What Is Microneedling And Why Does It Have Superior Benefits To Other Cosmetic Procedures?

Posted on: 25 September 2020

Microneedling is gaining popularity at a rapid pace for its ability to provide cosmetic benefits, particularly to those who have scarring problems and aging skin. If you've heard about microneedling and don't know what the fuss is all about, then this guide can easily explain what sets microneedling apart from other procedures in terms of the benefits it provides.

Collagen and Microneedling

Microneedling is a procedure that takes very tiny needles that repeatedly poke through the surface skin. Nothing is injected; the benefits here come from the act of inserting the needles themselves.

One of the biggest problems with scarring or aging skin is a lack of collagen. Collagen production lessens as one ages, and when the skin is badly damaged resulting in a scar, collagen often doesn't form properly in the region. Microneedling restores this collagen in a way that other procedures can't.

You've probably heard a lot of advertisements claiming that collagen products are the way of the future, but the body can't easily absorb collagen that comes from outside sources and utilize it that way. It's up to the body to produce its own collagen, and this is where microneedling excels. 

What It Can Do For You

Microneedling can do a lot for different people depending on their needs. For example, if you have acne scars on your face, especially the pitted kind, microneedling can help by restoring collagen under the scar, lifting the pit back up and creating a smooth surface to the skin. Other scar tissue can be partially broken up by microneedling, encouraging the skin to grow new, healthy cells, instead of damaged scar tissue.

Lastly, microneedling is great for aging problems because it restores the collagen to the skin that provides its plump, smooth look that one associates with being young.

What to Expect

Microneedling should never be attempted at home. Although kits exist, it's easy to harm yourself and there's a risk of infection. Instead, look to a licensed dermatologist or physician to perform this procedure for you. They'll do it with your skin fully cleansed of bacteria, and possibly even anesthetized for your comfort, if you need it.

From there, your doctor will get to work. A roller tool that has tiny needles sticking out of it will be gently glided over your skin, as the little needles prick the surface. There will be a tiny bit of bleeding from this that your doctor will clean up as they go. Once the process is complete, you can go home the same day and return to your daily activities without any major blemishes on your face or any other indication that you've undergone this procedure.

Over time, your body will respond to the tiny insertion points by generating new healthy cells and collagen. Repeated visits will boost results further, but you can generally expect to see an improvement after just one treatment.