People SWEAR by this. It kind of threw me off when I first heard about it, because it sounds scary and like it’s a super painful procedure. But, it’s not.
We reached out to our client The Center For Women’s Aesthetics to find out more about MICRONEEDLING this week, as we’d heard there’ve been some new developments that have women even more obsessed with it.
“It is our second most requested service after the HydraFacial here at CFWA,” says The Center’s Chrissie Abbott.
Simply put, microneedling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation. The idea is that these microscopic punctures cause slight injury to your skin, and that your skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture.
Think of it as technology that stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. It is particularly effective for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, restoring a more radiant, youthful appearance.
If the prospect of multiple needle wounds sounds a bit scary, know that the punctures are more like pin-pricks that enter only surface-level deep. You will have a little redness, more of a “rosy glow” after the procedure, and should be back to normal within hours.
Microneedling is not an aggressive procedure, and its gentler approach is designed to provide incremental results. Clinicians recommend that patients receive multiple procedures to achieve desired results. Procedures are usually spaced four to six weeks apart.
However, patients usually begin to see the superficial, initial results within a week of their first procedure. Your skin will look plump, pink and luminous for a couple of weeks.
“This youthful glow is one of the main reasons the service is so popular,” says Brittany Wilson of CFWA.
The effects of a micro needling pen are not permanent, so clinicians recommend a maintenance program which could include quarterly procedures to keep skin looking it’s best. The great news is that microneedling also promises “improvement” over time. According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.
“If clients want to go even farther in leveraging the effects of microneedling, we can treat the skin using radio frequency. With this combination, it is possible to see tissue tightening over the course of months.” the CFWA clinicians advise.
Microneedling also plays well with at home skin regimens – your anti-aging products that will penetrate better after the treatment. “When a client comes in for microneedling, we like to recommend products that amplify the results of the treatment,” says Abbott.