Your Guide to Microneedling for Better Skin
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
Humans have developed all sorts of ways to keep the skin looking vibrant and youthful. Dermal rolling is one of many techniques. This method of collagen-induction is not as new as you may imagine. In fact, many people perform weekly treatments at home using a sterilized derma-roller. This contraption may sound primitive and not-so-friendly. In fact, this small roller with dozens of microneedles can do quite a lot for the skin. The thing is, there is dermal rolling, and then there is microneedling in the office if your trusted Westerville dermatologist.
Microneedling is another term for dermal rolling, but it must also be understood that the technique is quite a bit different, as well. When you dermal roll at home using a handheld mechanical device, the process involves rolling the microneedles across the cleansed skin. Ouch. In the office, microneedling is mechanized to improve efficacy and comfort.
Patients of Westerville Dermatology undergo microneedling treatment in the most comfortable manner. Topical numbing medication may be applied to the skin 20 minutes before treatment. During the procedure itself, the handheld “pen” is passed over the skin, allowing the 9 tiny needles to create microchannels through the surface.
Through microneedling, we can address some dermatologic and cosmetic concerns, including:
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne scars and other scarring
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity and looseness
- Large pore size
- Spider veins and broken capillaries
- Dullness and rough texture
How it Works
Why would a person want to have tiny wounds made on the surface of their skin? Because this “micro-wounding” incites a healing response. For the skin to heal, excess collagen must be produced, and collagen is also what keeps the skin firm and resilient. After a microneedling session, the body will spend approximately 14 days producing more collagen. This means microneedling treatments may be spaced two to four weeks apart if there is a desire to repeat treatment.
There are several advantages to microneedling over other, more aggressive treatments such as laser skin resurfacing. The “downtime” needed after microneedling is very short. The skin may appear red for a few hours, but little, if any, swelling typically occurs. One of the most crucial aspects of recovery is skincare. Patients are advised to avoid tanning beds and sun exposure and to cleanse and moisturize with nourishing ingredients.
Would you like a reboot for your skin through microneedling? Contact us at 614-895-0400.
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