Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device with fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. The idea behind the procedure is that the punctures stimulate collagen production and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Some people may experience mild discomfort or pain during the procedure, but it is generally considered to be well-tolerated.
Pain tolerance varies among individuals, some people may experience a slight discomfort or a mild pain, while others may not feel anything at all. This can depend on the needle size and the area that is being treated. A numbing cream or an anesthetic can be applied to the skin before the procedure to minimize discomfort.
It’s always recommended to consult with a licensed medical professional before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that has a number of potential benefits for the skin. Some of the most commonly reported benefits include:
- Improved skin texture: Microneedling can help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of acne scars and other types of scarring.
- Increased collagen production: The tiny punctures created by the needles during the procedure stimulate collagen production, which can help to firm and plump the skin.
- Improved skin tone: Microneedling can help to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other discoloration.
- Improved absorption of skincare products: The small punctures created by the needles allow skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin, which can help to boost their effectiveness.
- Reduced pore size: The procedure can help to shrink the appearance of large pores, which can give the skin a smoother and more youthful appearance.
It’s worth noting that the benefits of microneedling can vary among individuals and depend on the number of sessions, and the needle size used.
Microneedling is a relatively safe and well-tolerated cosmetic procedure, but it does have some potential disadvantages to consider. Some of the most common disadvantages include:
- Pain or discomfort: Some people may experience mild discomfort or pain during the procedure, although this can usually be minimized with the use of a numbing cream or anesthetic.
- Risk of infection: As the needles puncture the skin, there is a small risk of infection. It is important to ensure that the needles are sterile, and the skin is cleaned thoroughly before and after the procedure.
- Redness and swelling: The skin may be red and swollen for a few days after the procedure, although this is typically mild and should resolve on its own.
- Risk of hyperpigmentation: In rare cases, microneedling may cause hyperpigmentation, which is an increase in the skin’s melanin production resulting in dark spots on the skin. This is more likely to occur in people with darker skin tones.
- Risk of scarring: In rare cases, microneedling can cause scarring, but this is more likely to occur if the procedure is not performed correctly or if the person has a history of keloid scarring.
What happens after first session of microneedling?
After a first session of microneedling, the skin may be red and swollen for a few days. It is normal to experience some mild discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. It’s also common to experience some minor bleeding or bruising, which should resolve on its own within a few days. The skin may also feel tight and dry for a few days, it’s recommend to use a moisturizer.
It’s important to avoid sun exposure, saunas, steam rooms, and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure, as these activities can increase the risk of infection and irritation. It’s also important to avoid using any exfoliating or harsh skin care products, as well as avoid using makeup for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by the practitioner, as the healing process can vary among individuals. It’s also important to note that multiple sessions are typically needed to achieve the desired results and the practitioner will give you a schedule of your next sessions.