One of the latest trends in the beauty industry has been microneedling, or also known as Collagen Induction Therapy – it is said to be one of the most effective treatments for antiaging.. and for that reason, I tried it. Yes, I am vain to the point I am willing to have multiple needles puncture my face, and to my surprise the treatment is actually not as bad as it sounds –
So what exactly is it?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that is performed with a derma pen or a dermaroller that contain fine needles that puncture into the skin. Usually the dermaroller (as pictured above) is used at home, and the dermapen is used by the expert. By creating these punctures in the top layer of the skin, the skin is forced to regenerate and produce more collagen and elastin.
You can expect to see reduction in scars and pore size, improved skin texture and firmness, and it can also help reverse sun damage. Microneedling also helps with the absorption of products. Results aren’t instantaneous, in fact, most people begin to see results after one treatment or 4 weeks later. For optimal results, it is recommended to do a series of 3 treatments.
What to expect from microneedling?
First your face will be cleansed, and in some cases the aesthetician will put a numbing cream ( I didn’t have it, and my pain tolerance is pretty low). The aesthetician then needles in a serum, in my case it was done with hyaluronic acid which helps to replenish the moisture in the skin, resulting in a brighter complexion! After the treatment, a mask is put on just to seal everything in. It was pretty fast, and the discomfort level was very tolerable. After the treatment my skin was red for a couple of days, and you also need to stay away from the sun as much as possible.
As we age our collagen production decreases, and for that reason I think that microneedling is such an effective treatment! I have seen that there are at home kits available, but I definitely would not go that route. The needles aren’t as long as the ones that the professional would use, and more damage than good could be done if not used properly. I think that for this treatment to be effective, it is always best to go with an expert.