If you suffer from acne scars, stretch marks, or any other skin blemishing on your face, you are likely struggling to find ways to relieve those issues. One treatment that’s rapidly rising in popularity is microneedling, a well-known treatment option involving pricking the skin so that it produces collagen and heals your face. Read more about this unique treatment opportunity and the benefits it can give you.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, otherwise known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), consists of a pen with several tiny needles that poke small holes in the skin. This helps the skin to increase production of collagen and elastin and increases blood flow by building new capillaries. Microneedling is used to treat a number of skin problems including scarring and acne, and in some cases to treat hair loss.
As for pen’s (base for needles) used in the microneedling, some spas or offices will use special single needles, while others use a device called a dermaroller, which features a rotating drum that has dozens of microneedles. Recently, custom-made dermarollers have started cropping up, however these dermarollers use much smaller needles and don’t provide the same drastic results as one would get from the ones professional dermatologists use.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Reduces the Appearance of Acne and Related Scars
Microneedling is one of the few facial treatments that you can get to clear up active pimples. How exactly this occurs is unknown. However, it’s thought that to have something to do with the fact that microneedling clears blackheads and reduces oil production, which inadvertently limits the formation of pimples.
Additionally, any acne scars that you have on your face can very easily be cleared up by microneedling. The tiny needles break up the fibrosis that makes up the scar, resulting in a clear face in as little as two treatments.
Exfoliates Your Skin
Microneedling helps skin to exfoliate (removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface) by removing the upper surface of the epidermis, where all the dead skin cells live. This results in a healthier, clearer and smoother skin.
Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As you grow older, often many fine lines and wrinkles form on the face as skin becomes less supple. This is probably one of the best and most important benefits of microneedling, as it can help you look younger. How? As mentioned previously, the needles breaking into the upper layer of skin boost the creation of collagen and elastin, which can help even up all those fine lines and wrinkles, making you look more youthful.
Evens Your Skin Tone
A common side effect of inflammation, pimples, black heads, white heads, and other trauma to the skin on your face is uneven skin tones or hyperpigmentation. When microneedling is combined with a Vitamin C serum, patients with hyperpigmentation eventually show signs of skin tones evening out.
Immediately Improves Quality and Texture of Your Skin
The increase in production of collagen and elastin, among other benefits already mentioned, help to improve the overall quality and texture of your skin. Your skin may look like you have a mild sunburn for about a day and a half, but it’ll feel much softer after even just one treatment.
Eliminate and Even Out Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are scars that are formed from rapid skin growth used for stretching rather than from healing wounds. While stretch marks can be somewhat tougher to treat and require more treatments, many patients have reported favorable results with microneedling.
Decreases Hair Loss
In addition to the skin ailments above, microneedling has been a proven treatment for conditions such as male pattern baldness (or Alopecia). Microneedling stimulates hair growth and increases the follicle size so your hair grows back fuller than before.
Microneedling at Elume Medspa
If any of these benefits of microneedling interest you, we highly recommend contacting Elume Medspa about booking an appointment. Located in Fairfax, VA, Elume Medspa has been offering various skin care treatments since 2009. They provide Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, hair removal, photofacials, microneedling, and so much more. The spa is owned and run by Shaheen Ghafari, a licensed medical esthetician of over 9 years. Their mission is simply to help you achieve the skin you want (or need), providing quality treatments in a warm and welcoming environment. Check out their website to find out more information about microneedling and other treatment options they provide!