What Is Micro-Needling? A Quick Introductory Guide

When you are someone who has acne scarring, or you are developing wrinkles that are no longer responding to anti-wrinkle creams, you will likely be looking for an effective option that is fast, affordable, and comfortable. 

If you have been researching ways to treat these issues long-term, you may have come across micro needling. However, if you haven’t, read on to learn a bit more about micro-needling and the process that surrounds it.

What Is Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device that has tiny needles on the end of it to create tiny punctures in the skin. The idea behind the procedure is that the skin will respond to the injuries by producing collagen and elastin. These can improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and other types of skin damage. The procedure is usually done by a licensed dermatologist and can be performed at spas, too, like the dermani MEDSPA.  

Is It Safe for Everyone?

Micro-needling is generally considered safe for most people, although it may not be suitable for everyone. Some people who may not be good candidates for the procedure include those with the following:

  • Active acne or eczema
  • Keloid or raised scars
  • Open wounds or sores
  • A history of keloid scarring
  • A history of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Sunburn or excessive sun exposure
  • A history of blood-clotting disorders
  • A history of poor wound healing

Individuals with sensitive skin or who are taking blood-thinning medications should also be cautious when considering micro-needling. 

Potential Discomfort

Micro-needling can cause some discomfort during the procedure. The sensation is often described as a mild to moderate scratching or pricking feeling. A numbing cream can be applied to the skin before the procedure to reduce discomfort.

After the procedure, the skin may be red and slightly swollen for a few hours to a few days, depending on the individual and the level of treatment. Some people may also experience mild itching or dryness. These side effects are typically temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, cool compresses, and moisturizers.

It’s important to keep in mind that most people’s pain tolerance is different, and some people may experience more discomfort than others. 

The Length of the Treatment

The length of a micro-needling session can vary depending on the size of the area being treated and the specific device being used. In general, a full-face treatment can take around 30-45 minutes.

Smaller areas, like the under-eye or around the lips, can take as little as 15 minutes. However, if a larger area like the chest or the back is being treated, it may take up to an hour or more.

It’s important to note that multiple sessions may be needed to achieve desired results. The number of sessions will depend on the individual and the condition of the skin. The spacing between the sessions is also crucial. Typically, it is recommended to wait 4-6 weeks between each session.

How Long Do The Effects Last?

The effects of micro-needling can last for several months, but they can also vary depending on the individual and the condition of the skin. The procedure stimulates collagen production, which is a key component in skin rejuvenation, so the effects can be long-lasting. However, it’s important to note that the procedure does not stop the aging process, so the effects may not be permanent.