Microneedling has been rising in popularity, and so have at-home treatments. This is a seemingly simple, non-invasive procedure that is cost effective and with promising results.
What is microneedling?
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or percutaneous Collagen Induction, microneedling is the process of creating microscopic punctures in the skin. The damage will trigger the skin cells to repair and regenerate, producing more collagen and elastin.
There are various needle sizes that take skin thickness into account. Short needles are used for the eye and mouth areas, while longer needles are used on thicker skin like the checks and body.
What are Microneedling benefits?
Microoneedling is typically recommended to address one or more of the following concerns:
- Loss of elasticity and skin aging.
- Hyperpigmentation, melasma and sunspots.
- Improving texture, acne scars and stretch marks.
What are the types of microneedling devices?
1. Rollers are the most common, and least expensive option. They create round punctures in the skin at an angle and are V-shaped. This is our least favorite option, however, for the following reasons:
- There is less control with regard to the depth of the puncture.
- It is likely to cause larger tears if rolling back and forth.
- Higher risk of infection, inflammation and scar tissue.
- Collagen that is produced can be irregular and uneven.
- There has been instances where needle tips were left into the skin (only visible with X-rays). This may cause longterm issues and scarring.
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