If acne scars are a constant reminder of your teenage years and pesky wrinkles seem to threaten more and more with every passing day, you’re in the right place!
We get it. You want to minimize those scars, reduce your wrinkles, and have youthful-looking, gorgeous skin. And you might have heard that microneedling is one option for achieving those things.
Even so, if you’re scared of needles, you may be hesitant to take the microneedling plunge. But don’t rush off just yet!
In this article, our beauty experts tell you everything you need to know in order to decide if microneedling is the right treatment for you. With our information and expert tips, you’ll soon be on your way to smoother skin!
How Does Microneedling Work?
If the word “microneedling” makes you think of super tiny needles, you’re on the right track. Microneedling involves lightly rolling a small wheel filled with very tiny needles over the surface of your skin.
It’s a procedure commonly used to treat beauty woes like scars and wrinkles, alopecia, stretch marks, and more.
How? The needles just barely break your skin, causing a bit of “injury.” While that injury doesn’t actually damage your skin, it’s enough for your body to kick in with a healing response. Skin cells immediately get to work rebuilding your skin and producing collagen.
All that new skin growth and collagen-building mean that, over time, wrinkles become less noticeable, scars and stretch marks slowly fade away, and your face looks brighter and tighter.
To understand why microneedling works, you need to understand collagen. You’ve probably heard of products like collagen cream or collagen supplements, but let’s pause to talk about what collagen actually is. You’ll want to know because it’s so important for maintaining youthful-looking skin!
Collagen is a protein in your skin, but it’s not just any protein. It makes up most of your dermis (the layer of skin just under the surface), and it’s what gives your skin strength and structure.
The problem is that after age 20, you produce 1% less collagen each year. Without enough collagen, your skin begins to lose shape and wrinkles and sags start to appear.
The good news? There are steps you can take to prevent collagen loss and even encourage new collagen production!
This brings us back to collagen-building treatments (like microneedling). Here’s what you need to know if you take the plunge and schedule an appointment for microneedling.
What To Expect If You Choose Microneedling
Microneedling is a relatively quick treatment. Cleaning your face and applying anesthesia usually lasts 15 to 45 minutes, and then the procedure itself only takes 10 to 20 minutes.
During the treatment, you’ll feel the prick of the needles. Some people have pinpoint bleeding, but that’s normal and nothing to be concerned about.
Don’t expect to see a miracle in the mirror the morning after the treatment. After all, collagen doesn’t grow overnight.
In fact, new collagen will be laid down for three to six months after your treatment. So sit back and relax — you’ll have to wait for that new collagen production in order to see the effects of microneedling.
You’ll probably be red and swollen for a few days after the treatment. Just be extra gentle with your face and use lots of sun protection.
The price of one microneedling treatment is anywhere between $200 and $700. And most people usually need more than one treatment to achieve the desired effects. If you decide to continue with microneedling, you can receive treatments every 3-8 weeks.
Risks And Side Effects Of Microneedling
As we said, after microneedling, you’ll go home with a red, slightly swollen face. But there are a few other potential negatives that you should know about.
First, you’ll experience some mild discomfort during the treatment (you are dealing with needles, after all!) You could also have minimal, pinpoint bleeding during the treatment. And in addition to redness and swelling, you might find your face bruised or dry afterward.
In rare situations, some women develop an infection after treatment, notice changes in their skin color, or have a reaction if a topical medication is used with the microneedling.
(Tip: If you’re currently dealing with a skin infection or acne, stay away from microneedling. And of course, talk to a dermatologist if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking a blood thinner.)
Lastly, microneedling isn’t a quick fix. As we mentioned, you have to wait for collagen to do its thing and renew your skin, so it could be months (and several treatments) before you notice a change in your wrinkles.
If you’re looking for a quick solution to your wrinkle woes, you’ll notice an improvement overnight (literally!) with SiO Beauty patches. The longer you use these super-hydrating patches the better, but results can be seen after just one night!
These comfortable, medical-grade silicone patches reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth your face by creating a special environment between your skin and the silicone. They draw moisture into the surface level of your skin, causing it to fill and smooth itself.
Put them on before you hop into bed for the night after cleansing your skin, and then take them off in the morning. It’s as simple as that!
Benefits Of Microneedling
Of course, no one but you and your dermatologist can decide what treatment is right for you. But now that you know the risks of microneedling, we’ll tell you five ways microneedling could help you.
1) Rejuvenate Your Skin
When we talk about “rejuvenating” skin, we mean building new collagen and elastin, tightening up your skin, and reducing the appearance of large pores and fine lines.
Microneedling rejuvenates skin through the healing process that happens after the “injury” of those tiny needles.
2) Reduce The Appearance Of Scars
Microneedling can reduce the appearance of unsightly scarring.
In a study titled Microneedling Therapy in Atrophic Facial Scars: An Objective Assessment, 34 out of 36 microneedle patients “achieved a reduction in the severity of their scarring by one or two grades. More than 80% of patients assessed their treatment as ‘excellent’ on a 10-point scale.”
Bye, acne scars!
3) Make Wrinkles Less Visible
Microneedling makes those annoying wrinkles less visible thanks to a boost in collagen production that fills and smooths your skin.
SiO makes your wrinkles less visible, and it has you covered from head to toe, from the SiO FaceLift to the SiO Elbow & Knee Rescue Lift. Plus, the patches can be used up to 10 times, so don’t throw them away when you take them off!
4) Avoid Chemical Peels
Microneedling could be a good option for you if your skin is too dark for a chemical treatment, like a facial peel. Or, if you’re trying to steer away from harsh chemicals in general, consider SiO Beauty patches which are gentle on your face and will leave your skin smooth and glowing!
5) Treat Yourself At Home
While we recommend going to a pro, there are special tools for you to perform microneedling at home.
It’s less expensive than an in-office procedure, and since the needles are shorter and blunter, it’s not quite as uncomfortable. But of course, since the “injury” is not as deep, the results won’t be as noticeable.
Lastly, if you opt for an at-home microneedling tool, make sure to clean it well!
Now you’re in the know about microneedling, and you’re ready to decide if it’s right for you. But whether or not you choose this specific treatment option, there are lots of other ways to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin.
Do your skin a favor and get started with a great skin care routine and SiO Beauty patches. You’ll be one step closer to what you’re after — smoother, more youthful-looking skin!