Microneedling has been rising in popularity, not just in Vancouver, but around the world as an essential treatment in many people’s skincare routines. With many consumers rapidly adopting the procedure, there are still some who are unaware of how it works and the benefits it brings to your skin. We don’t blame them. The amount of anti-aging products and treatments available to the average person can make it hard to know where to begin. This guide will take you through the basics of microneedling as well as the results you can expect.

How does microneedling work?

Microneedling therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to restore youthfulness and elasticity to your skin. As we get older, the amount of collagen in our skin decreases causing us to develop looser skin, fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment itself stimulates your body to make collagen in your skin, filling in lines and smoothing out the skin.

Microneedling is performed with a pen containing 13 tiny needles that poke small holes into the surface of your skin. As part of the procedure, a serum called Filorga Medical NCTF 135HA, which is filled with vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid and additional collagen boosters is applied directly through these small holes and into your skin. This allows the skin to absorb the serum more effectively and begin the rejuvenation process. Afterwards, a mask is placed on your face to lock in all the ingredients and soothe the skin.

Does it hurt?

Microneedling may sound intimidating but the procedure is practically painless. A topical numbing cream is applied to your skin beforehand, making the sensation gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive areas of your face.

After the procedure, your skin may feel tender and appear slightly pink, similar to a sunburn. That feeling however is only temporary. The holes from the microneedles close quickly and the redness will go down generally within 2 – 4 days. As the tiny microneedle holes begin to heal, more collagen is naturally produced in your skin causing the skin to tighten and decreasing visible lines.

So why is it so popular?

The popularity of microneedling continues to grow both because it’s a safe simple procedure as well as the numerous benefits it brings to your skin. If you’re still on the fence about this treatment consider the following:

It’s suitable for most skin types. It does not involve harsh chemicals or techniques that may cause inflammation or irritation of the skin. Although most adults qualify for the treatment, exceptions may be made for patients with active infections, eczema, open wounds or cuts.

It can treat a range of skin issues. Microneedling can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, like acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles and even reduce the size of pores.

The appointments are quick, lasting no longer than 60 minutes from start to finish.

It can be used anywhere on the body. Microneedling is not just for the face. You can use the procedure to have younger looking skin anywhere on the body.

Trust a professional

Although many DIY microneedling kits are available, we would recommend going to a professional for an initial microneedling consultation. Many online kits do not offer the same quality needles as the ones your doctor uses and can tear your skin as a result. They also only penetrate the outermost layer of your skin and are therefore less effective. Conducting the procedure at home comes with increased risks of infection, depigmentation and scarring. A professional can accurately assess your skin type in order to recommend a procedural plan that is specific to your needs.

If you are interested in trying microneedling or if you have any further questions, please call us at 604-428-6692 to book your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sutton!