Talking About Spas and Salons

Things You Should Know About Micro Needling

by Colleen Sanders

Microneedling, a fairly recent popular skin rejuvenation treatment, has taken over spas and salons as the number one skin rejuvenation treatment that clients are demanding. Also known as collagen-induction therapy, this treatment uses small needles to pierce the outermost layer of your skin to create microchannels. These microchannels aid in stimulating collagen and elastin production within your skin and also promote the formation of new capillaries. Once your skin is punctured, that serves as a message to your body to start producing collagen and elastin.

What The Treatment Does

The stimulation therapy reportedly improves your skin's texture while also reducing acne and other types of scarring. If you're sensitive to the sun's rays, which creates brown spots on your face and other body areas, you can undergo this microneedling process to treat your skin's sun damage. Depending upon your specific case, microneedling is now also being used for enhancing other skin needs that could require individual skin condition treatment. Therapists use microneedling combined with platelet-rich plasma and stem cells for advanced enhancement skin treatment.

Things You Must Do Before Treatment

Before you undergo your initial treatment session, you'll have to avoid sun exposure for a maximum of 24 hours. Check with your physician if you are on any medications that could complicate your treatment. You could be told by your therapist that you should avoid blood-thinning medications, aspirin and ibuprofen as well as St. John's wort in order to reduce bruising.

Your treatment sessions will last about 20 to 30 minutes, and you can expect to undergo approximately 3 to 6 treatments spread out over a few weeks. You will, in all likelihood, notice texture and tone improvement as early as after your first treatment. Some redness at the treatment site may last for several days, and you should not touch the area treated for at least four hours following treatment. You also will be told to avoid sun exposure for three days following each treatment session.

Home Treatment

Did you know, by the way, that you can practice this skin technique of creating collagen and elastin at home? One physician recommends that you purchase a dream-roller with needles that are no larger than 0.3 mm thick. Use the derma-roller to roll over your skin. It creates micro punctures on your facial skin. Your body then gets a message to produce collagen and elastin. Skin regeneration takes place leaving you with a firmer skin surface. The derma-roller helps to fade scars and allows your skin to better absorb skin care products more efficiently. You can also use the roller on stretch marks and on your scalp to prevent hair loss.