Microneedling has emerged as a popular cosmetic treatment around the world. This is due in part to a large number of celebrities and influencers who tout it as one of the best ways to get smoother, clearer, and younger-looking skin.
But social media posts don’t give you all of the information you need to know when it comes to microneedling. As a result, there are still a lot of misconceptions about this skin rejuvenation treatment. Keep reading to learn what exactly microneedling is and what it can do for you.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that kick-starts the body’s natural regenerative process.
Before treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area being treated. Then, a microneedling device is carefully glided across your face. As it moves, dozens of tiny sterilized needles prick your skin, penetrating the outer layers of skin and causing many micro-injuries.
These tiny injuries improve blood circulation to your face and force your body to start its natural healing process. As it heals, the fresh skin cells your body produces leave your skin looking better than before.
At ALC Medspa in Gurnee, IL, our medical providers personalize microneedling treatments to meet your personal needs and achieve skin rejuvenation on every level.
7 Impressive Benefits of Microneedling
You can expect the following benefits when you come in for microneedling treatment sessions at ALC Medspa:
1. It Can Be Used to Address Many Cosmetic Concerns
Unlike some treatments that only address one skin issue, microneedling can address several cosmetic concerns. This means that if you have multiple facial cosmetic concerns, you may be able to address them all with the same procedure.
Some common cosmetic concerns that microneedling can treat include the following:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Sun-damaged spots
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture
- Areas with hyperpigmentation
- Poor skin laxity
- Uneven skin tone
Microneedling is extremely versatile and recommended for all skin tones.
2. Increases Collagen Production
Collagen is what helps your skin keep its volume, shape, and proper hydration by providing structural support to the underlying connective tissue. But as you age, collagen production slows down, and the amount of collagen in your skin decreases.
However, when your body is alerted that skin needs to be repaired, it begins to produce higher levels of collagen to repair the wound. Since microneedling produces thousands of tiny wounds, your body’s collagen production drastically ramps up to compensate.
As the collagen repairs the tiny micro-injuries, it also helps repair the preexisting damage, whether it be acne scarring, hyperpigmented spots, or fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Encourages Cellular Turnover
Your skin cells naturally die and slough off over time. Microneedling just speeds up the process by forcing your body to create new, healthy skin cells. As the outermost layers slough off, the fresh, revitalized layer of skin underneath can come out to shine.
4. Short Treatment Sessions
Microneedling sessions at ALC Medspa typically take just 10 to 20 minutes to complete. This makes it easy to get in and out of our office with only a minor disturbance to your regular schedule. Microneedling’s conveniently short treatment time is especially helpful when multiple treatment sessions are necessary.
5. Gradual Results Provide Constant Progress
Microneedling does not provide instant results. Instead, it provides a steady stream of results over the course of three to four weeks after treatment. Although it requires patience, it feels great to see the progression and creates very natural-looking results.
It’s important to remember that it can take up to six months to see the full results of microneedling after you complete your treatment regimen.
6. Recommended for People of All Ages
Microneedling is not restricted to adults in a certain age range. Since it can be used to address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, microneedling is beneficial at every stage of your adult life.
Typically, older people use microneedling to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whereas younger patients tend to use microneedling for acne scarring and overall dullness.
At ALC Medspa, your treatment will focus on whatever concerns you want to address, regardless of your age.
7. There’s Only Minimal Aftercare
Some cosmetic treatments come with very strict aftercare and long downtimes. But microneedling lets you get back to your daily routine almost immediately with only a few simple aftercare instructions to follow.
After your skin rejuvenation treatment, you should refrain from applying makeup for at least 24 hours and avoid hot water, steam, direct sunlight, and anything else that may damage your vulnerable skin. You should also apply a strong SPF sunscreen before going out to protect your new, healthy skin cells for the first few weeks after treatment.
How Many Treatment Sessions Are Necessary?
On average, people require six to eight treatment sessions to see significant results that they’re satisfied with. However, this number can change significantly based on several factors, including the following:
- What skin condition you’re hoping to treat
- The severity of the condition
- How well your body responds to treatment
Sessions are usually scheduled four to eight weeks apart to give your skin adequate time to heal.
Find Out Whether You’re a Good Candidate
Most people make good candidates for microneedling treatments, but we still need to review your medical history and ensure there are no contraindications. At ALC Medspa in Gurnee, IL, our team is eager to help you get started.
Give us a call today to learn more about our skin rejuvenation services and to get your journey started with a consultation.