Mary Byron By Mary Byron • December 21, 2017

Microneedling: Radiant & Supple

Microneedling is a certified hit for two very good reasons - it is effective for all skin types  and radiant results are visible in as short as 7 days. Microneedling can be done using the regular pen or the precision pen.  The precision pen has more revolutions per minute so it is faster and covers more area. It is more maneuverable and is great for hard-to-reach areas.  Variable needle size and length makes the treatment is customizable.  For those wary of infections, the process is hygienic because the needle cartridges are disposable.  Does it hurt?  Looking at the pinpoint or microwounds created by the pen makes you conclude that it's a painful experience. On the contrary, numbing makes it comfortable even if the  deeper layer of the dermis is involved. Home or DIY microneedling is not effective because the correct depth is not reached - collagen induction is not achieved and you run the risk of infection.

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Microneedling is primarily used for skin rejuvenation. It is effective in reducing signs of aging and sun damage. At  Juvly, we use it to diminish fine lines/wrinkles, smoothen scars, and fade stretch marks. it can be used practically on every part of the body. Though the post popular treated area is the face, we've worked on the neck, arms, back, legs, and stomach as well. Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is recommended for those with moderate sun-damage and deeper wrinkles.  Injected into the scalp, it may help stimulate hair growth.

By pricking the skin with fine needles at a controlled depth, the microwound stimulate the healing process. This involves revascularization and the production of collagen and elastin. This is why skin becomes pinkish, glowing, and more supple. Microscope examination shows that the skin that had been microneedled is thicker. Studies show that too frequent microneedling is ineffective so we space it apart to allow the skin to fully heal.  Although it is not effective on hyperpigmentation and vascular lesions, it does work on any skin color. 

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Is It for You?

If you want to treat areas not suitable for chemical peeling or resurfacing, microneedling is perfect for you. It is not recommended for keloid formers or those prone to having hypertrophic scars. For those with chronic sun damage, the pen can be made to go a little deeper to speed up the change. Typically it takes and hour and there is minimal downttime. However, expect some redness which fades by the third day. You may also encounter some flaking  so give yourself about a week to achieve that much aspired for glow.

Those  with active acne or wounds should heal first. Patients with history of shingles, herpes zoster, or cold sores may need to take Valtrex, an antiviral 3-5 days prior to treatment.

Healing faster can be facilitated by using the proper post-treatment skincare. In fact, studies show that skincare can have as much impact in inducing collagen growth after microneedling. For best results, protect your new skin with sunscreen and use non-comedogenic mineral make-up. 

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