The process of microneedling is used to remodel the skin by increasing the amount of the protein collagen in the skin. During this procedure, a certified skin care professional will create precise and controlled micro injuries to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These micro injuries only reach down to the dermis so they don’t cause any trauma, but instead, cause a natural healing process that will leave your skin stronger and better looking than before. Microneedling is often used to treat skin conditions like wrinkling, sagging or aging skin, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and a whole host of other issues.
In order to make the most out of your microneedling treatment, it’s important that you understand the whole procedure from start to finish. In this blog, we’re going to cover the different phases of microneedling and in part two, we’ll take a look at a few tips for caring for your skin afterwards.
Clotting is the first thing that will happen immediately after your treatment. Essentially, your body reacts to the micro injuries by closing and protecting the wound from bacteria and stopping the bleeding.This is done through a process called neutrophil or immune cell invasion. During this time, your skin will be very sensitive and you’ll need to ensure you don’t touch your face.
After the clotting phase comes the inflammation phase. Inflammation is used to describe your body’s attempt at removing harmful things from your body and beginning the healing process. Since microneedling causes small injuries all across the face, this process will happen far more quickly than if you had one large injury on the face.
Phagocytic and macrophages cells will work to kill bacteria, release growth hormones, and fixed damaged tissue. During this process, your face may appear red, warm to the touch, swell, and you may feel some pain. This is normal.
The proliferative phase results in the production of active fibroblasts that create type III collagen. Granulation tissue begins to move towards the center of the wound at which point the fibroblasts begin to produce a much more powerful type I collagen. This is arguably one of the most important phases because this is when your skin’s much-needed collagen supply begins to take effect. Once the proliferative phase is done, maturation begins. This is where type I collagen replaces type III collagen. In some cases, this process can take as long as a year.
MDPen is your top choice for microneedling treatment. The MDPen takes a lot of the guesswork out of this treatment process and allows you to experience a quicker recovery time and better results than a traditional microneedling device. On out site you can either search for a practitioner in your area or learn about purchasing your own MDPen and starting your own practice. If you have any questions about this or you’re ready to get started, give us a call.Otherwise, read part two of this blog to learn several tips for microneedling aftercare.