Microneedling sometimes called dermarollingis typically performed in a series of four to six sessions, spaced about a month apart.
The needles are inserted deeper at each subsequent session, as the skin becomes thicker and can tolerate it.
During the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied and then a pen like tool called a derma roller is used to insert tiny stainless steel needles into the skin to cause microinjuries or punctures. The idea is that the damage caused by the needles encourages your body to send healing agents (elastin and collagen) to the cuts to repair them.
By making tiny columns of trauma in the dermis, the body is forced to make new collagen to fill them in and heal them. This new collagen makes skin look and feel slicker, tighter, and more youthful.Because the sun breaks down collagen, and our skin naturally makes less collagen as we age, any intervention that encourages increased collagen synthesis can make skin look and act younger.
After the procedure, a collagen enhancing serum is applied.
If you have sensitive skin, you must be very careful when applying any topical serums or products with active ingredients after the treatment. Your skin will become more sensitized after the treatment because it is already inflamed. Also, by making tiny channels in the skin, it allows product to get deeper into the skin, which can be more irritating.
Some clinics use hylaronic acid on top of microneedleing. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints.
As with any minimally invasive procedure, the best results come to those patients who use microneedling as a part of a larger skin care and skin anti-aging regimen.
There is also a lot of interest in using hyaluronic acid to prevent the effects of aging. In fact, hyaluronic acid has been promoted as a “fountain of youth.”
What Are the Risks?
Microneedling can cost a quarter of the price of getting multiple laser treatments, depending on the skill level of the practitioner.
It also tends to be a comfortable procedure with low risk and short recovery. the risks involved with receiving microneedling are lower than many other skin treatments, such as chemical peels or light/laser therapies. The procedure is more effective than more aggressive treatments for acne scarring. However, like any procedure, microneedling can cause possible complications, including bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, and pigment problems.