Does scars, wrinkles, or stretch mark keep you up at night?
Are you looking for a way to get healthy, glowy skin?
While we should embrace aging and the natural changes it brings to our bodies, if you are looking for a way to get supple, scar-free skin, then you should opt for micro-needling treatment.
Micro-needling has a wide range of benefits and it has gained significant traction, courtesy of the new age of technology and social media channels. We see prominent influencers telling about this revolutionary treatment and its ability to improve the appearance of scars, boost collagen and promote hair growth. You might have come across one of the most popular and cost-effective equipment- the derma roller, which has become a staple for in-house micro-needling treatment.
In this blog, we are going to discuss the benefits of micro-needling in detail. But before that, let us discuss the basics, shall we?
So, what is micro-needling?
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure wherein board-certified healthcare professionals utilize sterilized, thin needles to make tiny holes in the top layer of the skin. This results in punctures on the skin which are only surface-level deep. This damage stimulates the skin healing process, resulting in the production of more collagen and elastin, which gives the skin a more plump and youthful appearance. It is being widely used to address and treat various skin conditions like enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, skin pigmentation, alopecia, and rosacea.
Wondering what exactly happens in a micro-bleeding treatment that enhances the appearance of the skin resulting in a youthful glow?
Well, micro-needling increases the production of collagen and other skin-healing factors which are triggered by the trauma caused to the skin. Collagen is a protein that the body produces which is responsible for keeping the skin firm, and smooth and giving it a youthful radiance. But as we grow older, the production of collagen declines resulting in stretch marks, acne scars, and other skin-related issues. By puncturing the skin with small, sterilized stainless steel needles, micro-needling boosts collagen production that improves the skin, making it look and feel younger.
Micro-needling treatment can be done at home as well as under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare professional, preferably a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. There is no doubt that the in-home micro-needling session is safe, but if you want the treatment to be more effective and get significant results through transformation, we would recommend that you get it done by professionals. They offer a skin rejuvenation treatment wherein they take the process one step ahead by adding platelet-rich plasma which increases the natural radiance of the skin and makes it more firm. Furthermore, not everyone is a good candidate for micro-bleeding, which can only be determined by a doctor. Generally, we advise people with the following to not undergo micro-bleeding:
If you are taking any medications for acne
If you have any blood-related disorders or are taking anticoagulants
If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
If you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
If you have moles freckles or any suspicious growth that is increasing in size, or shape.
If you are prone to skin rashes or cold sores.
What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling?
Now that we know what micro-needling is, let us talk about all the significant benefits of micro-needing treatment which makes this process a favorite amongst influencers and celebrities.
- Minimizes Acne Scarring:
Acne and the lesions formed due to it, tend to leave indented scars and hyperpigmentation. One of the major micro-needling benefits for the face includes filling up these areas as the needle breaks down the scar tissue and encourages it to rebuild. This stimulates collagen and elastin production which helps in diminishing the scars and hyperpigmentation. This procedure works best for people with flat scarring. It is important to note that people with severe active acne or acne infections should avoid getting micro-needling, as this might result in the spread of the infections.
- Reduces Signs of Aging:
Some of the common signs of aging are wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. The production of collagen is responsible for holding the structure of the skin, preventing it from sagging, making the skin smooth and stretchy, and giving it a more youthful glow. Since micro-needling activates collagen production, it is a wonderful way to reduce the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Micro-needling treatment results in tiny wounds which prompt the healing process. The gaps left by fine lines and wrinkles are then filled by the collagen produced by the body. Furthermore, micro-needling also boosts the production of elastin which makes the skin flexible, gives it a bounce, and allows it to go back to its original shape after being stretched. Every micro-needling session delays the development of signs of aging and gives your skin a healthy glow.
- Increases Radiance:
There are many reasons why our skin tends to look dull as we age. It could be due to environmental aggressors, dehydration, or poor circulation. But one of the most common causes of dull skin is the build-up of dead cells on the surface of the skin. Another micro-needling benefit for the face is that it promotes a healthier radiant complexion and gives it a more natural glow. Since it makes the skin thicker and gives it luminosity, micro-needling is being hailed as a game changer for those looking to combat dull complexion and get smoother skin.
- Improves Skin Texture:
There are many factors that result in uneven skin texture like scars, bumps, acne, inflammation, tiredness from irritation, patches, and dry skin. Furthermore, as we age there is a steep decline in the production of collagen and elastin in the body- the proteins responsible for making our skin look and feel young. Micro-needling addresses these concerns by targeting collagen and elastin resulting in visibly smoother and softer skin.
- Can Boost the Impact of Skincare Products:
Since micro-needling pricks the skin and creates tiny punctures on it, this results in skin care products getting absorbed on a deeper level. This thus improves the effectiveness of the topical products. But it is important to be careful of which products you use on the skin post a micro-needling treatment. We recommend staying away from retinol or hydroxy-based products as they can irritate the skin and cause infection. It is best to seek the advice of a doctor on which products to use post a micro-needling treatment.
- Reduces The Appearance Of Stretch Marks:
Stretch marks can be caused due to a number of reasons and as the name suggests it is the stretched skin that is often the result of a surge in certain hormones that weakens the skin fibers. Stretch marks are believed to disrupt natural collagen production. Micro-needling treatment not only restores the lost collagen but the overproduction of elastin and collagen helps in the healing of the damaged connective tissue in the dermis which is responsible for creating those stretch marks.
- Relieves Hyperpigmentation and Discoloration:
Hyperpigmentation and discoloration can be caused due to lots of reasons like wounds, inflammation, sun damage, and more. They are mainly results of scarring and irritation and micro-needling targets the same. By promoting the production of collagen, micro-needling helps renew the skin cells, thus giving you an even skin tone. The ability of collagen to repair and restore the skin results in lightning and reversing the damage done by hyperpigmentation.
- Minimizes Sun Damage:
Too much exposure to the sun can damage the skin resulting in hyperpigmentation, age spots, and blotchy skin. The UVA, which accounts for the major UV radiations that we experience can cause premature skin aging. Since micro-needling stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin, it can reduce the appearance of sun damage, reinvigorating the skin and making it even. However, we recommend against going through the micro-needling procedure if you have sunburnt skin which is inflamed, irritated, or sensitive as it may aggravate the impact of sunburn.
- Shrink The Pores:
While mostly genetics and hormones are responsible for the size of the pores, they can appear to be prominent due to too much sun exposure. Furthermore, open pores are prone to get clogged due to excess oil, dead skin, or dirt. You might that that since micro-needling involves punching holes in the skin, it might increase the pore size, but it is the actual opposite of that. Since micro-needling boosts collagen production, it stimulates the collagen in the area around the pores, which makes the enlarged pores appear smaller in size. Furthermore, micro-needling also targets the source of blackheads and removes them. Since micro-needling makes the pores smaller, it also prevents the formation of blackheads for a long time.
Microneedling is a safe and effective way to promote the production of collagen and elastin and get healthy, glowing, and younger-looking skin. We hope we were able to help you know and understand the different benefits of micro-needling. If there is anything more you’d like for us to cover, drop your suggestions in the comment section below.