If you’re looking for a fast, easy skin care treatment that has dramatic and long-lasting results, discover what a bunch of tiny needles can do for you. Micro-needling is a proven treatment for skin that leaves it radiant, firm and youthful. This treatment has become very popular in recent years, as more people experience the incredible benefits of a simple, painless procedure.
What is Micro-Needling?
Sometimes called collagen induction therapy, it is a skin care treatment that improves skin texture, reduces wrinkles and helps blemishes heal. Micro-needling helps skin build collagen and retain its elasticity.
You might be put off by the idea of many little needles poking your skin. But this treatment is painless, quick, easy, and best of all, effective. It’s also a proven technique to get glowing, beautiful skin.
A Popular Skin Care Regimen
Micro-needling has been featured in a number of beauty and fashion magazines. Leading beauty bloggers and celebrities have endorsed the procedure as an excellent way to get healthy, radiant skin.
An Alternative to Fillers
Many people want to bump up their skin care regimen to take aggressive action against wrinkling, sagging and thin skin. At the same time, they want to avoid using fillers or having more invasive procedures done.
Micro-needling allows you to build your skin’s health in a natural way. It doesn’t require incisions, needles, injections, or surgery. Those are still good options to keep in mind later on, but in the meantime, a needling treatment can give you the dramatic, noticeable results you want.
An Old-School Procedure Rediscovered
Micro-needling was once a very popular treatment in beauty salons and medical spas. It first gained popularity in 1995, when it was used to treat wrinkles and scars. Over time, doctors discovered that it also worked extremely well on other skin conditions and provided long-lasting benefits.
Like chemical peels, this treatment was an established, proven technique that somehow fell out of favor among consumers, only to come roaring back. Both procedures are now regularly used to give customers beautiful, glowing skin.
Today’s micro-needling technology is far more advanced than the old versions. Today’s devices work safely, quickly and painlessly. This treatment is advanced skin therapy with roots in proven therapeutic techniques. Updated for today’s users, it is an excellent addition to your skin care regimen.
How Does Micro-Needling Work?
Micro-needling works by using tiny needles to puncture the top surface of the skin. The practitioner is able to control the speed and depth of the needles based on your needs. The slight, steady poking creates what doctors call micro-injuries in your skin. These tiny injuries cause your skin’s defense and healing systems to spring into action, which prompts cell turnover, builds collagen and builds elastin.
How It Helps Your Skin
Micro-needling uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to build strong, healthy skin. Collagen and elastin are the building blocks of the skin. As you age, your skin loses these two important elements.
Loss of collagen leads to skin that’s weak and unable to fight off wrinkles. Elastin gives skin its youthful flexibility. Many beauty treatments contain collagen or elastin, but these treatments are only applied topically to the surface of the skin. Micro-needling prompts your skin to actually create its own stores of these ingredients, and it does so deep inside your skin’s layers.
How the Treatment Feels
During the procedure, tiny needles penetrate the top layer of your skin. This is very slight and it won’t feel like you’re getting poked with needles. Most people report that the treatment is painless.
One way to think about micro-needling is as an intensive exfoliation treatment. In the same way that exfoliating treatments work by slightly irritating the skin, a treatment session performs a similar function but at a deeper level. The level of discomfort you feel is about the same that you would feel when using an exfoliant.
The Benefits of This Treatment
Micro-needling has many benefits, and they continue to build over time. As you continue getting treatments, you’ll start to see a dramatic improvement in many skin conditions.
Improves Skin Tone and Texture
This treatment reduces the number and size of your pores. That leads to skin that looks firm, tight and smooth. The effect is long-lasting. With regular treatments, you’ll enjoy skin that has a radiant texture.
Plumps and Fills Wrinkles
Micro-needling helps your skin retain moisture. It fills in the lines and creases of your face while the moisture fills out wrinkles. Your face will look more youthful without fillers or surgery.
Stops the Signs of Aging
Micro-needling uses the body’s own defense mechanisms to stop the signs of aging. It helps erase deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and brow lines. It can treat early signs of aging as well as deep wrinkles, which is especially beneficial for those who want to avoid fillers, chemicals, or surgery.
Reduces the Appearance of Blemishes
Micro-needling can help fade away blemishes such as sun spots, age spots and other skin blemishes. It evens out skin tone to make your face look bright and smooth. This treatment can heal sun damage and the deep discoloration of melasma.
Micro-needling has been proven effective at filling acne scars. It also works to heal stretch marks when used on the rest of the body.
Micro-needling makes your skin strong by helping it build collagen. This is a key element in skin health that keeps it elastic and firm. If your skin has lost its “bounce” because of age or chronic dryness, this treatment can put the bounce back.
Makes the Skin Glow
Micro-needling doesn’t just make your skin look good. It improves the health of your skin to give you a constant, steady glow. You’ll notice that your skin continues to improve as you receive treatments and as your skin continues to build healthy collagen and elastin.
Helps Skin Care Products Work Better
Because this treatment reaches deep into your skin’s layers, it opens up your pores and exfoliates dead skin cells. This means that your skin care products will penetrate more deeply and be more effective.
- Micro-needling is a safe and effective skin care treatment.
- It’s suitable for all skin types and skin colors.
- You’ll see results after the first treatment, and continue to see improvements as you get repeated treatments.
Who is a Good Candidate for Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is suitable for anyone who suffers from common skin conditions including:
- Chronic dryness
- Uneven skin tone
- Scars and acne scars
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Rough skin texture
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
What Results Can You Expect from Micro-Needling?
You can expect to see a noticeable improvement after one treatment. Over time, you can expect to see skin that is free of blemishes, discolorations, large pores, fine lines and sun damage.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Typically, you will see the most dramatic improvements after getting three to five treatments. Doctors recommend that you schedule treatments weekly for the best results. A personalized treatment plan can be developed when you visit us for your first consultation.
Maintaining Your Results
Many people choose to continue getting micro-needling sessions even after they’ve completed the initial five sessions. They want to maintain the improvements to their skin and continue reaping the benefits of healthy, strong skin.
It won’t hurt you to get repeated sessions of micro-needling. Your doctor or spa professional can help you develop a treatment and maintenance plan that keeps you looking your best.
What is the Procedure Like?
Steps to the Micro-Needling Treatment
- Each treatment session typically begins with a topical anesthetic applied to your skin, if necessary.
- Your doctor or technician uses the handheld device to make micro-channels in your skin.
- The procedure takes about 15 minutes.
- After your session, a topical ointment is rubbed gently into your skin.
Serums and Additives
Often, your spa technician or doctor will add specialty serums or treatments to the micro-needling procedure. These can be targeted to correct specific conditions your skin has. Some medical spas have their own formulas that can include vitamin combinations, organic ingredients and skin-healing medical compounds.
The micro-needling procedure sometimes includes the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This plasma is derived from your own blood and specially processed. When PRP is added to a micro-needling procedure, the treatment becomes especially effective at healing scars. Using PRP on the body helps to heal stretch marks.
After Your Session
Once you’ve completed your micro-needling treatment, you may have to avoid wearing makeup or adding anything else to your face for a day or two. You will experience a slight redness in your skin that typically fades within a day.
Will Micro-Needling Work on the Rest of Your Body?
Micro-needling works just as well on the skin of your body as it does as a facial. Your doctor or spa technician can use devices in different sizes to give you beautiful skin all over.
What can micro-needling do for the rest of your body?
- It can heal stretch marks.
- It can smooth away wrinkled, sagging areas.
- It heals age spots and scars.
- It gives you glowing, fresh skin from head to toe.
You can have micro-needling performed on your back, arms, legs, shoulders or anywhere that you want smooth, soft skin.
Learn More About Micro-Needling
If you’re ready to get beautiful skin that glows and looks healthy, feel free to speak with the educated staff at Blair Med Spa in Houston, TX. We’re sure that you’ll come to enjoy the benefits of this simple and effective treatment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!