Microneedling Results: What Can You Expect?
Published Nov 23, 2020
If you’re thinking of going through microneedling, it’s but natural to want to know what results to expect. After all, this procedure is relatively new. So it’s benefits and side effects are not yet that well-known.
Fear not. Microneedling is generally considered very safe. It works on all skin types and very few adverse side effects have been reported. Plus, it requires no downtime. Meaning, you can go back to your usual activities right after the procedure.
Aside from being safe, microneedling also rose to popularity because it delivers on its promise. A clinical review published in 2017 reported that most patients were satisfied with their microneedling results. It was able to address their varying dermatological concerns such as acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
If you’re still on the fence about it, here’s what you need to know about microneedling including what results to expect.
What is Microneedling?
As its name suggests, microneedling uses very small needles to create very tiny punctures in your skin. These punctures help boost your skin’s wound-healing response which, in turn, leads to healthier skin.
You see, when you are wounded, your skin works overtime to produce collagen to close up that wound. If you’re not familiar with the term, collagen is a type of protein that helps your blood clot. It’s also responsible for providing structure to your skin. The latter is what makes microneedling effective.
With excessive collagen production, your skin structure is slowly rebuilt. All the dips and marks are slowly filled-up. So with constant prickling, the scars will even out and your skin will become much more supple and youthful-looking.
As mentioned, microneedling is a novel cosmetic procedure. So all of its benefits are yet to be established. But so far, it’s been proven to be effective against various skin concerns like:
Microneedling is known for being effective against atrophic acne scars. A 2009 study also confirmed this. According to it, 34 out of 36 patients who completed their microneedling treatment had significantly reduced scarring. 80% of them also rated their experience as “excellent”. No adverse effects whatsoever were also noted on the patients.
Dark spots and other hyperpigmentation disorders can be difficult to get rid of. But results from several studies agree that microneedling can help. It works by delivering topical treatments like tranexamic acid directly into the dermis.
Keloid Surgical Scars
So far, researchers still haven’t figured out what causes keloid scars. But we know that it happens because our body can’t seem to stop producing collagen. Microneedling clears this up by regulating your skin’s collagen production. When used with silicone gel, it can reduce the size and improve the elasticity of the keloid scar.
How Long Does Microneedling Take?
An entire microneedling session usually takes only about 30 minutes. But this depends on what body part is subjected to the treatment. Large areas like your back and chest can take significantly longer than if you are treating your hands or face.
In some cases, the doctor may also apply a serum or treatment to prevent irritation. So all in all, you won’t have to stay for more than an hour or two in the dermatologist’s office. This treatment also has no downtime so you can go back to your normal activities right after each session.
When Can You Expect to See Results?
Microneedling results aren’t instant. You can’t go to the dermatologist today and expect that your scar will heal by the time you’re out the door. Though you may see a slight difference right after the first treatment.
In most cases, it can take up to 1 to 2 months before any results can become noticeable. This timeline depends on your body’s reaction too. The wound healing process in some people can take longer than others.
For collagen induction therapy, it will take at least 3 microneedling sessions to achieve desired results. If you’re looking to get rid of keloid scars, it can take an average of 3 to 6 sessions. Each session is typically spaced out every 4 to 6 weeks.
How to Get The Best Results
Microneedling doesn’t really require a complicated aftercare routine. You can wear make-up and your skincare products as you normally do on the same day. But it’s better to stick with mild cleansers for at least three days after the treatment. Avoiding sun exposure and adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine will also go a long way.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.