Everything You Need to Know About Microneedling
December 1, 2021

Aging is a natural process but for some people, it can be difficult to look in the mirror when you see the visible changes caused by it—wrinkles, fine lines, drooping eye bags, acne scars, sun damage, you name it. Coming to terms with the differences in your face and body can take a toll, especially if you’ve missed out on caring for your skin in the past, but there are ways to minimize the damage!

You’ve most likely heard of microneedling before, and while the term might not sound incredibly appealing, it could just be the best choice you make to heal your skin. We answered your biggest questions about microneedling below so if you’re still unsure, keep reading.

What Is Microneedling?

Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a procedure that involves inserting ultrathin, short, and sterilized needles into the top layer of your skin. Your body will then interpret these minor punctures as injuries and rush to heal it with growth factors, collagen, and elastin. This will not only repair and regrow the tissue, but will also give you a more youthful look. Not to mention, this non-surgical procedure can help you revitalize your skin by reducing wrinkles, improving skin elasticity, and minimizing scarring.

You might be worried about the idea of puncturing your skin with needles, and we get it, needles aren’t for everyone. But microneedling is one of the least painful anti-aging procedures out there, with many patients finding the pinpricks practically painless

Does Microneedling Treat Skin Conditions? 

Apart from treating wrinkles and sun-damaged skin, microneedling also works to reduce acne scars and other issues in the skin like age spots, sagging skin, and more. Although it’s most commonly used for the face, microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment that can be used from head to toe. Many dermatologists or cosmetic specialists may use it to smooth out stretch marks, scars, or rough, textured skin along the stomach, thighs, and more. 

Does Microneedling Have Any Risks? 

Microneedling is a simple, safe, and effective anti-aging treatment since it doesn’t need any incisions or insertion of foreign objects. The most prominent effect after microneedling is mild redness, swelling, and sometimes discoloration (although this is temporary). Some people may experience pain but this can be resolved by applying a topical numbing cream to keep you comfortable and pain-free. 

How Microneedling Can Rejuvenate Your Skin

Young woman holding her smiling face with a cloth. She's extremely happy with the results of micro needling and how it rejuvenated her skin.

Preventative and proactive skincare is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself to protect and nourish your skin—and microneedling fits the bill perfectly! Microneedling is a regenerative procedure that can help you minimize the visible signs of aging.

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling is an incredibly effective way to tackle symptoms of aging before it even becomes a problem, as well as other skin-related complaints. Apart from refreshing and restoring your skin, here are some of the main benefits microneedling has to offer. 

Reduce Fine and Deep Wrinkles

One of the main features of microneedling is its ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are key to having plump and youthful skin. Since microneedling triggers the growth of new skin cells, it can noticeably help reduce the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles by toning and tightening the skin. This is especially effective as you get older since the body’s elastin and collagen production naturally reduces with age. 

Diminish Visible Scars

According to a study by the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, nearly 100 percent of people experienced a marked reduction in visible scarring after microneedling. Lower-grade scarring can be helped with at-home microneedling, but severe acne scars will likely need to be done in-office with professional-grade devices. Microneedling was also found to be as effective as laser treatments for reducing scars, but microneedling has the added benefit of lesser side effects and downtime. 

Improve Effects of Sun Damage and Pigmentation

Collagen is known for its incredible ability to repair and revive skin, but it’s also incredibly effective when it comes to lightening skin to reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation (including melasma) and sun damage. 

Prevent and Minimize Signs of Aging 

Healthy and youthful skin is all about bounce and vitality, which your skin can easily regain with the stimulation of collagen and elastin. The new skin cells will allow your skin to look smooth, fresh, and hydrated. Since microneedling is a process that focuses on using your natural regenerative processes, it can be done in your twenties or fifties, to help you stay ahead of the aging process or to allow you to reverse the symptoms. 

Increase the Effectiveness of Skin Care Products

If you thought the benefits of microneedling are limited to just your skin, think again. While there’s no way to know exactly how much your skincare is actually absorbed by your skin, it’s safe to say that most of your skincare isn’t doing as much as you think. Fortunately, microneedling doesn’t just help your skin but also improves product absorption. Research shows that microneedling helps topical skincare penetrate the skin more effectively, allowing you to reap more benefits. 

At AgeEnvy, we truly believe that skincare is more than just looking your best. Our focus lies in using all kinds of treatment—aesthetic, regenerative, integrative, and functional—to help you live a confident, happy, and healthy life. Whatever your aging concerns are, we can help you tackle them in the best way for you with our network of healthcare providers

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