While it may seem intimidating or strange, the idea of using needles to trigger a healing response from the body is not a new one. Acupuncture is the strategic placement of needles into the skin to relieve pain and restore balance to the body, and it is one of the oldest forms of medicine still practiced. Although the end goal of microneedling is not pain relief, it does harness some of the same beneficial properties as acupuncture, like improving blood flow to the treatment area.
Specifically, microneedling is the use of a sterile needle device to make thousands of tiny punctures into the skin. The micro-injuries created by these punctures trigger the body to “heal” its self by producing more collagen, a natural protein found in the body. Collagen is responsible for thickening and evening the skin, and approving its overall appearance.
How does it feel?
Before an MDPen treatment begins, a specially designed numbing cream is applied to the skin for the comfort of the patient. Yet, the experience can still vary based on a person’s skin sensitivity. Some patients have reported sensations similar to light sandpaper passing over the skin, while others have even mentioned that it tickled.
After the treatment, a mixture of copper peptides, vitamins and hyaluronic acid are misted onto the skin to soothe the area and prevent moisture loss. Patients may experience some redness in the treatment area that will dissipate within 24 hours. Additionally, patients may experience some minor discomfort- similar to that of a mild sunburn- for 2-3 days following the treatment.