Microneedling is one of the latest trends in the ongoing quest to stay young and beautiful, but it’s safe to say it’s not a “passing” trend for people who want to turn back the hands of time. The art of microneedling has actually been practiced in some form or another for the last 20+ years, but it’s drawn quite a bit of attention in only the last few years. And there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment in which a series of very fine needles penetrate the superficial layer of the skin with tiny punctures not visible to the naked eye. This action triggers your skin’s own collagen production, which is the peppy little protein responsible for maintaining the skin’s elasticity as well as keeping it supple and smooth. Collagen production is plentiful when we’re young, but as we age it begins to diminish, leading to the telltale signs of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and uneven complexion.
Microneedling can help in treating the following:
- Acne Scars
- Skin Tone & Texture
- Fine Lines
- Stretch Marks
What’s the treatment like?
During treatment, a skilled esthetician will use a specialized tool to gently move across the treatment area. A topical anesthetic can be applied to minimize any discomfort, but most people don’t require it. A session typically lasts about 15-20 minutes.
What should you expect right after a microneedling treatment?
Following treatment, your skin may seem a little mad at you by appearing red and/or slightly swollen for a few days (like having a sunburn), but not to worry. This is totally normal and temporary. Plus, you can get right back to your normal daily activities when your session is over. You’re just going to want to avoid direct sun exposure for a couple weeks. Your Louisville microneedling expert will make sure you’re completely clear on how to care for your skin after your microneedling treatment to achieve best results.
Are there any risks involved?
There are slight risks involved with microneedling. The most serious of which are infection and possible scarring. While there are a few microneedling devices available for at-home use, these tend to carry more of a risk of infection due to improper sterilization of the needles. Your absolute best bet to reduce any risks is to make sure you have a knowledgeable, licensed esthetician handle the treatment.
What about results?
Most patients start noticing improvements in a couple of weeks as collagen production continues to rev into high gear. Depending on the size of the treatment area and your individual desired results, additional treatments may be needed. Optimum results are typically seen in the coming weeks after the last treatment and usually last around 4-6 weeks.
So is microneedling really worth it?
All in all, we say “yea” to microneedling. You can’t argue with the collagen-boosting results those teeny tiny needles provide. So if you find yourself a little less than pleased with the reflection in the mirror staring back at you, it may be time to look into your own microneedling treatment.
Microneedling in Louisville
Give us a call at (502) 618-0995 to schedule your free consultation. We’ll go over all the ins and outs and determine if microneedling is your best bet in bringing back your vibrant glow!