Victoria Beckam, Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian are just a few celebs who have openly shared their love of microneedling. And when you look at the skin needling results, it’s clear to see why! So, what are the key microneedling benefits you can expect from the skin treatment? Let’s take a look.
Microneedling Benefits: Is There Anything This Treatment Can't Do?!
How microneedling works
Microneedling works by puncturing the skin with a device that contains lots of tiny, sterile needles. This creates intentional and controlled trauma to the skin, which, as a result, causes the body to repair itself, boosting collagen and elastin production. It’s a treatment that’s praised for its ability to improve certain skin concerns.
What are the benefits of microneedling?
So, we know what it does, but who’s a good candidate for a course of microneedling? And what are the main benefits? It’s actually a treatment that can help with a lot of skin issues, including these six:
1) Microneedling for fine lines and wrinkles
“Will microneedling help with wrinkles?” is a question I hear a lot, and I have good news for you! One of the key benefits of microneedling is that it works brilliantly on fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing skin and making it plumper and just generally more youthful looking. Looking at trying microneedling to tighten skin and make it firmer? Tick! It’s amazing at this. Oh, and FYI, microneedling and Botox are a match made in heaven when it comes to minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
2) Microneedling for scars - i.e. acne scarring
If you have scars such as acne scarring that bother you or make you feel self conscious, microneedling could be a great option. As I mentioned earlier, after the needles on the microneedling device have penetrated the skin, intentional trauma happens and, in the case of scars and acne scarring, the skin then starts to heal, boosting collagen and elastin that then plump the area, filling out scars and restoring the skin’s scaffolding. This means smoother, firmer skin with more of an even texture. It’s seriously incredible stuff!
3) Microneedling for stretch marks
Many of us have stretch marks on our thighs, stomach, upper arms, breasts and butoocks, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all. But it’s something that does affect some people’s confidence. Whether it’s caused by changes in weight or pregnancy, microneedling can help minimise the appearance of stretch marks. Often referred to as tiger stripes, stretch marks happen when tissue in the dermis is stretched, but the healing process that occurs after the initial microneedling trauma enables collagen production to strengthen the damaged tissue, significantly reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
4) Microneedling for large pores
Large pores are the ban of tonnes of people’s skincare lives! But, thankfully, microneedling can play a great part in reducing the appearance. Yep - reducing the appearance - not actually decreasing the size of the pore itself. That tightening effect I talked about earlier? That’s where the magic happens when it comes to microneedling for large pores. See, when the skin starts to heal after the collagen induction therapy, and the collagen and elastin production kicks in, tightening occurs. This is what gives the appearance of smaller pores. See…magic!
5) Microneedling for pigmentation
Another great benefit of microneedling is its ability to help even out skin tone, so it’s a great option for people with pigmentation issues. A well-trained healthcare professional, with the right microneedling tools and know-how, will be able to get down deep into the dermis (below the skin’s surface) to break up pigmentation. Newer, healthier skin is then able to come through that’s brighter and more even-toned.
6) Microneedling for hair loss
Skin needling is also incredible when it comes to hair loss. Sounds unbelievable but it’s true. So, if you have alopecia or thinning hair and it’s something that bothers you, microneedling might be worth considering. As well as generating new collagen production, microneedling also encourages the activation of stem cells in hair follicles. This can then, in turn, boost hair growth.
Microneedling: What you need to know
Ok, so we know how it works, what it works well on and the main benefits, but what else do you need to know about microneedling? Well…
- It’s quick (between 30 mins and an hour)
- It’s safe (in the right hands)
- There’s minimal downtime
- It can be done via a dermaroller or a microneedling pen
- There are some key dos and don’ts to follow after microneedling
- You shouldn’t have it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- You’ll need a full and thorough consultation before the treatment to A) make sure it’s right for you, and B) cover the risks and side effects
If microneedling sounds like the treatment for you, get yourself over to Glowday’s search tool to find a microneedling pro in your area.