Why is Microneedling the Hottest New Aesthetic Procedure?

Microneedling is a hot new trend, popular with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. That’s because it’s minimally invasive yet works wonders in improving skin tone and texture by increasing cell turnover and reversing the signs of aging.

Microneedling involves the aesthetician using a “pen” equipped with tiny needles to create microscopic punctures in your top layer of skin. Your body responds to these “injuries” by creating new collagen and elastin – the compounds that give you skin smoothness, elasticity, and firmness. Find out why women are flocking to have this procedure performed, and celebrating their results.

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

In just a few sessions, microneedling significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles. It uses the body’s own healing abilities to create dramatic change in the skin. Because it stimulates elastin, microneedling can also help tighten loose skin that occurs with aging.

Reverses sun damage and pigmentation

The collagen stimulation that occurs with microneedling can help reverse damage your skin has experienced due to sun exposure. It can also improve the blotchy, brownish look of melasma. Just a few sessions create a clearer, more glowing complexion.

Shrinks your pores

You might think making tiny punctures in your skin creates the illusion of larger pores, but microneedling does just the opposite. When the needles stimulate collagen around your pores, they plump and actually appear smaller – sometimes even closed.

Good for all skin types

Microneedling is appropriate for all skin colors and types. It works on darker skin, which sometimes doesn’t do well with laser resurfacing.

Microneedling can also be personalized, effectively addressing areas where skin damage requires a little more attention. In addition to improving overall skin texture, it can reduce the appearance of scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

It’s minimally invasive

Yes, microneedling involves poking holes in your skin, but they’re super tiny – needles range from 0.5 to 3 millimeters in diameter. Prior to the procedure, you’re given a topical anesthetic to ease the sensations of the needles. You get great results with minimal discomfort and no real down time. You may experience some redness immediately after treatment, but it usually subsides within 24 hours.

It’s effective all over

Microneedling treatments aren’t reserved for the face only. You can have microneedling done almost anywhere that needs some repair of acne scars, stretch marks, or discoloration. Discuss the possibility of having microneedling done on the back, chest, or buttocks.

Safer than lasers

Microneedling offers the same positive effects as laser treatments, without the potential of burning the skin. Unlike with laser resurfacing, microneedling leaves the protective epidermis intact, which reduces the risk of infection and scarring.

Microneedling is also easier for the patient and less expensive. It may take a few more sessions to get the same results, however.

Improves delivery of serums and creams

Only about 4-8% of your skin products actually penetrate your skin. Microneedling intensifies the effectiveness of any creams, serums, or other rejuvenating products you apply to the skin. The micro wounds produced by the needles act like channels that allow these formulas to deliver deep into several layers – enhancing their effects.

Author
Dr. Alice Mckee Dr. McKee grew up in Leland, Mississippi, before attending both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Barnard College of Columbia in New York City, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Before beginning medical school, she worked at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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