Wrinkles and lines are two of the most prominent side effects of aging. While their appearance can be minimized on other areas of the body, the imperfections that come with age and stress tend to appear right on a person’s face. These imperfections can be a serious problem because they can make you look older and less attractive than you really are. The good news is that micro needling can help with these problems.
What is Micro Needling?
Micro needling is exactly as it sounds – it is the application of microscopic needles to the skin. This system of controlled injuries to the skin invokes the body’s natural repair mechanisms, which in turn promotes the body to repair, redistribute and replace collagen deposits.
While this procedure does have limitations, it can provide significant improvement to lines and wrinkles. This happens because lines and wrinkles tend to exist due to uneven collagen layers beneath the skin. Micro Needling helps to even these layers out until you see a significant improvement in the way that your skin looks.
How Many micro needling Treatments Do You Need?
The exact number of treatments required to see improvement in wrinkles, lines and even broad scars like ones caused by acne is not exact. Your body’s natural ability to heal, the structure of the imperfections and where the areas are you desire to be treated will influence how many micro needling treatments you need.
Wrinkles, for example, may take anywhere from two to five treatments before you see tangible results from micro needling. You may need to wait four to six weeks between each treatment to allow your body to heal.
Another quality of micro needling is that maintenance may be required. Annual treatments may be able to reduce the incidence of any lasting imperfections or problems that tend to reappear after your initial treatments.
How Safe is Micro Needling?
Though micro needling can be described as a “controlled injury” to the body, it carries a negligible risk when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner. The reason micro needling should be done by someone experienced with it concerns the risks that it can bring. Infection and injury to the skin, the latter of which includes permanent scarring, are two of the leading dangers surrounding micro needling, but both are risks that can be minimized with proper procedures.
Is Micro Needling Painful?
Micro needling is a relatively painless procedure. Patients seldom feel anything more than the feeling of something being pressed against their skin due to the extremely fine needles used with the procedure. If you are still concerned about pain during the procedure, we can apply a mild topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort you might feel during the procedure.