What Dermatologists Want You To Know About Microneedling

Dermatologist sharing knowledge with patients

As nonsurgical procedures grow more popular than ever, microneedling has become a household name. Our Houston patients often ask about the procedure and want to know if it lives up to its glowing reputation. With an 89% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.com, the answer is yes–microneedling is a great choice for skin rejuvenation. It is well-suited to all skin types, and it can create noticeable, flattering results. Here are a few important facts to know about microneedling.

What does microneedling do for your skin?

Overall, the goal of microneedling is to fade the common signs of aging, such as wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. The procedure stimulates new collagen production by creating micro-injuries in the skin with tiny needles. As your body’s natural healing process kicks in, new collagen is formed and blood flow increases. This improves the overall texture of your skin and helps you look instantly more youthful and refreshed. 

How long does microneedling take?

A microneedling session typically takes between 20 to 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your treatment area, the procedure might be even quicker. This makes microneedling a popular “lunchtime treatment” as you can get big results in little time. It is an easy, convenient procedure that fits into even the busiest of schedules.

What is recovery after microneedling like?

One of the major perks of microneedling is that it doesn’t require extensive downtime. You can return to work or school and resume your regular routine within a day or two of the treatment. However, your skin will be red and feel sensitive the first few days after microneedling, so be gentle and use proper protection. Wear sunscreen on your treated areas and limit the amount of makeup you apply to your face. 

Is DIY or at-home microneedling safe?

As COVID-19 caused offices and salons to close, many people turned to DIY treatment options, often to their detriment. If you go online, you can find many at-home microneedling devices (or derma rollers) that claim they can create amazing results. But DIY microneedling can be a poor choice and have unintended consequences. Many devices have needles that are the incorrect depth, for example, and can damage your skin and create permanent scarring. It can also be challenging to sterilize the needles of a derma roller, which increases your risk of infection.

When it comes to microneedling and rejuvenating your skin, you deserve the very best. For safe, satisfying results, trust a professional dermatologist with a medical background to perform your skincare treatment. 

By knowing what to expect from your treatment, you can head confidently into your first microneedling appointment. If you’re in the Greater Houston area and would like to learn more about your skincare options, please request a consultation online or call (713) 791-9966.

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