Listen up, skincare nerds. We believe beauty & brains go together like PB & J, and it’s our mission to equip your gorgeous faces with the knowledge required to make smart, informed decisions about your skin.
Today’s nugget? Micro-freaking-needling.
Grab your favorite Gypsy Cup beverage and settle in because we’re diving head first into the how’s and why’s of one of the most comprehensive and beneficial treatments out there.
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Ah, needles. They’re a necessary evil on the quest for healthy, vibrant skin, and we think understanding why might cool your jets if you’re a little squeamish. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and the main structural component of the skin. Together with another protein called elastin, it forms a highly organized matrix within the dermis that affords the skin its strength and elasticity.
In simpler terms: more collagen = firmer, suppler skin = a more youthful appearance.
As we age, collagen production decreases and we begin to lose some of the firmness we took for granted in our twenties, which causes the skin to look tired and lax.
This is where microneedling comes in. The treatment is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, which is just a fancy way of saying it boosts the skin’s ability to produce collagen. The procedure essentially “tricks” the skin into believing it’s been wounded by using tiny needles (0.5-2.5 mm long) to create miniscule punctures to the cells responsible for laying down new collagen and elastin. The body reacts to these punctures like it would to any other wound: by laying down new collagen and elastin in an attempt to heal the affected area.
We don’t usually condone trickery around here, but we make an exception when it comes to microneedling. Because honestly… what’s a little white lie when the outcome is thicker, juicer skin?
At MELT, we kick off our signature microneedling treatment by cleansing the face and applying a topical numbing cream. A microneedling pen is then passed back and forth across the face, always with love and a well-practiced hand. Our Babes are trained to be meticulous and cautious, only puncturing the skin as deeply as is absolutely necessary for the best results. From start to finish, the treatment lasts about 75 minutes and requires minimal downtime. Other than looking a tad bit sunburnt, the only “recovery” involves some mild flaking 3-5 days after. But it’s totally, 100% worth it.
Aside from total skin rejuvenation, microneedling reduces visible signs of aging, improves skin texture and tone, and replaces scar tissue caused by acne. Seriously: everyone (with the exception of pregnant mamas) stands to benefit from this magical treatment.
All of a sudden, needles aren’t looking too bad, huh?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to get a consultation before getting microneedling done?
While it is not necessary to get a consultation prior to your microneedling appointment, we highly encourage scheduling an express dermaplane so we can take a good look at your skin and make recommendations.
How should I prep my skin for a microneedling appointment?
You really don’t have to do anything prior to your appointment. After the treatment, make sure to avoid the sun, activities that cause excessive sweating, and wearing heavy makeup for ____ days.
If I bruise easily, should I avoid microneedling?
We haven’t personally heard of anyone bruising from microneedling, but we suppose it’s possible. If you are concerned with bruising, consider taking arnica tablets or bromelain supplements. These can be taken 3 days prior to your appointment to combat bruising. You can also apply arnica gel topically to speed up the healing process, even if you don’t bruise easily.
Are there scarring risks associated with microneedling?
There is always a risk of scarring involved with any treatment that causes trauma to the skin, no matter how small. The risk skyrockets when you trust your face to someone with poor technique/training who microneedles way too deeply into the tissue. Luckily, this is a moot point at MELT. Our Babes are truly some of the best and most conscientious in the industry.
What are the contraindications for microneedling?