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Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to treat various skin problems by stimulating collagen production.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, needle dermabrasion, or dermal remodelling, this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. It involves the use of hand held instrument with tiny needles which create multiple micro-injuries in the skin, breakdown old collagen strands and induce new collagen synthesis. The hand held instrument with tiny needles creates multiple superficial puncture wounds in the skin.These tiny micro-injuries in the upper dermis trigger wound healing which involves influx of numerous growth factors into the area. This in turn increases the invasion of fibroblasts which are the primary cells producing collagen and elastin. Over a period, the newly laid collagen and elastin remodels and matures, making the skin smoother, firmer and more toned.
It can improve a wide variety of conditions including:
Microneedling can be safely performed in any individual of any skin colour.
It can be performed using different types of instruments like:
The procedure is associated with some discomfort, so to make you comfortable, a topical anaesthesia cream is applied for 30 minutes before the procedure.
The steps of the treatment are
There might be some skin irritation and redness during the first few days post-procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” made by the needles in your skin. You can go back to work after the procedure if you’re comfortable.
The outcomes of Microneedling depend on several factors and conditions suffered by the patient in the past.
Micro needling is an absolutely safe treatment without any adverse effects. The minor skin irritation and redness and swelling may occurs which is temporary and usually subsides in a couple of days.
However, proper post-procedure skin care as advised by the doctor is essential.
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