Micro-needling has experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, and with celebrity fans like Jennifer Aniston attributing her youthful complexion to the treatment, it’s easy to see why. However, plenty of people are still unsure about microneedling, so i’ve put together an overview as well as some dos and don’ts regarding this revolutionary skin improvement therapy.
NOT ALL AUSTIN MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Medical micro-needling as it’s also known, is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) that significantly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scars and stretch marks.
The procedure involves the use of a sterile, handheld device with a single-use cartridge, to introduce a series of fine, sharp needles into the surface of the skin. I always apply a topical anesthetic such as BLT cream prior to your treatment. The device is moved across the skin, creating thousands of microchannels to specifically targeted areas.
FIND A PRO AT MICRONEEDLING, NOT THE “BEST DEAL”
The microchannels created during a session of microneedling will vary in depth according to the problem being targeted. This is why microneedling should only ever be carried out by a trained medical practitioner in an appropriate setting. There are many aesthetic medspas in Austin allowing untrained individuals perform these procedures. These should be avoided at all costs as they can be dangerous, as untrained and unregulated individuals can put your skin and health at serious risk of harm.
One of the major concerns regarding untrained medspas performing this procedure include the potential to ‘overdo’ the treatment – something that is easy to do if you’re not properly qualified. Or, medspas that use low-quality devices that may not have been sterilized between uses, enabling the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis.
Pressing too hard or repeatedly targeting the same areas can create deeper pathways or tears in the skin, which will not only take longer to heal, but will also leave the skin open to infection or reaction to any products that are applied.
A professionally trained practitioner regulated by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, will only ever create controlled areas of damage, and will always leave an appropriate amount of time between treatments. We never want to leave the skin in a state of constant, painful inflammation.
Don’t be tempted by cheap deals that you may come across on the internet. While you may save a few dollars initially, you could end up paying dearly when it comes to your health.
HOW DOES MICRONEEDLING (CIT) WORK?
Shallow channels that target the epidermis allow for topical treatments to be absorbed more easily, making them more effective, while slightly deeper channels or ‘micro injuries’ work by encouraging the body to produce collagen and elastin to repair this damage. It’s these proteins that are responsible for the structure and elasticity of the skin, and increased levels of both leads to thicker, plumper, healthier looking skin, as well as a reduction in the appearance of pores, scars, age spots and stretch marks.
The number of automated micro-needling treatments being performed and the number of offices offering micro-needling treatments continues to grow. With the continued growth of new technologies and procedures it can be difficult deciding what treatment is the right one for you.
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DOWNTIME & COST ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST QUESTIONS…
The great news is that micro-needling treatments are a great fit for patients concerned with cost, as well as downtime. Most people can’t fit a great deal of downtime into their busy lives with work, family and everything else. That’s why patients are super excited when I tell them about micro-needling.
Microneedling treatments are quick enough that someone could come in after work or at lunch time and be finished in 45 minutes. You will be pretty red after the treatment, similar to a sunburn. If we use the micropen to focus on crows feet and smokers lines, you may be significantly red in those areas, and some mild pinpoint bleeding may occur. The following day most people experience little to no redness and are ready to go back to work.
People get hooked and like to do 2-3 treatments about 8 weeks apart. The good news is, micro-needling treatments are affordable and easy for patients to fit into their schedules. When you look at all the variables of results, downtime and cost, there is not a better treatment available than automated micro-needling for reducing the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines.
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