Micro-needling creates microscopic punctures in the skin, causing micro injuries which forces skin to generate new collagen and skin tissue to achieve smoother, firmer, more toned skin. It is one of the best treatments for treating acne scars, wrinkles and enlarge pores. You can supercharge it with hyaluronic acid which helps to increase skin hydration or platelet rich plasma, or PRP, which helps to reduce the discomfort and speed up healing and more effective in treating acne scars.
According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four micro-needling sessions spaced one month apart, produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.
Micro-needling is most often used on your face to target:
- acne scars
- age spots
- stretch marks
- fine lines and wrinkles
- large pores
- other types of scars
- reduced skin elasticity
- uneven skin tone
A skin specialist makes small pricks under the skin with an electronic pen-like tool. The pinpricks are so tiny that you likely won’t notice them after the procedure. The skin specialist will move the tool evenly across your skin so that the new skin will grow evenly.
Before getting started, a topical anesthetic is applying to reduce the chances of pain. the actual micro-needling process takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
Here are some of the potential side effects from micro-needling, it usually subsides with in 24-48 hours.
it is very important to keep the skin well protected after micro-needling treatment. For the rest of the day, don’t wash the skin, expose it to high heat, sweat too much (that means no sun, no gym, no hot yoga, no sauna) By using medical bio face mask every day for 3 days after the treatment you can speed up the skin healing process. Do not use any type of skincare with acids or retinol on the skin within the first week after the treatment to avoid skin irritation.
Who is not a candidate for micro-needling?
You may not be an ideal candidate for micro-needling if you:
- are pregnant
- have active acne
- have certain skin diseases, such as psoriasisor eczema
- have open woundson the treatment area
- have a history of skin scars/ easily scared