Let’s discuss one of our most highly requested nonsurgical procedures … microneedling. It’s a minimally invasive treatment growing in popularity because it’s quick, effective, and highly versatile. So, what is microneedling good for? Some of its uses might surprise you. Keep reading to find out how this go-to treatment can improve the tone and texture of your skin due to aging—and how it can also be used to address hair loss, stretch marks, and other common concerns.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling penetrates your skin’s surface with fine needles to trigger a natural wound-healing response. As your skin heals, it produces more collagen and elastin, rejuvenating the skin from the inside out. This process leaves your skin looking and feeling smoother, tighter, and more youthful. Most patients benefit from at least 3 treatments spaced about a month apart.
Part of the appeal of microneedling is that it is safe and suitable for all skin types. It can be used to address a wide variety of issues, including:
- Skin quality and texture
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Skin elasticity
- Hair loss (alopecia)
We also find that many of our dermal filler patients opt for microneedling to enhance their overall results. However, patients with significant skin laxity typically benefit from a comprehensive surgical facelift rather than microneedling.
How Does Microneedling for Hair Loss Work?
While microneedling is mainly used on the face, neck, chest, and hands, studies show that it can also effectively treat hair loss due to conditions such as alopecia. Just as microneedling triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism in your skin, it helps thicken thinning hair by stimulating stem cells and growth factors. This is excellent news for our patients combating male and female pattern baldness.
Does Microneedling Really Work for Stretch Marks?
Patients frequently ask us about microneedling to diminish the appearance of stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, and arms. These “battle wounds” are often the result of rapid weight changes or hormonal issues. By making tiny micro-wounds in damaged skin, microneedling triggers collagen remodeling and production that reduces the appearance of unsightly and unwanted stretch marks. It works in much the same way to address acne, wound, burn, and chicken pox scars.
How Long Does Microneedling Last?
Microneedling results can vary depending on factors such as your age and skin condition. After your series of initial treatments, we typically recommend coming back for maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 months. Maintaining a good skincare routine and protecting your skin from the sun can help you prolong your microneedling results.
Why Choose Microneedling Over Other Skin Treatments?
There are dozens of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation options on the market, and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. Our experienced team will advise you about the treatments they believe will give you the best results, but here are a few reasons so many people choose microneedling:
- It’s a quick, safe, and minimally invasive option for skin rejuvenation.
- It promotes natural healing and skin regeneration that aids skin elasticity.
- It’s a versatile procedure that addresses many skin issues.
- It is safe for all skin types, even dark skin tones, without the risk of discoloration.
- Results appear subtly and gradually as collagen builds.
- It’s a comfortable procedure that requires minimal downtime.