Are needles the secret to flawless skin?


Early this year I discovered the magic of microneedling. Also called collagen induction therapy or dermal rolling. I love it so much! It can help with things like acne scars, stretch marks, pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and even help with hair loss. Subtle Beauty is so excited to share this wonderful treatment with you and help you achieve flawless skin.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling, is a minimally invasive medical procedure where tiny needles are used to create a controlled wound in your skin. These controlled wounds set off a cascade of reactions in your body that lead to new growth of collagen and elastin.

According to Bellus Medical, there are three phases of the controlled wound repair process:

  • Phase I: Inflammation. The tiny punctures in your skin cause very minor bleeding activating your immune system.

  • Phase II: Proliferation. The skin starts laying down the groundwork to rebuild. Temporary skin cells, collagen, elastin and brand new blood vessels are created.

  • Phase III: Remodeling. Now, your wound has been replaced with new skin tissue and blood vessels. Stronger, longer lasting collagen and elastin replace the “temporary” skin from phase II. This new matrix can create a tightening effect on the skin.  

Does it hurt?

I have had it done several times without any numbing cream. In my experience, you will feel it. It is not extremely painful but it can be uncomfortable enough that your eyes water at times. Subtle Beauty Aesthetics does offer topical numbing cream that can make your experience very comfortable. Do keep in mind that you will have to let the cream sit for about 45 minutes for the numbness to take full effect.

What does the Colorado law say about microneedling?

According to the FDA, any microneedling device is now considered class II. This means it is a medical device and the service must be done by either a medical professional or someone licensed and certified, working under a medical director. Since this is required by the FDA, on a federal level, it applies to Colorado.

What are the benefits?  

It's a great treatment for acne scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, UV damage, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, the NIH states "microneedling is a very safe technique for dark skin types, where risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation is very high with other techniques that damage the epidermis. Microneedling...leads to an overall youthful appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, more suppleness, and elasticity."

How soon can I expect to see benefits?

I recommend a minimum of 4-6 sessions, two weeks apart, to see significant improvements. New collagen can continue to build for 3-6 months after the treatment has finished. So you won't see the peak benefits until that time. However, in my experience, you will notice results in as few as 1 session!!

Who should not get it?

Stay away from microneedling if you have active acne, herpes or any other local infection such as warts, moderate to severe chronic skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis, blood/clotting disorders, are on anticoagulant therapy including aspirin, have extreme keloidal tendency, or are currently on chemo/radiotherapy. In some of these cases you may still be able to have microneedling done once things have been resolved, medication stopped or you have talked with your doctor.

Are there adverse effects and risks?

With any treatment, there is the possibility of side effects and risks. Though most are rare, they must be mentioned. The most common side effects are redness and irritation which usually subside within a few hours. There is the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (changes in color to the skin), aggravation of acne and reactivation of herpes, allergic reactions and infections. Make sure you go to a medically trained professional to maintain safety and minimize risks.

Microneedling is an effective medical procedure that uses your body's natural healing process. The results create smoother, plumper, soft and even skin . It's a great treatment and has wonderful results! Talk to a RN Aesthetician to learn more and schedule and appointment.