All About Microneedling
In this article, our expert aestheticians will talk all about microneedling, a popular cosmetic procedure for celebrities because of its long list of potential benefits.
If you’re considering microneedling treatment, then read on as we discuss what it is, how it works, benefits, what areas to treat, pros and cons of microneedling, and more.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive, non-surgical skin rejuvenating procedure that helps you attain the beautiful skin you’ve been dreaming of.
The goal of microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves pricking the skin using small needles (from 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter) to create microchannels in the skin.
This triggers the body’s healing response for increased stimulation of circulation and natural collagen production in the treated area. And of course many additional benefits.
At Skin Theory, we prefer to use a Dermapen for microneedling, a more advanced and effective microneedling treatment, because a roller can only reach a single depth, therefore is not as effective where the thickness of the skin layers vary. A dermapen is adjustable.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling provides a huge array of benefits to the skin. It can substantially improve its general appearance and guarantee that it looks a lot more youthful. Furthermore, microneedling in general is more affordable than many other treatments.
The most common areas treated with dermapen microneedling are face and chest.
Since this procedure doesn’t depend on heat like laser treatments, it can be effectively used for all skin tones, which is an additional bonus.
Benefits of Micro-needling:
- Stimulates collagen production
- Treats fine lines
- Improves skin texture
- Reduces the appearance of large pores
- Enhances the effects of topical skincare products
- Stimulates circulation
- Improves overall health of the skin
What is Dermapen Microneedling Specifically
With the help of today’s technology, the invention of the advanced medical ‘microneedling pen’ has moved forward. It is a more effective method for skin rejuvenation that tightens skin, improves scars, wrinkles, and fine lines.
A Dermapen is a brand name for a microneedling tool – essentially a small motorized pen-like microneedling device in which the microneedles are positioned on the tip of the device.
The needles of this device are approximately 0.1-0.25 in diameter. Don’t worry, microneedling is way less scary than it sounds.
Why is the Dermapen Microneedling Best
The Dermapen Microneedling is a modern procedure that can treat the more sensitive and harder-to-reach areas, such as the upper lip, around the eyes, and nose. In this case, you can reach the dermis level by adjusting needle depth. You cannot adjust needle depth with a roller.
What to Expect During a Dermapen Microneedling Treatment
During a Dermapen Microneedling treatment, expect to be in the med spa office for about an hour, on average.
Before the procedure, your skin will be cleaned, and about an hour before your treatment, we will utilize a skin topical anesthetic to decrease the chances of minor discomfort.
For better outcomes, we will also apply a collagen-stimulating product like hyaluronic acid, nutrient C serum, or a skin lightener for skin pigmentation treatment, if this is a concern.
Once everything is good to go, the Dermapen, which consists of twelve small sterile needles, will be used to enter your skin at the appropriate depth.
It’s designed to create a safe healing response within the body to ignite natural collagen and elastin production, which results in better, more brilliant, tighter skin with an all the more even tone.
Furthermore, these needles are adjustable, so they will enter your skin at the proper depth depending on how thick or thin your skin is in the area being treated.
After the treatment, soothing Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are applied to hydrate, mend, and protect the skin.
How Long Does a Dermapen Microneedling Treatment Take
Including the application of the numbing cream on your face, the whole treatment takes only about half an hour to 45 minutes to complete.
During your initial consultation with your aesthetician/nurse, we’ll assess the current health of your skin and listen to your aesthetic objectives to give you an idea of how long you can expect your treatment to take and our opinion on whether microneedling is the right option for you.
Does Dermapen Microneedling Hurt
During the treatment, you won’t feel the punctures of the needles. That’s why dermapen microneedling is considered a pain-free procedure. But you will be able to feel minor discomfort during the needling treatment.
Numbing cream can be applied normally 30 minutes prior, to guarantee the treatment is easy or to reduce the pain. Depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure, you may experience pinpoint bleeding; but that’s normal.
It will, later on, result in temporary redness of the skin for a few hours or a day, depending upon the treatment type and will regularly heal quickly.
How Long Does the Results of Dermapen Microneedling Last
The longevity of the result will rely on the individual’s skin. Typically, the recommended course of treatment involves several Dermapen applications, normally around 4-6 treatments in total, 4-6 weeks apart until you have achieved the hoped-for results.
After that, a maintenance approach is the best, with a repeat treatment every 6-12 months. The results are not permanent, although resulting collagen growth may last longer. This is why most people come in for follow-on treatments.
What Will I Look Like After Dermapen Microneedling
Right after the treatment, you will see that your skin looks smoother and more brilliant.
A great many people experience gentle redness and potentially some swelling or bruising. Mild redness will fade in a couple of hours to even more of a pinkish tone, which may last 12 to 48 hours.
Within a week, you will start to see the magic a dermapen microneedling procedure can do.
How Often Should I Get Dermapen Microneedling Treatments
The current state of your skin, just as the area you’re trying to treat, determines the number of treatments you should plan on to accomplish your ideal aesthetic. Usual repeat visits occur around the 12 week mark, until you are satisfied with your final results.
Then, unless you have dramatic skin breakouts or scarring, a maintenance treatment plan every 6 to 12 months is the usual recommendation.
What Downtime is Associated with Dermapen Microneedling
One great reason to go through collagen induction therapy (dermapen microneedling) is that there is no downtime.
However, it is ideal to avoid a major event where you want to look your best a day or two after the treatment to allow your skin time to rest. You should stay away from the sun for the first three days after treatment as well.
A little hyaluronic acid will help you in ensuring there’s no inflammation after the treatment. Also, that day after treatment, concealer might be used to limit any redness on your face.
As a further after effect, to recharge the skin, some of the old skin cells will be shed, which means that the skin may begin to flake somewhat around 2-3 days after the treatment.
Are You A Good Candidate for Dermapen Microneedling?
Microneedling is ideal for those wishing to improve the appearance of superficial acne scars, minor burn scars, or for those needing to improve minor skin defects including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, or uneven skin tone.
It’s safe for most skin types and tones and, unlike other skin rejuvenation procedures, is safe and effective for darker skin types too.
Is Dermapen Microneedling Safe
Dermapen microneedling is perhaps the most trusted and popular facial skin treatment today. It comes with a sterile, sealed, and disposable needle package to maintain the highest safety precaution.
How Can You Care for Your Skin after a Dermapen Treatment
With needled microchannels open, your skin will be particularly vulnerable. Take care of your skin for the first few days after your treatment:
- Avoid direct sun exposure
- Go without makeup for at least 24–48 hours
- Keep your skincare simple
- Cool it on the exercise. Working up a sweat can aggravate your skin, and you run the risk of stirring up infection-causing bacteria
- After treatment, you should avoid any skincare product with acidic active ingredients, retinol, or AHAs (glycolic acid).
What Are the Risks of Dermapen Microneedling
Like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling isn’t without risk. But with the proper procedure, Dermapen risks are low. A few patients may encounter some temporary side effects that will generally heal just 2 days after the treatment.
However, incorrect use of needles on the face, improper depth, or exerting excess pressure in microneedling treatments can leave long-term marks, including scarring or hyperpigmentation. This is why you need to ensure a professional trained in microneedling specifically, performs the treatment.
The primary risk is skin irritation after the procedure. Other side effects could include swelling, redness, bruising, dryness, and flaking of the skin.
Learn All About Microneedling with Skin Theory
Whether you’re looking to tighten and lift your skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, regenerate tissue or have another aesthetic goal, Skin Theory Aesthetics can develop the perfect skin rejuvenation plan for your unique needs.
The professionals at Skin Theory Aesthetics are trained and experienced in using Dermapen Microneedling. We are knowledgeable about the appropriate needle depth and speed to assure maximum skin rejuvenation without causing damage to the skin.
Get in touch with us now by calling (951) 735-5570, and one of our medical professional’s staff will answer an questions you have about microneedling process.