At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re all about educating our medical spa patients on the natural processes we lean on for many of our services. While it’s true that some of our products and solutions involve supplementing the body’s own resources in certain ways, many of our most popular services also look to simply complement the natural solutions your body already creates to certain aging issues.
One such treatment is called microneedling, which utilizes the body’s own natural healing process to help create several distinct benefits for your skin. Let’s go over all the basics of the microneedling process, including why it might be beneficial for you.
How it Works
Microneedling involves the use of a number of very small, precise needles that are used to create small wounds on the area of your skin you’re looking to treat. These holes are also called micro-channels, and the areas they are used on will be determined by Dr. Jepson in advance based on your treatment needs.
When these needles are used to create these holes, the skin’s natural healing process is activated. It produces more collagen and elastin, both vital components to skin quality and flexibility. Almost instantly after being injected, your skin will begin to repair itself using natural processes that may not have been touched off otherwise. And on top of all this, your skin becomes more and more respondent to microneedling every time it’s done – meaning the benefits increase with each use. This makes microneedling a highly effective process for removing wrinkles, scars, acne and even facial blemishes.
How it Feels
Some panic at the word “needle” here, but there’s no need to. Microneedling doesn’t feel anything like a shot or another typical injection you’d get – rather, it’s being done by a high-speed motor in the instrument we use, and will feel more like a light sandpaper is being pulled across your skin. While this may be a tad uncomfortable for some, most patients report no pain whatsoever or very low amounts at worst. The only exception here is if you’re using microneedling to help with previous scarring, which may involve longer needles that feel more like a traditional injection.
Minor Side Effects and Care
There are virtually no significant side effects to microneedling, just a few minor ones to consider. You may appear as though you’ve been sunburned in the affected area for anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and some patients will experience very minor bleeding – this is usually cleared up by the time you get back in your car to leave our office, however. All you’ll need to do for most-microneedling care is be gentle in your skin care routine for a couple weeks, including avoiding acidic products that may inflame the skin.
For more on microneedling, or to learn about any of our medical spa skin care services, speak to the pros at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.