What is Microneedling?

What is Microneedling?
4
March
2019
Skin

Anti-aging and scar-reduction treatments are hot topics in the beauty world so it’s no surprise that microneedling is an increasingly common cosmetic procedure.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling—also known as collagen induction therapy—is a minimally-invasive treatment, typically performed by a dermatologist in a professional setting. A needle roller or pen is used to create small holes in your skin; the longer the needles, the more layers of skin are penetrated. These holes are micro-injuries that your body must repair and it’s this repair session that encourages your body to boost collagen production in the affected areas. Collagen is a protein that promotes smooth skin and, unfortunately, we produce less of it as we grow older.

Risks of microneedling include:

  • Infection or scarring
  • Pain during and after the treatment
  • Skin redness and/or discolouration (usually temporary)

Benefits of microneedling include:

  • Increased collagen production
  • Diminished appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles
  • Increased moisturizer absorption

It typically takes several treatments for results to appear, and each treatment can cost a few hundred dollars, which adds up quickly. Because of the cost, you may wonder if you can do this procedure outside of the dermatologist’s office—yes, you can.

What is a derma roller?

A derma roller is a roller that pokes tiny holes in your skin which is the at-home version of microneedling. These rollers—made for personal use—typically have shorter needles than the ones dermatologists use which means they treat the upper layer of your skin only. Critics suggest this superficial reach isn’t as effective as professional treatment while fans say it simply means more treatments are necessary to see results.

Since the derma roller creates tiny holes in your skin, it’s especially important to practice good hygiene and sterilize this device after each use.

Alternatives to microneedling and derma rollers

If spending a lot of money to have someone stick needles in your face or poking holes in your own face isn’t a beauty ritual you’d like to experience, don’t worry. There are less invasive options for promoting healthy skin!

Four needle-free beauty rituals for radiant skin:

  1. Microdermabrasion
  2. At-home exfoliation
  3. Spa facials
  4. Active peels

Deciding which skincare trends are right for you isn’t always easy but you’re not alone.

We’re here to help you navigate beauty trends so you can look and feel your best. If you’d like to experience a needle-free skincare treatment that comes with the spa experience, give us a call to book a Brightening Facial or an Active Peel.

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