Whether or not you have a fear of needles, you may be tempted to avoid something with a name like “microneedling.” But for skin with mild scarring, wrinkles or uneven texture, it’s anything but scary!
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is also known as skin needling, dermarolling, collagen induction therapy and percutaneous collagen induction. Whichever name you use, the general technique is the same: an aesthetician uses a device covered with fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. This creates microscopic channels that encourage the body to produce new collagen and elastin. Microneedling is minimally invasive, and a topical numbing cream can be used.
What are the benefits of microneedling?
As a skin-rejuvenation treatment, microneedling can
- improve skin texture
- reduce scars and fine lines
- reduce uneven pigment
Depending on the size of the needles involved, it also can
- reduce wrinkles and stretch marks
- help tighten skin
Just like with chemical peels, deeper microneedling treatments can help treat deeper skin issues.
By encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin, this treatment helps skin tissue retain its shape, stay healthy and keep its flexibility. Microneedling also is appropriate for all skin types and involves little or no downtime. It takes up very little of your busy schedule, with sessions ranging from 5-60 minutes in length, depending on the area and condition being treated.
Is microneedling right for you?
The first step in answering that question is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Palo Alto! At that point, you will learn more about what to expect from the treatment and how to prepare.
The day of the procedure, you should not use lotions, makeup or any other topical product on the area to be treated. Microneedling should never be conducted on skin that is irritated, inflamed or has active acne. You can repeat microneedling sessions every few weeks, because it can take several weeks for new collagen to form. Sun protection is strongly recommended after the treatment (and all other times)! You may require an antibiotic cream afterwards, depending on the depth.
Ready to schedule your microneedling consultation with Palo Alto? Contact us today and take the first step toward your new complexion!