Microneedling 101

Microneedling 101

Microneedle Mesotherapy (aka Microneedling) is a treatment that uses very small needles to make tiny holes into the skin to treat various conditions including scarring, stretch marks and wrinkles. 
Microneedling’s effects are comparable to laser and chemical peel treatments but without the long downtime. You can enjoy a glowing complexion 24-72 hours after microneedling.

Microneedle Mesotherapy makes your skin glow after just one treatment and continues to boost the appearance of your complexion for months afterward. The benefits of microneedling are many. Here are the most notable:

  • Reduces wrinkles & fine lines

  • Anti-aging therapy

  • Sun damage

  • Shrinks pores

  • Improves effectiveness of topical products

  • Rosacea reduction

  • Acne improvement

  • Fights acne scars & stretchmarks

Medical microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), uses longer needles (0.5mm - 3.0mm) which penetrate through the epidermis to the dermis, to stimulate collagen and elastin production. In fact, collagen will continue to be produced as the skin heals, even three to six months after your treatment. These treatments are a bit painful and can cause bleeding, which is why they are only performed by medical personnel and licensed technicians.

Cosmetic microneedling, which some skincare salon does and you can do at home, uses shorter needles (0.1mm - 0.2mm) that only affect the epidermis. These micro-perforations open up your skin to allow products, such as serums, to penetrate 80-90% more than they would on unbroken skin. The technique is painless and does not cause bleeding. 

I recommend home-grade microneedling during a nighttime routine, because the skin absorbs product more efficiently when you sleep. 

Begin by cleansing the skin and applying toner. Follow with the dermaroller, rolling 2-3 times horizontally, vertically and diagonally, continuing until you have covered your whole face. It’s best to work in one-inch sections to make sure you’ve covered all areas. 

Be careful not to treat your skin to the latest trends! Just because you see your friends or favorite influencer doing something, it does not mean that you should too. Jumping into any skin “trend” without proper research and consultation can be harmful and not yield the results you are looking for. 

Also, please do not do microneedling over any patches of active acne, as it will spread the bacteria. Also avoid any areas with rosacea or eczema. When your skin is inflamed, you are at a higher risk of infection.