Sounds kinda scary, doesn’t it? At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about this treatment. The reality is, however, that microneedling is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after esthetic treatments. It is rivaling what more expensive treatments like fraxel laser can do at a fraction of the cost. Microneedling is also considered non-invasive and has next to no downtime. The key is to understand how it really works.
When microneedling first came out several years back, they created a roller. This device employs several tiny needles that create little channels in the skin. By creating these channels, it tricks your brain into thinking that the skin has been injured and that new skin needs to be produced. You typically don’t feel the needles (think of acupuncture if you have ever experienced that), but you may feel the pressure of the device. The trouble with the roller, however, is that it’s hard to keep consistent pressure so that the needles don’t go deeper than they should. You also roll the same pattern over the skin, so it can be difficult to create more channels.
The next version of the device that came out is the microneedling pen. Then pen also employs several tiny needles (they can come at different lengths depending on the work being done) that are dragged across the skin. The pen also creates tiny channels in the skin. The trouble with the pen, however, is that it can also create tears in the skin because of how it is dragged across the surface.
The latest version (and best, in my opinion) of the microneedling device is the gun. This device also employs very fine and very small needles, but they are at a fixed depth and area administered via a stamping method. This prevents any tearing in the skin and also allows many more channels to be created by overlapping the treated areas. So you can get the double the results with less risk and irritation. This new treatment also employs the homecare use of 2 serums that contain Epidermal Growth Factors (EGFs) like stem cells which help to create and grow new collagen. Creating collagen is how we get that perfect, plump, baby-like skin.
I experienced the stamping gun method last month at the International Esthetics & Cosmetics show in Las Vegas. My philosophy is that I must experience a treatment first before administering to my lovely clients so that I can truly articulate what they can expect. I have to admit I was a little nervous and started to sweat before we started! I was surprised at how it did not hurt, but instead just felt like pressure being applied to my face. Almost like a tiny vibrating hammer that stamps along your skin. I have always had acne scarring on my cheeks from when I was a teenager that I have struggled to correct, so I was excited to see the results. Immediately following the treatment, my skin was pink for about 5-10 minutes and then went away. I have very sensitive and very reactive skin, so I was shocked and how quickly the redness disappeared. Over the next several days, I could definitely see a lessening of my scarring thanks to the miconeedling treatment. That was just one session, so I can only imagine what a few more would do.
I’m so excited to begin offering this awesome new treatment at Sweet Life! The cool thing about microneedling is that it can treat a variety of skin conditions: wrinkles, acne scarring, pigmentation, crow’s feet, and even stretch marks. We will be offering these treatments in either single sessions, 3 sessions, or 5 sessions inclusive of the homecare serums. Results are lasting and semi-permanent after just a handful of treatments, so you can enjoy a positive change in your skin in less time. Come check it out!