You have heard of Microblading but have you heard about Micro-needling? Micro-needling (also known as collagen Induction Therapy) gained popularity late last year but it seems that this trend has not died down. In fact, it has become increasingly popular among skincare fanatics. Vogue is now calling it the next big thing in anti-ageing.
So what exactly is Micro-needling? Simply put, it is a process that involves using fine needles to puncture hundreds of tiny microscopic holes in the top layer of your skin. The goal is to improve the overall texture and appearance.
It may seem like the newest trend in skincare but it has been around and evolving for over 50 years. Poking little holes into your face in the name of beauty sounds terrifying. However, it’s way less scary than it sounds because the punctures are more like pin-pricks and is apparently painless. The procedure can be safely done on all skin types to boost collagen, treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and even hyper-pigmentation.
How does Micro-needling work?
A dermaroller (looks like a miniature paint roller) made of micro-fine needles is the most popular and common device used.
The process involves gently rolling this device over the surface of the skin to create mini injuries.
This in turn forces the skin to go into healing mode stimulating collagen and elastin production. It takes about 15-30 minutes for the entire procedure and a numbing cream is usually applied before the rolling process begins.
Collagen production naturally slows down as you age. Therefore by promoting collagen growth through micro-needling, you are actually helping to reverse signs of ageing and the results are smoother, firmer and more even-looking skin.
What are the benefits of Micro-needling?
The primary reason why Micro-needling is so appealing is because of its ability to stimulate elastin and collagen. This is the key to youthful-looking skin. Some dermatologists have even referred to this procedure as the most powerful anti-ageing technique. The main reason is because t uses the body’s own natural healing mechanism to give natural-looking results. Collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the appearance of your skin and this goes beyond reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Other benefits of Micro-needling include:
- Treats acne scars.
- Reverses sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
- Shrinks pores. “I’d recommend Micro-needling to patients to help reduce pore size and improve texture.” Says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a NYC-based Dermatologist.
- Helps your skincare products work better. Micro-needling improves product absorption tremendously. This allows you to reap the full benefits of any skincare products/topical treatments.
How often can you do Micro-needling and is there any downtime?
It can be safely done every 4-6 weeks and it can take a few treatments to see full results. It works well and the results are long lasting especially in regards to treating acne scars. There is minimal downtime; the inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours however, You can expect some redness for a couple of days after the procedure as a result of the skin stimulation, but it subsides quickly as the healing begins.
When it comes to risks associated with Micro-needling, experts agree that the procedure should not be done on skin that is inflamed, irritated or has active acne i.e. fresh pimples. Wait until the breakouts are gone before undergoing Micro-needling.
The cost for this procedure can be anywhere from $100-$700 (around KS 10,000-70,000) per session but the results definitely speak for themselves. What are your thoughts on Micro-needling and is this a procedure you would consider if need be?