Find out everything you wanted to know about microneedling, the ultimate facial which will improve a wide range of skin issues.
A spotless complexion is everyone’s no. 1 beauty wish, so it’s no wonder there’s such a wide range of facials available, and new techniques are emerging very often. But in the sea of options, it’s hard to know what treatments actually work and which don’t.
The microneedling facial, however, is something everyone agrees works: dermatologists, estheticians, and satisfied clients.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, treats a number of skin issues. It’s a minimally invasive treatment and results can be slow, but they are definitely worth it. If you’re dealing with a skin imperfection you want fixed, chances are this is the treatment you need.
We’re answering all your questions about microneedling.
A skin treatment used for improving the appearance of the skin, improving its texture and treating imperfections. It’s become a staple in the beauty industry as a very effective, yet minimally invasive and virtually painless treatment that can be used in most areas of the skin:
As the name suggests, it’s a form of skin needling that implies controlled puncturing and affliction of micro-traumas to the skin in order to trigger its regeneration. It’s often called collagen induction therapy, as this is the primary mechanism that leads to an improvement in skin structure.
This is a multipurpose treatment that combines several beneficial mechanisms to battle:
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While it is very versatile, this treatment can’t really do much for, or can even worsen, the following:
Anyone dealing with any issues microneedling is known to improve and is safe for, and who doesn’t fall in the category of any of the contraindications listed below.
Contraindications for the treatment are:
This list is not final. Consult your esthetician and GP if you have any conditions and let them assess whether you’re a candidate.
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The microneedling treatment can be, and often is, combined with some other treatments like PRP, or BB glow. There’s also a special type of microneedling called radiofrequency (RF) microneedling, which is done with a different device and in a slightly different way.
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Micro needling face or body isn’t really painful, since numbing is used to eliminate the pain.
Some areas might be more uncomfortable than others, though, depending on the thickness and the sensitivity of the skin. The pins that puncture the skin are very thin, but the longer they are, the more discomfort they may cause. If you feel actual pain at any moment, tell your esthetician and have them readjust the needle length.
Although a single session may give an improvement, the best results are achieved with 3-6 sessions, depending on the severity of the skin issue.
Collagen remodeling, which is what brings about the improvement in skin texture, is achieved over time and with several sessions. Most clients get a significant improvement within 3 sessions, but some cases require even more treatments.
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An average session lasts up to 30 minutes, but numbing may prolong it if it requires 30+ minutes.
You should avoid certain things before the treatment and between sessions to make sure your skin isn’t compromised:
*If you’re prone to cold sores, consult your GP and have them prescribe an antiviral med before the treatment to prevent a flare-up.
After each microneedling session, you’ll need to pay some special attention to the treated area to make sure it heals properly and comfortably, and to prevent infection:
It’s crucial you only use products that your esthetician green-lights. Harsh products could irritate the skin or affect its natural response.
Not really. You can go back to your day right away, as long as you don’t mind the redness.
The micro-injuries will close up within 7 days after each session, but to make sure the skin is totally healed, further sessions should be booked at least 3 weeks apart, ideally 4-6 weeks.
The skin will start turning red as soon as halfway through the session, and the healing process starts virtually right afterwards. Here’s what you can expect in the week after the procedure:
Your skin will be red for several hours after the procedure, and it will gradually fade to a pink, and finally subside. Redness is expected for about a day for the microneedling facial, but it can last up to 7 days on different areas of the body.
Some tenderness is expected in the hours after the procedure.
Most clients report their skin feels hot in the days after the procedure.
In the days after the treatment, your skin will feel tight and dry, much like a sunburn. You can relieve this discomfort with prescribed moisturizers.
You may notice some minor swelling in the treated area, but it should subside within a day or 2.
Minor bruising may emerge, but it will go away within 5-7 days.
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It’s important to understand that the effects of microneedling don’t happen overnight. Collagen remodeling takes time, and the best results are achieved within a few months and with several sessions.
That said, you will notice your skin looking bright and radiant a few days after the treatment. But different effects show up at different times. Skin tightening happens almost immediately.
Diminishing scars takes the most time. Some improvement will happen quite soon, but the final result takes patience.
This depends on what you want to achieve. Brightening, tightening and anti-aging effects can last anywhere from 4 months to a year, but can be maintained perpetually with additional sessions. Scalp microneedling also needs to be maintained.
Scar reduction can be permanent.
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Yes, as long as you’re a good candidate for it and it’s done right. You should never go to an uncertified, self-taught esthetician who doesn’t have all the credentials. An improper technique could damage the skin, so do your research and find a technician you can trust.
There are very few risks of microneedling, all of which can be prevented.
Your skin will go through several stages in the days after the treatment. They come down to the points described in the section Microneedling Healing above, but they are all normal responses and are no cause for concern.
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Just like it’s the case with any treatment, the microneedling price varies from one salon to another. The price depends on the area treated, location, exclusivity of the salon, whether microneedling is combined with other treatments or not, etc.
It also depends on the number of sessions you get. Estheticians either charge per treatment, or they offer package deals.
The average price of a single microneedling session is around $200, but it can vary from $100, to as much as $350 per session.
Microneedling at home is possible, but the results are limited.
At-home microneedling is done with derma rollers you can get over the counter, but tools approved for at-home use have shorter needles, to prevent damage to the skin. Since you’re not trained, you can’t use professional equipment because you risk overworking the skin and causing potentially permanent damage.
Store-bough derma rollers don’t reach the dermis layer of the skin. They only pierce the dermis. So you will get some improvement, but not as much as a professional service can give you.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is an efficient way to treat a wide range of skin issues, from the effect of aging, to scars on the face and body, and even thinning hair. The treatment implies skin needling to trigger the skin’s natural healing through collagen remodeling. It’s a minimally invasive, quite safe treatment (if done right), but it takes several sessions and a few months to give the best results.
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