Thanks to technological advancements in the world of cosmetics, and really smart people getting wrinkles, we now have an endless supply of anti-aging, blemish eradicating, and skin improving treatments currently available on the market for our use. These treatments can range from skin creams to cosmetic surgeries, to non-invasive techniques – all used to promote healthier, more youthful complexions.
Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at one of the more popular forms of cosmetic treatment for skin known as “Microneedling”. You may have heard the term before, but do you really know what it means? Keep reading to learn more.
What Is Microneedling
Sometimes known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), Microneedling is a safe, simple, and non-surgical skin tightening treatment used to rejuvenate and improve sagging or damaged skin. Originally, the treatment was exclusively used for skin rejuvenation, though it was later discovered to be an excellent tool for treating acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks, alopecia, and many other skin-based issues.
Though the process of Microneedling itself has remained largely unchanged since its introduction into the world of cosmetics, there are now many variations to how it is used – since it was found that these microscopic needles paired well with other forms of treatment.
The actual process of Microneedling typically involves a small, handheld device or roller equipped with micro-needles (hints the name) being pressed or rolled over problem areas of the skin in order to create microscopic punctures in the skin’s surface that help promote healing and tightening of the skin. The idea of poking holes in your skin to improve it may sound slightly contradictory at first until you learn the actual science behind it.
Our bodies contain a natural healing mechanism that instantly goes to work healing our skin when it becomes damaged. Additionally, this healing process also promotes the production of new collagen and elastin – which is what we want when attempting to tighten and improve the skin’s appearance. With Microneedling, these areas of damage that are created are microscopic in size and provide only enough trauma to the surface of the skin to cause the body’s healing mechanism to take action; thus, naturally improving the affected areas by stimulating collagen production and healing.
What Is Microneedling Good For?
Because the process of Microneedling encourages the body to heal itself and improves the elasticity of skin through boosting collagen and elastin production, Microneedling can be an excellent solution for numerous skin ailments – including acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks, large pores, cellulite, facial lines, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, and sagging skin.
Since Microneedling is often a cheaper, safer, and highly effective substitute for cosmetic surgery, it is widely gaining popularity with those looking for a less invasive method of obtaining younger, healthier looking skin. Additionally, another thing that makes Microneedling so popular is that it can be coupled with other forms of treatment to promote even better results, such as radiofrequency technology (RF).
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars?
As previously stated, Microneedling is an excellent method of reducing, or even sometimes eliminating, the pitted or crater-like scarring that can often occur after years of struggling with troublesome acne. In addition to reducing acne scars, Microneedling has also be used as a method of preventing future acne breakouts.
When you sustain any type of injury, your body begins a natural process known as fibrosis, which is the formation of excess fibrous connective tissue. Translation, fibrosis forms to repair the skin and glue everything back together. Unfortunately, however, this fibrosis is rigid and thick in texture, which leads to the manifestation of unwanted scarring. With Microneedling, these areas of the skin that are pulled tightly together and bumpy or uneven due to this natural adhesive are broken up, resulting in smoother skin and far less visible signs of scarring.
What Is a Microneedling Roller?
The Microneedling roller is a newly developed Microneedling device used for facial rejuvenation, stretch marks, scarring, acne scarring, and wrinkles. Your average roller tool is usually shaped like a small spool of thread and is equipped with 192 tiny, medical-grade stainless steel micro-needles in eight rows along the circular roll. These tiny needles are only 0.1 mm in diameter and 0.5 to 1.5 mm in length. Attached to the roller itself is a handle for maneuvering the device along the skin.
Like other forms of Microneedling, the Microneedling roller is a simple treatment that is performed using only a topical anesthetic prior to treatment and requires zero downtime following a session. Once the anesthetic is applied to the area, the roller is typically used 15 to 20 times in vertical, horizontal, and oblique patterns. Depending on the size of the area undergoing treatment, a session can be as short as 15 to 20 minutes.
Additionally, there are various sites on the internet that also sell Dermarollers for home Microneedling treatments. However, it’s important to note that home Dermarollers are not as effective as rollers used by professionals, and it is often recommended to have your Microneedling treatments done in a clean, sterilized setting so as to avoid the risk of infection.
What Is Microneedling Before and After
Like any invasive or non-invasive cosmetic procedure currently available, results always very. There’s no treatment out there that can 100% guarantee successful results. However, there are countless reports from medical professionals and patients alike stating that Microneedling is an incredibly effective method of rejuvenating, tightening, and improving skin.
The high success rates and incredible results that Microneedling has provided numerous patients has also made it a popular treatment amongst some of Hollywood’s biggest names, with celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow being just a few famous faces undergoing Microneedling treatments to maintain their gorgeous, camera-ready complexions.
So, does Microneedling work? Yes. Though the treatment’s effectiveness can vary from case to case, Microneedling has been shown to improve skin elasticity, reduce scarring, lighten blemishes, and help give skin a plumper shape with fewer wrinkles.
What Is Microneedling Treatment at Sepi Spa
Sepi Spa, also known as your number one source for cutting-edge spa treatments and top-notch skin care products, offers Microneedling treatments right at our state-of-the-art spa facility in Santa Monica, California.
When receiving a Microneedling treatment at Sepi Spa, you can have the peace of mind that your procedure is being carried out by an expert spa technician that will handle you, and your skin, with the utmost care. Prior to the treatment, the spa technician will apply a coat of topical anesthetic to the areas that require Microneedling to make you as comfortable as possible.
Following this process, the technician will then begin the treatment using a MicroPen Elite, which is small, pen-shaped automated Microneedling device that contains 12 micro-tips. The device will be carefully pressed against the skin and slowly guided in a single motion over the problem areas undergoing treatment until the session is complete and the areas have been covered.
The treatment is relatively painless, frequently described as having a rough material or sandpaper pressed against the skin. Treatment with the MicroPen elite can help improve pigmentation, reduce wrinkles, and smooth out scarring, cellulite, and stretch marks.
Want to try this incredible new treatment out for yourself? Stop by Sepi Spa for the pampering of a lifetime!