As we age, gravity takes control of our bodies. Our bones get weak; muscles gradually degrade, our skin becomes loose and crepey. After losing our youthful appearance progressively, some of us take severe actions to return their youth. While many change their diet and take food supplements to preserve their health, other people go for multiple plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance.
Most of the skin procedures that provide noteworthy results in a short period are invasive and highly expensive. However, some methods are cost-effective, minimally invasive and offer the same benefits as the traditional, invasive methods.
One of those procedures is microneedling, which is very popular among celebrities and beauty enthusiasts. The process of microneedling is barely painful and takes less than 30 minutes to perform. Also, the healing downtime for the procedure is very low. Now, let us see what is microneedling and how does it help to tighten the skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a device with small needles to roll on the surface of the skin and cause microscopic holes. This process creates micro-injuries on the protective barrier of the skin, which activates the body’s defense mechanism and signals the blood to rush to the “damaged” area of the body.
During the healing process of the skin, the body generates new collagen that substitutes the damaged collagen cells. As a result, the skin gets a fresh supply of collagen and elastin, which improves the skin’s overall condition. It firms the skin and reduces wrinkles.
To see noticeable results in the tightness of the skin and eliminating wrinkles, multiple sessions of microneedling are required. The average amount of sessions needed for full treatment of each area is from 8 to 12. The recovery time of the damaged skin depends on the severity of the procedure and the length of the needles. Therefore, it is best to wait at least a few weeks between the sessions.
Many estheticians perform microneedling for skin tightening as a part of collagen induction therapy, which also includes other collagen stimulating cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser treatments. The procedure is mainly performed on the face to treat large pores, fine wrinkles, and acne scars. However, it can be done on other parts of the body to promote firmness and reduce scars or stretch marks.
After the procedure, some redness and the sensation of light burning are possible, but those situations will subside within one hour of the procedure.
Best candidates for microneedling are people with good overall health. However, those who have blood-related conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune skin disorders should avoid microneedling. Pregnant and lactating women should consult with their healthcare provider before starting microneedling treatments.
As you see, there are many options to fight wrinkles and bring back the natural firmness of the skin. Before starting microneedling or any cosmetic treatment, it is important to do in-depth research of all possible options and choose the procedure that suits best to your needs, your skin’s current condition and your medical history.