What are the common myths about Microneedling?
Microneedling is famous and in demand in the community, and because of this, there are several common myths and misconceptions about it that need to be addressed:
- Microneedling is painful: Microneedling is generally well-tolerated, and many patients describe the sensation as mild discomfort or a tingling feeling. Topical numbing creams are often applied before the procedure to minimize any discomfort. The depth and aggressiveness of the treatment can be adjusted to suit individual pain thresholds.
- Microneedling is only for facial skin: While microneedling is commonly used on the face, it can also be performed on other areas of the body, such as the neck, chest, hands, and even areas with stretch marks or scars.
- Microneedling can be done at home with DIY devices: While microneedling devices are available for home use, professional microneedling treatments are generally considered safer and more effective. DIY microneedling carries a higher risk of infection and scarring if not done correctly.
- Microneedling is a one-time treatment: Microneedling often requires a series of sessions with weeks of intervals for optimal results. The number of sessions needed depends on the specific skin concern being addressed.
- Microneedling is for all skin types and conditions: Microneedling may not be ideal for everyone. People with certain skin conditions, such as active acne, eczema, or psoriasis, may not be good candidates.
- Microneedling results are immediate: While some skin texture and tone improvement may be visible shortly after the procedure, the full benefits of microneedling typically take several weeks to months to become apparent as the skin undergoes the natural healing and collagen production process.
- Microneedling is a risk-free procedure: While microneedling is safe when performed by a trained professional, there are potential risks and side effects, such as infection, scarring, and temporary skin redness or swelling. Choosing a reputable and experienced practitioner and following post-procedure care instructions is crucial.
- Microneedling is a one-size-fits-all solution: Microneedling can be tailored to address specific skin concerns. The depth of the needles and the choice of additional treatments or serums can be adjusted to target issues like acne scars, fine lines, or hyperpigmentation effectively.
- Microneedling is suitable for everyone regardless of age: While microneedling can benefit individuals of various ages, it may be ideal for those dealing with specific skin concerns like aging signs, scarring, or uneven skin texture. The appropriateness of the procedure should be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Microneedling with MicroPen EVO
MicroPen EVO is a fail-proof sterilized medical-grade device designed to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin production, ultimately improving skin texture, tone, and the appearance of various skin concerns.
Does Microneedling hurt?
The level of discomfort or pain experienced during microneedling can vary from patient to patient and may depend on several factors, including your pain tolerance, the specific microneedling device used, and the depth of needle penetration chosen by your healthcare professional. Firstly, your professional can apply a topical numbing cream. Most microneedling procedures begin with topical numbing cream to the treatment area. This cream contains anesthetic agents that help numb the skin, making the process more comfortable. Numbing cream is typically left on for about 20 to 30 minutes before the microneedling begins. During the microneedling procedure, you may feel a tingling or pricking sensation as the fine needles in the device penetrate the skin. Some people describe it as a mild discomfort, while others may find it slightly more uncomfortable.
However, individual pain tolerance varies, so what one person considers mildly uncomfortable, another may find painful. Microneedling is still generally well-tolerated by most individuals. The healthcare professional can adjust the depth when needles penetrate the skin. Deeper needle penetration may be more uncomfortable than shallower depths, but it can produce more dramatic results for specific skin concerns.
After the procedure, you may experience some redness and mild swelling, similar to a sunburn. This discomfort typically subsides within a day or two. If you find the procedure uncomfortable, you can communicate with your provider, and they can adjust settings or take steps to make you more comfortable during the session. While microneedling may involve some discomfort, the pain is generally manageable and short-lived.
What can Microneedling achieve?
Microneedling is a versatile cosmetic procedure that can achieve various benefits and improvements for the skin. It addresses many common skin concerns and can be customized to suit individual needs. From improved skin texture to even skin tone and minimized pores, microneedling has got you covered!
Microneedling can help smooth out rough skin texture, making it appear softer and more refined. It is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars and other types of scarring. It can also help fade areas of hyperpigmentation, such as sunspots and age spots, creating a more even skin tone. It is also beneficial for reducing the appearance of melasma. Enlarged pores can be enhanced, and the skin can be smoother and more refined in appearance.
Microneedling can also improve skin laxity and promote a more youthful and lifted appearance. It is often used on areas like the neck and jawline to achieve a mild tightening effect. It also creates tiny channels in the skin, which can enhance the absorption of skincare products and serums, allowing better penetration of active ingredients into the skin and maximizing their effectiveness. Microneedling is also excellent for the scalp to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth in individuals with thinning hair or certain types of hair loss.
Lastly, even if you don’t have specific skin concerns, microneedling can be used as a general skin rejuvenation treatment to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin.
What are the risks of unconsulted Microneedling?
Undergoing microneedling without proper consultation with a qualified healthcare professional or licensed skincare provider can pose several risks and potential complications. Here are some of the risks associated with proceeding with microneedling without professional guidance:
- Infection: Microneedling involves creating tiny micro-injuries in the skin, and if the procedure is not performed under sterile conditions or if the skin is not adequately cleaned and prepped, there is a risk of infection. Unsterile equipment or improper aftercare can contribute to this risk.
- Exacerbation of Skin Conditions: If you have an existing skin condition, such as active acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, microneedling may worsen these conditions. It’s crucial to consult with a professional who can evaluate your skin and determine whether microneedling is safe and appropriate for you.
- Scarring: When microneedling is performed incorrectly or aggressively, it can lead to scarring or worsening of existing scars, which is especially true if someone needs the necessary training and experience to do the procedure.
- Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation: Microneedling can sometimes lead to changes in skin pigmentation. Improper technique or excessive depth during the procedure may cause areas of hyperpigmentation (darkening) or hypopigmentation (lightening) of the skin.
- Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to the numbing creams or other products used during microneedling. You may only be aware of potential allergies or sensitivities with a consultation.
- Unpredictable Results: Microneedling outcomes can vary depending on your skin type, concerns, depth, and technique used during the procedure. You may need a consultation to have realistic expectations about what microneedling can achieve for your needs.
- Waste of Time and Money: Microneedling sessions can invest time and money. Without consulting a professional who can assess your skin and provide personalized advice, you may undergo the procedure without knowing whether it is the most appropriate treatment for your concerns.
- Lack of Aftercare Guidance: Proper post-procedure care is crucial for achieving good results and preventing complications. With a consultation, you may receive clear instructions on how to care for your skin after microneedling.