Needles on my face?! That makes me think of The Joker in Suicide Squad. Yikes.
Why do women subject themselves to something so terrifying? Let’s solve the mystery of Microneedling like Nick and Warrick on CSI, Agent J in MIB, Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible, Officer Tom Hansen on 21 Jump Street, Angel on, well, Angel, and Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity and…Ladies, we digress (wink, wink).
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment (oh, thank goodness) that transforms the look and feel of damaged skin to smoother, healthier-looking skin. It involves a small device that penetrates the skin, creating controlled micro-dermal injuries, which in turn triggers the body’s natural healing response. This stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin which in turn fills these imperfections, thus improving skin texture and firmness.
What does it do?
It improves skin texture and firmness, reduces the appearance of acne and acne scarring, minor scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. It can be used on all skin types and almost anywhere on the body, even around the eyes and interestingly enough, promotes hair growth when applied to the scalp, which we also offer at Escape Day Spa.
Does it hurt?
While everyone responds slightly differently, microneedling is generally regarded as a low-to-no discomfort procedure (phew). Before the needling begins, a topical numbing cream is applied, and the needles themselves only range in length from 0.5 to 2.5 mm.
What about recovery?
The procedure is immediately followed by the application of soothing serums and other targeted skin care treatments that have been specially formulated for “damaged” skin. Because of the tiny channels the needling produces, serums are able to absorb much more effectively into the skin. Patients usually see a little redness as their skin fully heals and might experience slight sensitivity, especially to bright sunlight, so make sure you wear sunscreen to protect your newly sensitive skin. Patients are encouraged to resume all normal activities immediately following the treatment.
How is it different from other skin resurfacing treatments?
The main difference between microneedling and skin resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion, laser and chemical peels is that it does not actually remove any skin during treatment. Instead of the heavy exfoliation that you get with many other treatments, microneedling works on the principle of encouraging the skin to heal itself by stimulating collagen and elastin production. Not only is it considered a safer, more gentle option, it’s also thought to be a much more effective option and takes fewer sessions than microdermabrasion and chemical peels to achieve the same types of results. Yay!
What did we learn?
Microneedling isn’t so scary after all. So relax. You can replace that image of The Joker with that of Jennifer Aniston and her flawless skin. Sigh. Ready to give it a whirl? Contact us to schedule your appointment.
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