What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally invasive technique that involves the use of a device that has several small needles. The device is used to puncture the skin in a targeted area in an attempt to help rejuvenate the skin. The puncture wounds provide a controlled wound that can be effectively treated. The puncture wounds are placed in such a way that small openings are created in an attempt to encourage the body to fill them by producing additional sources of elastin and collagen. Because of the new formation of collagen, the skin becomes firmer and more toned than before.
Does Microneedling Cause Side Effects?
Microneedling is minimally invasive due to the fact that many small needles are used to create the puncture wounds that are supposed to elicit the healing response. Other than the risk of infection, other side effects include mild inflammation and swelling. Tenderness to the touch may be present near the treatment area for several days after the procedure. The area may also be slightly discolored for the first few days after the initial treatment. This may be present until the small wounds begin to heal and the collagen begins to fill in the small open areas left by the needles.
What are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling offers excellent benefits. Once the controlled wound is present, the stimulation of collagen and elastin will begin to firm and tone the skin, improving both the texture and color. This can also work to reduce the appearance of various types of scars, the size of pores, stretch marks, and many other types of skin imperfections. The device used in the microneedling procedure is extremely precise and can be used rather quickly, minimizing the amount of time it takes to perform the procedure. Even though a wound is created in the skin, the amount of time spent in recovery is minimal.