When it comes to age-defying procedures and products, there is a lot of misinformation out there. While plastic surgery may make your skin more firm, it is expensive, invasive, and risky. As a result, many people turn to more natural methods to look young, including microneedling.
So, what is microneedling? Is it painful? How long does microneedling treatment last? Finally, can microneedling make you look younger? We will evaluate the science to answer each of these questions, but first, let’s look at what microneedling actually means:
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a non-invasive treatment to help boost collagen production in the skin. The procedure consists of a physician or similar healthcare professional using a dermaroller to make tiny pricks in the skin. Though it can be used on just about any part of the body, microneedling is typically used on the face. By creating tiny holes in the skin, microneedling boosts the production of collagen, thereby creating firmer, younger-looking skin.
Is Microneedling Painful?
While patients will likely experience some discomfort during the procedure, microneedling is not as painful as many other skin care procedures. When the treatment begins, you will feel small pinches on your face where the needles are piercing the skin. However, the needles are very small, so they do not go deeper than one or two millimeters.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Microneedling treatment only lasts for a few minutes, though the exact length will depend on the area of the face (or body) that is being treated. After the treatment is finished, you’ll likely experience some mild swelling, bruising, and possibly bleeding for the first few days. After that, your skin begins to regenerate (producing more collagen) and heal. Once the healing process has finished, the effects of one microneedling treatment typically last for several months. In most cases, clinicians recommend getting treatment at least 2-4 times per year to maintain the youthful effects.
Can Microneedling Make You Look Younger?
In short, yes, microneedling can make you look younger. As we age, our skin tends to become less tight and firm. This leads to wrinkles, creases, and other visual indications of aging. There are various reasons why this happens, but one of the main culprits is collagen — or lack thereof.
Collagen is a protein that binds tissue in humans and most animals. When you get older, your body starts to break down collagen faster than it can produce it. The subsequent shortage of collagen leaves skin looking haggard, loose, wrinkly, and — for lack of a better term — old. While some people take OTC collagen supplements or even collagen injections to temporarily combat this shortage, these methods do nothing to naturally boost collagen production.
This is where microneedling comes into play. Rather than simply ingesting or injecting extra collagen, microneedling takes advantage of your body’s natural collagen-producing mechanisms. This way, you can get a collagen boost the natural way, resulting in firmer, healthier, and younger-looking skin!
If you’d like to learn more about microneedling, contact the experts at the Institute of Natural Health today!