A lot of my posts are really long. Here’s the shortest possible set of facts about microneedling!
- Microneedling treats problems with texture and color in the skin by forcing the body to “heal” those areas (really, tiny little wounds you put in those areas with the needles).
- Microneedling costs $150-$400 USD per treatment in an office, or you can do it yourself by buying a dermaroller for $10-$15 USD. You have to replace them every couple of uses.
- Microneedling is best for: scarring, fine lines, “orange peel” texture, melasma, sunspots. It can also help with other conditions like androgenic alopecia because of the way it allows for greater penetration of treatments like minoxidil.
- Microneedling won’t change anything about your skin that you were born with. Your natural skin tone, moles or freckles, dark circles that you had from childhood, that kind of thing. Microneedling will give you a younger, fresher version of the skin you have, and will treat signs of aging or scarring, but it won’t erase things that are naturally a part of you.
- Microneedling is great for people with very sensitive skin who can’t use lasers.
- Microneedling is often recommended for people of color, especially people who get hyperpigmentation after a pimple or injury. These people benefit from less aggressive treatments like microneedling instead of lasers, which can result in even more hyperpigmentation for people who are already prone to it.
- Microneedling is pregnancy-friendly and breastfeeding-friendly.
- Microneedling is not recommended for people who get keloids, or for people with bleeding or clotting disorders.
- It’s pretty easy to microneedle your own face (here’s how) but you have to keep your roller really, really clean (here’s how) to prevent possible bloodborne illness–that’s serious stuff.
- You can customize your microneedling treatment and care to treat things like acne scarring, stretch marks, or melasma using specific needle lengths and products.
- Microneedling can hurt with longer needles but you can use pain medication.
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