Microneedling is one of the smartest and the most effective skin procedures of the century and approved by dermatologists the world over. It isn’t just a cosmetic procedure, but a medical one as it aids in restoring skin even after severe damage.
What’s more, is that this treatment is backed by extensive bodies of research and has been concluded as an effective skin treatment. What exactly is this treatment, how long does it take to show results, and what are its benefits? Let’s find the answers to these questions and some more:
How Long Does It Take to See Results from Microneedling?
Microneedling is an all-encompassing treatment that improves skin in several ways. Some of these improvements show up right away, other improvements happen gradually and over time. The first thing you’d notice after your microneedling treatment is skin tightening. You’d also notice plumpness and a glow on your skin soon after. However, you’d notice a huge difference in the appearance of your pores, pigmentation, and overall health of your skin between 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. That’s the amount of time our body takes to boost collagen production and trigger cellular turnover.
The Benefits of Waiting
People who look into microneedling discover that the true results take some time to show up. The revelation makes them indecisive, and wonder if the process is worth the wait. As experts in microneedling and professional makeup artists, we at Reflective Beauty Boutique, Calgary, AB believe it is. Waiting for nearly a month for the results to show is every minute’s worth it, because of two of the major advantages:
- Your new and improved skin after 4-6 weeks will be entirely natural. Microneedling is a process that allows the body to perform its own function, just a little faster. Instead of waiting for the collagen to instigate cell turnover at its regular schedule, microneedling speeds up the process by sending a message. There are absolutely no chemicals, stitching, incision, or anything unnatural used during the process, hence the results are 100% natural.
- Another reason why the wait is worth it is that the changes come gradually, so you do not go through any dramatic, unnatural, and shocking transformation. If you got your treatment on Friday, you’d still show up at work on Monday, looking exactly like you. As the week progresses, you’d start noticing the fresher and youthful appearance on your face, which only indicates that your skin is healthy and thriving.
What Exactly Is This Treatment?
Microneedling is often called a more literal name, that is collagen induction. The purpose of microneedling is exactly that, to induce collagen. Microneedling is done with a hand-held device that has hundreds of micro-sized and hair-thin needles attached to it. When this device is stamped or rolled onto the skin, it creates microscopic injuries. The wounds are so microscopic that we hardly feel or see them, however, our skin signals our body that there has been an injury, hence triggering it to instantly start the repairing procedure.
The skin starts repairing by rejuvenating new cells and the skin ends up being much more elastic, firmer, and thicker than before. The texture of the skin is improved drastically and even years old spots on the face turn lighter. Sun damage, scars, hyperpigmentation, scars, and even some premature wrinkles and fine lines are reduced in appearance – giving you a youthful look.
Our skin is our first best line of defense when it comes to infection. Matter of fact, scars are formed due to the very fact that the skin rushes in to heal to prevent infection. Bottom line is, our body’s first reaction is to heal and prioritize repair over appearances. Scar tissues are proof of that. Hence, microneedling is a safe procedure when –on top of your skin – the practitioner also prioritizes your safety.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The older a person is, the slower their collagen production is. That is why younger people will see the results in 1 or 2 sittings whereas the older generation might need 3 to 5 treatments to get the best results. Your skincare regime and your cell turnover rate is also a deciding factor of the frequency of treatment.
Once the results are achieved, the microneedling procedure can be taken once in 3 to 6 months for the upkeep.
When Will I See the Results of Treatment?
Initial results such as brightness, plumpness, and tighter skin can be seen immediately after the treatment. More vivid and remarkable results however appear gradually over 4 to 6 weeks. At Reflective Beauty Boutique, Calgary, AB our experts evaluate the skin and the expected results and give you an estimated time.
For burn scars patients, it would take 6 months to a year to see the results.
How Can I Extend My Results?
You can make the results last longer by following some simple steps. They include:
- Drinking 8-10 cups of water every day.
- Increasing your intake of Vitamins, A, C, D, E, and K through supplements and/or a healthy diet.
- No smoking, no alcohol.
- Preventing direct exposure to the sun
- Daily use of sunscreen
- Preventing processed food
How Long Does Microneedling Take?
Smaller areas such as a hand will take 10-15 minutes at most. An entire face will take half an hour of treatment. However, if you want to treat larger parts of your body such as your entire back, your legs, or the chest area, the duration will be longer.
Your artist will inform you of the duration after your first consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
As long as you haven’t used Accutane for the past 3 months, don’t have an open wound, abrasion, recent radiation treatment, cuts, untreated skin condition/infection then you are an excellent candidate for the treatment.
Microneedling is one of the safest procedures. The only risk it poses is that of hyperpigmentation. However, that risk can also be mitigated by choosing the right professional. If you are looking for one in Calgary reach out to Reflective Beauty Boutique.