Microneedling is a method that dermatologists, aesthetic doctors and dentists use to treat different conditions and rejuvenate the skin. The technique involves using multiple tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and cause physical trauma. This trauma prompts the derma, a deeper layer of skin, to rebuild. It is generally a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin. It may reduce wrinkles, diminish scarring, and tighten or rejuvenate loose or aging skin.
Microneedling may help address many skin-related complaints, including:
- skin pigmentation issues
- stretch marks
- loose skin, such as after weight loss or liposuction
- rejuvenate the skin
In addition, professionals can use microneedling to deposit medication, such as topical tretinoin or vitamin C, deeper into the skin. This can boost the treatment of a variety of issues, including acne scarring.
How Does It Work?
The needles just barely break the skin, causing an “injury.” While that injury doesn’t actually damage the skin, it’s enough to start the healing process and the collagen production by the fibroblast.
Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth and stretchy texture. After the age of 20, collagen production is 1% less each year. Without enough collagen, the skin begins to lose shape and wrinkles and sags start to appear. Skin collagen can be lost due to injuries, such as acne scarring, stretch marks, or other scars.
With microneedling treatment over time, wrinkles become less noticeable, scars and stretch marks slowly fade away, and the skin looks brighter and tighter.
It is important to realize that microneedling is not a quick fix, as it involves the growth of new skin. It can take several months for a person to see the full results of the procedure.
What To Expect?
Microneedling is a relatively quick treatment. Cleaning the face and applying anesthesia (topical or local anesthesia) usually lasts 15 to 45 minutes, and then the procedure itself only takes 20 to 30 minutes.
During the treatment, some people have pinpoint bleeding, but that’s normal and nothing to be concerned about. Don’t expect to see a miracle in the mirror the morning after the treatment. After all, collagen doesn’t grow overnight.
In fact, new collagen will be laid down for three to six months after your treatment. So sit back and relax — you’ll have to wait for that new collagen production in order to see the effects of microneedling.
Risks And Side Effects
The medical community generally considers microneedling to be safe and effective, but there are still some risks. After treatment, there might be skin irritation (redness or slightly swollen face).
A few other side effects could include:
- discomfort at the site
- flaking of the skin
Bleeding is an uncommon reaction to microneedling, though it may be more likely to occur after a deeper treatment. Patients with bleeding disorders may be more at risk because of the blood-thinning medications.
There is also a risk of more serious side effects, such as:
- skin pigment changes
- reaction to topical medications used during treatment
Finally, some people are not candidates for microneedling treatment, including those with:
- an active skin infection
- active acne
- keloid scarring
- an unstable skin type
Microneedling treatment can be combined with several materials such as Hyaluronic acid, vitamins and with your own blood – CLEOPATRA TECHNIQUE TM.
The “Cleopatra Technique”, developed by professor Cleopatra Nacopoulos, is a natural and completely safe method to rejuvenate and augment the skin, guaranteeing long-lasting results for up to two years after the treatment.