Microneedling Worth It? Here’s What You Should Know  

Out of 559 ratings, 95% of patients are happy with their results after undergoing microneedling, according to Real Patient Ratings. Maintaining a youthful look is something most of us want to achieve. It is no surprise beauty tips and skincare products rank as the most searched terms on search engines. While there are natural things you can do to get a younger skin without stretching your budget, some skin conditions force you to spend more on skincare products and treatments. Fortunately, the cosmetic industry offers a variety of beauty products and techniques from creams to brushes, surgical procedures, and now derma rollers.

If your goal is to look younger, but are not willing to go through surgical procedures, then microneedling is the right option. So, what is the hype about this process? Here’s what you should know.

Skin Rejuvenation

Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves puncturing the skin with tiny, shallow needles. It doesn’t sound appealing, right? But these micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing, which according to yourfootplace.com, boosts the production of lymphatic fluid, collagen, and elastin. The results leave the skin rejuvenated with smoother and even-toned skin. Microneedling addresses a variety of skin conditions like acne scarring, pore size, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and overall skin tone and texture problems. Dermatologists have reported that a few sessions of microneedling can significantly reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. The ability to stimulate collagen and elastin makes the procedure ideal for repairing sun damage and tighten loose skin, a common condition among older men and women.

Because microneedling triggers the body’s natural healing process, it is a safe and natural way of rejuvenating your skin. Moreover, you can do it at home with a 1.5mm handheld derma roller. However, this is only perfect for repairing visible acne scars, as you may need longer needles to get rid of deep acne scars.

Costs and Options

The average cost for microneedling is $200 to $700 per session. But the cost varies depending on the number of sessions you need for optimal results. In most cases, your dermatologist may recommend three to six sessions depending on your skin type, skin condition, and age. So you might spend approximately $600 to $4,200. Again, the costs may differ based on the provider’s experience, location, and treatment area. You can choose to perform the therapy without professional assistance at home or cosmetic sessions. All you need is a derma-roller, which costs around $15 to $140. This method is ideal for anyone looking for a cheap alternative to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, repair visible scars, and hyperpigmentation.

When calculating the cost of microneedling, make sure to factor in added procedures. For instance, microneedling with topical serums like hyaluronic acid costs $240 per session. To enjoy pleasing results, you need to attend three sessions at the very least, with each session spaced out between several weeks. Other added methods you need to factor in include radiofrequency and platelet-rich-plasma. Microneedling with radiofrequency is expensive but worthwhile. This method depends on electromagnetic waves to heal scarring, which is a costly skin condition to treat. Reports also reveal that added radiofrequency in microneedling could cost up to $1, 525 per session.

What to Expect After Treatment

Microneedling procedures take 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area; one reason you may need three to six sessions for effective results. After the first session, you will notice your skin getting tighter and glowing. Also, collagen production will increase approximately two to three days after treatment. However, it might take at least four weeks to see visible results. This should not discourage you, though. Some people report seeing noticeable changes after one week. It all depends on your skin type. The good news is that the new collagen will last several years, making your skin rejuvenate, become smoother and more even-toned.

Like any other medical procedure, microneedling has its share of side effects. Your skin will be red, tender, and tighter to touch because of the inflammation caused by the micro-needles during the process. You will notice that your skin is dry due to the loss of moisture. But this should not trigger the use of skin toners or topical treatments with toxic ingredients like salicylic or glycolic.

Microneedling is a less invasive procedure suitable for all skin issues you may experience. Its ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which increases cell turnover leaving the skin smooth, makes the process natural. Although the cost may seem too expensive, it is worthwhile considering the results last several years.