What is microneedling?
Some of you may or may not have heard of microneedling. It’s not the same thing as microblading. As discussed in our previous blog, microblading is a permanent tattooing technique for your eyebrows. Microneedling is actually a cosmetic procedure that eliminates acne scars and stretch marks. It can also be used to erase wrinkles and fine lines. This can help with anti-aging and other skin concerns, but we recommend consulting with your dermatologist before proceeding with this procedure. Here are some areas to consider when getting microneedling treatment:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Uneven skin tone
- Reduced skin elasticity
- Other types of skin conditions and scars
What is the average cost of microneedling?
Before we get down to the basics of microneedling, we want you to know that since this procedure is a cosmetic procedure, many insurance companies don’t cover the cost. So, before you think you want to consider getting this, make sure you are ready to pay out of pocket. Some treatments can run from $100-$700 per procedure, depending on your doctor and what is needed to be removed. Most face treatments are around $300. But the good news is, most people can return to work or school after the procedure.
How does it work?
Microneedling works by helping your skin to make more collagen. Collagen produces the most protein in your body by providing structure to your skin. There are ways that you can damage the collagen in your skin, like eating too much sugar, smoking, and getting too much sunshine. This will create those pesky scars and wrinkles in your skin. With microneedling, punctures into the skin with small needles cause slight injury and it responds by making new collagen tissue. This then creates the new skin tissue, a more even tone and texture.
During the procedure, your doctor will make small pricks under the skin with a pen-like tool. Don’t worry, these pricks are small enough that you won’t even feel it. Even before the procedure, your doctor will provide an anesthetic to reduce the possibility of pain.
Are there any side effects?
During any cosmetic procedure, there usually can be side effects, depending on how sensitive your skin can be, etc. The most common side effect is skin irritation and some redness for a few days. If you do have other, more serious side effects including: Bleeding, bruising, infection, or peeling, contact your doctor right away.
The benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling is a safe and effective way to restore skin and treat scars. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “When performed by a qualified physician, microneedling is a great way to improve the skin’s appearance,” It is important to talk to your certified dermatologist before performing any treatment on yourself. Yes, there are home microneedling tools you can use. They are a lot harder to keep clean, therefore you should have a certified professional perform this cosmetic procedure. That way it is properly done with clean tools and less chances of harsh side effects.
Anyone can receive this cosmetic procedure. Patients with any skin tone can receive microneedling without any risk of pigmentation. This procedure is also not for anyone, as those with inflammation due to current active cold sores or acne, should not receive this treatment. We suggest talking with your dermatologist about further treatment.
For further questions or concerns about microneedling or any other dermatology procedures, feel free to contact Allen-Tainter Dermatology in Ogden, Utah.