Benefits of at-Home Micro-Needling

Benefits of at-Home Micro-Needling

1 . Rejuvenates, enhances, and stimulates collagen production.  Which is basically the key to firmer skin!  It does this by creating micro-channels that allow serums and creams to penetrate deeper into your skin rather than just sit on top of it.  This also allows the products you already own to work better and be more effective.

2 . Increases absorption of skincare products used after micro-needling because it enhances the skin’s ability to absorb the product.

3 . Minimizes stretch marks and wrinkles.  Micro-needling (similarly to lasers) stimulates your skin’s production and growth of new and healthy skin cells, this reduces the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles by building healthy, fresh skin.

4 . Perfects the surface of your skin.  Micro-needling allows serums and creams to penetrate deeper into your skin and more closely mimic the skin’s natural functions (like collagen production).  The treatments can be done on almost anyone because all skin types are capable of producing new skin cells.

5 . Diminishes the appearance of scars.  Micro-needling will stimulate collagen production in your body, which essentially heals old scar tissue and also gives it a firmer grip on your skin so it doesn’t “rise” to the surface by being stretched or pulled on (such as during weight gain or loss).

6 . Heals sun damage.  Micro-needling encourages your skin to heal itself, which means targeting issues like hyper-pigmentation and in turn reducing the appearance of sun damage and age spots.

7 . Treats acne and dark spots.  Micro-needling can help treat acne scars because it reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring, while also encouraging collagen production.  Micro-needling helps reduce acne by exposing pores to salicylic acid, which increases cell turnover rates and removes dead skin and oil build-up that contributes to breakouts.

8 . Increases absorption of serums and creams.  Micro-needling enhances the skin’s ability to absorb products.  This is due to creating micro-channels that will allow your serums and creams to penetrate deeper into your skin rather than just sit on top of it.

9 . Decreases pore size.  Micro-needling can help reduce acne scarring as well as pore size.  As mentioned above it helps reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring, which also means a reduction in pore size.

10 . Works on all skin types.  Micro-needling can be done on all different types of skin including sensitive and acne-prone because there is no cutting and all products used work to enhance the skin, not harm it.

11 . Perfects texture and tightness of the skin.  Micro-needling works on the surface to create smooth and even areas in your skin so you get an immediate improvement of the appearance of your skin.

12 . Treats stretch marks.  As mentioned above, micro-needling stimulates collagen production in your body which is what reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

13 . Treats scarring.  Micro-needling helps treat acne scars because it reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring, while also encouraging collagen production.  Micro-needling works to reduce scarring by exposing pores to the proper skincare products (like salicylic acid) that will work to break down scar tissue.

14 . Treats photo-damaged skin.  Micro-needling is one of the newest treatments for treating damage done to your skin by the sun, such as hyperpigmentation, age spots, and skin discoloration.  Additionally, micro-needling can help condition photo-damaged skin by encouraging the production of collagen which firms your skin and reduces fine lines.

15 . Increases blood circulation in the body.  Micro-needling is a treatment that encourages increased blood circulation to all areas of your body including your skin.  This means a boost in collagen production and the creation of new skin cells which increases skin elasticity, firmness, tone, and smoothness.

16 . Stimulates your body to produce more hyaluronic acid (moisturizing).  Your body naturally produces less hyaluronic acid as you age, which is what causes your skin to dry out.  Micro-needling encourages the production of collagen and elastin, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles while also increasing moisture in the skin (because of the increase in hyaluronic acid).

17 . Increases absorption of products.  As mentioned above, micro-needling enhances the skin’s ability to absorb products.  This is due to creating micro-channels that will allow your serums and creams to penetrate deeper into your skin rather than just sit on top of it.

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18 . Decreases appearance of cellulite.  Micro-needling can help decrease the appearance of cellulite because it helps reduce the appearance of scarring that cellulite causes.  Additionally, increased blood circulation to the area will help break down fatty deposits beneath your skin’s surface which can also help improve cellulite.

19 . Increases absorption of sunscreen. Micro-needling increases your body’s ability to absorb products because it creates micro-channels in your skin through which ingredients can be absorbed.  This is perfect because it means your sunscreen will be able to absorb better and won’t rub off as quickly.

20 . Decreases pore size, photodamage, age spots, etc. Micro-needling helps reduce all of these things by encouraging collagen production in the body which traps moisture in your skin and helps the collagen of your body firm up.

Microneedling at home vs professional:-

The process is performed at home with a pen-like tool that has tiny needles on the end.  This can be done in conjunction with your daily skincare routine or before you apply makeup.  You need to make sure you are using an anti-aging serum or cream prior to microneedling because it helps increase the absorption of your skincare ingredients.

The first thing you need to do is clean your face with a gentle cleanser.  You then need to dry your face and apply an oil-free moisturizer or anti-aging cream.  After this, make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen if you are not indoors for extended periods of time.

The second option would be to visit a clinic for microneedling.  This can be expensive, depending on where you live.  At these clinics, they will use medical-grade Microneedling devices that are sterilized after each use.  A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the procedure for comfort.  This process is done in a doctor’s office and you will need to sign a consent form before treatment.

The pen-like tool used at home has 200 tiny needles on the tip, while medical-grade tools have longer needles that reach deeper into the skin which makes them more effective.

Cost of microneedling:

The price of the microneedling tool at home will depend on where you get it.  You can buy them online or in most skincare stores.  When you use this procedure, you are expected to experience collagen production which means your skin will continue to improve for up to 6 months after one treatment.

On average, you can expect to pay $100-300 for this tool, but other tools may not be as effective.  You will want to be sure that the device has 200 tiny pins and also has a two-speed control option.

Medical microneedling cost:

about $400-$600 per treatment (1 treatment annually)

Side effects of microneedling:

The main side effect is redness for 1-2 days.  You should also avoid exposure to the sun, tanning beds, and certain self-tanners because exposure can cause your skin to darken. The other potential risk is that the needle may not penetrate completely into your skin which can cause pain, scarring, or hyperpigmentation.

Side effects of professional microneedling:

The side effects are similar to home use with the exception that you may experience bleeding and longer-term skin discoloration.  There is also an increased risk for infection if the equipment is not sterilized properly.

What to expect after microneedling:

The initial redness should fade within 24 hours.  You can expect long-term effects that will last for around 6 months with home use and up to 18 months with professional use.  Your skin will become tighter, look more radiant, and wrinkles will be less noticeable.

how often do microneedling:

Dr. Schultz recommends doing this treatment once or twice a year.  You should also wait at least three weeks between treatments to ensure no infection occurs after each session.

As long as you follow the safety guidelines and use products with sunscreen, it is safe to treat; pregnant women and those on medication that increase your sensitivity to sunlight should avoid it.

How long does microneedling last:

The initial collagen production will last up to 6 months, with additional collagen growth for an additional 6 months.

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