Microneedling is a procedure that use multiple minute needles to puncture the skin and create micro-injuries. The goal of the therapy is to stimulate new collagen and elastin production to make the skin smoother, firmer, more toned, and younger looking.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to treat various
skin problems by stimulating collagen production.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction,
needle dermabrasion, or dermal remodelling, this treatment may help those
looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks.
It involves the use of hand held instrument with tiny needles which create multiple micro-injuries in the skin, breakdown old collagen strands and induce new collagen synthesis.
The hand held instrument with tiny needles creates multiple superficial
puncture wounds in the skin.
These tiny micro-injuries in the upper dermis trigger wound healing cascade which involves influx of numerous growth factors like platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) and transforming growth factor beta (TGF beta) into the area. This in turn increases the invasion of fibroblasts which are the primary cells producing collagen and elastin.
Over a period, the newly laid collagen and elastin remodels and matures, making the skin smoother, firmer and more toned.
Microneedling is an excellent modality to stimulate new collagen synthesis
with minimal risks and side effects.
It can improve a wide variety of conditions including:
Microneedling can be safely performed in any individual of any skin colour.
If you have any scars, be it acne scars, chicken pox scars, surgical scars or traumatic scars, or if you want to improve fine lines, open pores, or if you are simply looking for a skin rejuvenation procedure beyond superficial effects, micro needling is definitely a great option for you!
Microneedling is a minimally invasive office-based procedure.
It can be performed using different types of instruments like
Dermaroller - device made of plastic with a handle that holds a drum shaped cylinder with needles at the end
Derma stamp - miniaturised version of dermaroller like a stamp
Derma pen - pen like motorised instrument in which cartridges of needles need to be attached. The needle length is adjustable
The steps of the treatment are -
A microneedling session takes around 45-60 minutes.
The procedure is associated with some discomfort, so to make you comfortable, a topical anaesthesia cream is applied for 30 minutes before the procedure.
There might be some skin irritation and redness during the first few days
post-procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” made by the
needles in your skin.
You can go back to work after the procedure if you’re comfortable. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is a must. The skin usually heals completely within 3-5 days.
After microneedling, the skin starts to work quickly to rejuvenate the tissue and you should be able to notice the results within few weeks. The first changes you can notice are improvement in skin texture and skin tone. The skin feels smoother and firmer. Gradually you will be able to appreciate improvement in scars, fine lines, open pores as well.
Depending on the skin condition, you may require 4-6 sessions for great
Microneedling can also be combined with other treatment modalities such as chemical peels, fractional lasers, muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers to enhance the cosmetic outcome in case of acne scars as well as skin rejuvenation.
The ideal gap between microneedling sessions is 4-6 months.
Microneedling is an absolutely safe treatment without any adverse effects. The minor skin irritation and redness that occurs is temporary and usually subsides in a couple of days. However, proper post-procedure skin care as advised by the doctor is essential.
Microneedling is a professional procedure that’s performed in a doctor’s office
only. Unlike professional microneedling, home rollers don’t puncture the skin
hardly at all.
While this might seem a less painful option, the problem is that you won’t achieve the same results. The micro-injuries created during professional microneedling are aimed to induce tissue remodelling and skin rejuvenation. With a home roller device, you may maximum achieve a more brighter skin. But if you are looking for more dramatic and long-term results, microneedling at doctor’s office is anytime better than microneedling at home.
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