Over the last few years I have tried many treatments on my skin, from lasers to injections. After spending $1000’s of dollars on skin treatments I found that these 2 treatments seemed to consistently give me the most bang for my buck. If you’re brave enough you can even work up to trying them at home! Here they are:
My Experience With Microneedling
I first started with occasional microneedling through my medical spa about 3.5 years ago. I did see minor improvements in my skin after the first session, but didn’t have the patience to try again for another few months. After that second session, again, just minor improvements. But, after another year or so of studying and testing other techniques, the more I researched, the more I came to the conclusion that the science behind microneedling made the most sense and seemed to be one of the most effective things you could do for the money and recovery time.
About a year ago I started doing monthly microneedling sessions, after which, my skin started to make dramatic improvements in firmness, tightening, texture and thickness. Overall my skin just started looking younger. I’m now religious about microneedling my own skin every 4-6 weeks as part of my permanent skin routine.
What is It? How Does It Work?
Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin, creating many “microchannels”. This creates controlled micro skin injuries that lead to the rejuvenating of the skin. The damage caused by the needles initiates a healing response from the body that generates elastin and collagen to those damaged areas. As you may know, elastin and collagen loss are some of the main causes of aged looking skin. Replenishing collagen and elastin in the skin generally creates more youthful, firm skin.
Note: I have never found success with the “roller” type microneedlers, so nothing I am saying here applies to those.
What Other Skin Problems Does Microneedling Usually Treat & Improve?
Microneedling can improve SO many skin issues, such as: fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture problems, pore size, dark spots, acne scarring, pigment issues, stretch marks & more.
How Many Treatments Are Usually Needed?
Usually 3-6 sessions are needed for desired results. Treatments must be spaced at least 4-6 weeks apart to give skin time to heal and for optimum collagen building.
Who Can Perform The Procedure?
Most medical spas and dermatology offices can perform the procedure. However, the microneedling pens can be purchased online pretty inexpensively (usually around $100-200). After having my treatments done several times through a medical spa, I opted to buy the pen myself and start doing my own microneedling.
If you choose to go this route, know that you are doing it at your own risk. If you do choose to do your own microneedling, I would recommend having it done a few times through a spa first, to know the general routine.
When doing my own microneedling treatments I opted for a less aggressive approach and instead, doing more of them. I now do my own microneedling treatments monthly. I use the pin depth of .5-1.5mm depending on the area of my face I’m working on. I use both 12 pin attachments and 36 pin attachments. The 12 pin is actually more aggressive. (Think of how walking on a bed of nails is less painful that stepping on 1 nail).
If you choose to do your own microneedling at home, you will need numbing cream & hyaluronic acid as a glide on your skin for the unit to move smoothly across.
Links to Tools & Supplies I Use & Like
(But there are many other great brands that work as well!)
Dr. Pen Ultima A7 Professional Microneedling Pen – Electric Derma Auto Pen – Best Skin Care Tool Kit for Face and Body – 12 pins x2 + 36 pins x3 Cartridges
Hyaluronic Acid Serum 1 oz, 100% Pure Organic HA, Anti Aging Anti Wrinkle, Original Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin and Fine Lines, Leaves Skin Full and Plump ASTERWOOD NATURALS Dropper Bottle
Numbing Cream 5% Lidocaine Topical Anesthetic– Fast Acting Tattoo Numbing Cream for Deep Pain Relief & Numbing Cream for Microneedling/Piercing/Microblading/Laser Hair Removal/Electrolysis (1 Tube)
Microneedling is considered a ‘minimally invasive’ procedure. It is relatively safe. As with any minimally invasive procedure, though, there are risks of bruising, bleeding, scarring, peeling, infection and/or pigment problems.
Microneedling has long been established as an effective anti-aging treatment. It has been widely used for over 20 years now. Look at some of the credible studies outlining the amazing skin benefits of microneedling:
“low cost… minimally invasive… treatment of cosmetic and dermatologic conditions”
“This systematic review positions microneedling as a safe and effective therapeutic option for the treatment of scars and wrinkles. The current literature does show some methodological shortcomings, and further research is required to truly establish microneedling as an evidence-based therapeutic option for treating scars, wrinkles and other skin conditions.”
“Studies show that people themselves and objective viewers report seeing a 45% to 55% improvement to the skin six to 12 weeks after a microneedling treatment, says Dr. Arndt.”