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What is Micro Needling?

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Micro Needling has been around for over 15 years, but it has held the test of time. Also known as dermarolling, micro needling has been named one of the best anti-aging regimens out there. It also has been successful in diminishing acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks and small wrinkles. So what is so great about micro needling?

Micro needling creates micro-injuries so your brain jumps into repair mode and releases collagen and elastin, which is vital in building healthy, glowing skin. The skin heals and results with a thicker dermis and softer wrinkles, lines, and scars. Think of it like aerating your lawn. Micro needling also allows for better penetration of products with little pinpricks that allow the product to reach deeper into the skin.

Micro needling resembles a paint roller but covered with tiny needles ranging from .2 to 3 mm.  Micro needling can also be accomplished by other means such as a pen. Your medical provider will assess your skin to determine the length of the needles to use, making special note of sensitive areas. The needles used by professionals are typically longer, which allows the products and serums they choose to go deeper within the skin. Of course, the dermatologist will also determine if micro needling is right for you and your skin. A topical anesthetic cream will be applied to maximize comfort during the treatment. The procedure does not damage the epidermis, so there is no scarring. The patient may be a little red after the treatment, and could experience mild discomfort (similar to a sunburn) as well as some swelling. The degree of redness and swelling is dependent on how deep or how aggressive the needling is performed  Typically, multiple treatments will be needed to see results.

You can also buy derma rollers online for at home use, but if not used correctly, could be detrimental. The needles on home devices are typically a lot smaller and need to be replaced often. Dull needles, or wrongful use, could result in bad reactions. Especially if micro needling is not right for you, then you will cause more damage to your skin.

Next week, we will discuss another anti-aging treatment that has been deemed, “liquid gold” and it is found within your own body. Paired with micro needling, it can create significant results in improving your skin.