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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MICRONEEDLING

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Looking presentable and beautiful is the need of the hour. Everyone wants to have a flawless and radiant skin. New research is giving us novel ways of looking younger and a better version of ourselves each day. Micro-needling is one of the newest technologies in skin cosmetic treatments. No matter how painful and drastic the procedure sounds, it is actually quite simple, fast and painless.

What is micro needling?

Micro-Needling, often referred to as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, is a minimal invasive cosmetic treatment designed to rejuvenate skin, to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars on the face and body. This procedure involves evenly micro puncturing the skin with tiny sterile needles.

The ideology behind puncturing the skin is that when the tiny needles puncture the skin, controlled tiny micro holes are produced, which act as a stimulus. These holes stimulate the body’s natural collagen production by generating a wound healing response, thus inducing the body to produce more collagen in the treated areas. Thus the skin plumps up and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and fine lines.

Is the procedure safe?

The instrument or device used commonly in this procedure is called as derma roller.It is a small handheld drum shaped rolling device studded with many micro needles arranged in rows.

The needle lengths used on a roller device vary based onthe therapy and according to the kind of treatment to be done. The longer the needle, the deeper into the skin it will penetrate, the better the results you will see.

A topical anaesthetic is usually applied before treatment to minimise any pain and discomfort.

A single session of this treatment takes somewhere between 15 minutes to an hour.

The treatment is usually painless, you might just feel little discomfort during the procedure. Microneedling can be painful if the pressure used is too much.

This treatment is suitable for all skin types, unlike some laser or chemical peels procedures. You can get this treatment done if there is:

  • Premature ageing of the facial skin
  • Skin Laxity
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Scarring by acne, burns, chicken pox or other skin diseases
  • To increase absorption of topically applied skin preparations

The procedure is usually well tolerated by patients.

It is cost-effective and can be done on all skin types.It can be done all over the face including the areas near eyes.

POST TREATMENT CARE

  • Photo-protection for a week is a must as the skin is in restoration mode.You need to protect your skin from sun’s rays for the next whole week after treatment.
  • Hydrate your skin properly.

COMPLICATIONS

Just like with any procedure, there are always potential complications that can occur.

  • Scab formation
  • Flaking or dryness of the skin
  • Appearance of white spots
  • Hyperpigmentation - appearance of dark patches on the skin.
  • After the treatment, your skin will be a bit red or pink and you may also notice some bleeding and bruising. But this is very minimal and temporary; it generally recovers between 24-72 hours.
  • Apart from redness, no other major side effects are present.

 

Many times your dermatologist might recommend you to do this procedure at home too. Miniature versions of the derma roller called derma stamps, which are used mostly at home, to enhance your treatment results. These derma stamps have much shorter needles, these are just to help your skin to absorb the ingredients from your skin care products. But be sure you are using the right device or consult with your dermatologist.

Micro needling or Collagen induction therapy is safe and very effective, but before you undergo the treatment, it is a must to have a consultation with your skin specialist to know if you really need the treatment and if you can start it right away.

 

Written By - 

Dr. Rachita