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Microneedling 101: Your Introduction to Smoother, Brighter Skin

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By Dr. Corey Hartman

Microneedling is undergoing something of a renaissance right now. As more celebrities and influencers share their stunning results on social media, more people are seeking out quick and cheap versions of microneedling treatments, like at-home dermal rollers.

But to achieve the kind of results you see on Instagram—and more importantly, to ensure that your skincare is safe and healthy—you should make a visit to the dermatologist’s office. At Skin Wellness, we use the latest technologies and care practices that make microneedling one of the most exciting methods out there for rejuvenating skin.

But how do you know if microneedling is right for you? While the procedure may sound intimidating, we’re here to share everything you need to know to get started.

Microneedling Comes with Many Benefits

Humans have been practicing and perfecting the art of microneedling for a long time, with some practices dating back to ancient cultures. And in over a century since the first motorized microneedling therapy in 1905, its uses have only grown. What began as a way to encourage the skin to heal routine blemishes can now be used to target scars, wrinkles, and large pores. By promoting collagen growth, microneedling can help you achieve firmer, smoother, and brighter-looking skin.

Microneedling Creates Microscopic Punctures in the Skin

So how does it work? At Skin Wellness Dermatology, we use a cutting-edge dermal pen that inserts extremely small, sterilized needles into the skin at a rapid rate. Your body responds by activating its natural healing processes, sending skin-plumping collagen and elastin to the target area. In essence, this treatment tricks the body into rejuvenating itself, leaving your complexion looking smooth and refreshed.

Many People Are Great Candidates

Microneedling can improve a wide range of skin concerns on the face or other areas of the body. Some of the most popular applications are filling in acne scars and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but microneedling is also a highly effective treatment for:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Cellulite
  • Depigmentation disorders
  • Dull or uneven skin texture

Microneedling isn’t typically the best choice for people with certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, those who are pregnant, or anyone who has recently undergone radiation therapy. Microneedling has shown promise, however, as a treatment for acne, helping to heal old scars while also reducing the frequency and intensity of outbreaks. Always discuss your health history during your consultation so we can find the best treatment for you.

No Downtime is a Big Upside

Because microneedling is so minimally invasive, the procedure requires no downtime, and recovery is minimal. After your treatment, you’re likely to experience some mild redness and sensitivity, so be sure to treat your skin with gentle, moisturizing care and avoid wearing makeup for the rest of the day.

As always, apply a protective layer of broad-spectrum, chemical-free sunscreen, and for the next few days, avoid any exfoliating scrubs or strong, abrasive solutions like retinols and acids. Otherwise, you’re free to get back to your regular activities.

Results Are Quick and Compounding

One advantage of microneedling is how quickly the desired changes begin to appear. Depending on the severity of the skin issue you want to treat, you may begin to see improvements in the first few days. Your skin will appear plump and luminous within one week, and these results only improve as your skin rebuilds.

Full results come on gradually over several weeks and with multiple treatments. Initially, you may need to come in once every three to six months. Those with more dramatic scarring may need to come in once a month for about four to six months. Once you’ve reached a level of healing you’re happy with, most people plan to come about once a year for touch-ups.

Bottom Line: Multi-Purpose, Minimally-Invasive, Maximum Results

Dermatologists can do a lot with microneedling these days. We can even upgrade the treatments with radiofrequency or supercharge them with hydrating, antioxidant serums. If you’re looking to improve the texture and appearance of your skin, microneedling can be a wonderful option. Just be sure to consult the professionals—avoid the at-home risks and lock in this procedure’s many benefits by visiting a licensed dermatologist.

Schedule Your Microneedling Consultation today!

If you’re looking to improve your skin’s texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or want to tackle stubborn acne scars, microneedling may be a wonderful choice for you. When you visit Skin Wellness, we’ll take a thorough assessment of your unique skin challenges and create a personalized wellness plan. To get started, visit Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama online, or call us today at 205-871-7332!