it is generally recommended that clients do a course of three sessions at a six to eight week interval in order to achieve the very best results. Finally, it is also recommended that patients use a home microneedle kit in between their salon or clinic visits as this will help to enhance and maintain the results of the procedure.