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June 28, 2020
By now, most everyone is familiar with injectables such as Botox and Dermal Fillers and the results that can be obtained by improving forehead lines, crows feet, and plumping lips. Unfortunately, along with the results comes a fairly high price point, not only initially, but also for subsequent sessions to maintain the desired results.
With the “birth” of countless blogs and articles written on obtaining fresher, glowing, more youthful skin, the reader is inundated with a myriad of advice on what to try or where to turn. All this information can leave us very frustrated and confused in trying to sort out “fact from fiction,” as well as what procedure or product will best achieve our desires.
Another stumbling block for many people pertains to the prohibitive price tag that goes along with many of these procedures. This thought process leaves many people feeling as if skin rejuvenation and repair is totally beyond their reach.
One of these modern skin procedures that are neither expensive, unattainable, or disruptive to one’s busy lifestyle is MICRO-NEEDLING. Another plus for this procedure is that it not only works to improve the deeper dermal layers of the skin, but also the texture, color, and feel of the surface of our skin.
The idea behind micro-needling is that it creates a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, causing the body to respond with the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers as well as new capillaries for improved blood supply in the treated area.
The skin plumps in response and reduces the appearance of scars, fine lines, discoloration, and other textural conditions. An equally important benefit from micro-needling is the increased penetration of topical treatment gels and serums through the top layers of the skin. As a built-in added benefit, 2-3 days following the micro-needling session, the skin will experience a mild exfoliation of the top layer of dry, dull skin cells.
The only downfall to this progressive procedure is the common dread of needles. But with the universal practice of cleansing and numbing the skin prior to the procedure, the process is totally painless. The electrical tool used in the process enlists a small, disposable disc that has 12 sterile microneedles placed in the single-use applicator. The only sensation that the client experiences is a slight pressure sensation, but this too is completely painless.
In general, the whole procedure takes 20-30 minutes and may leave the skin pinkish or reddened in appearance for possibly 24-48 hours, similar to a sunburn. Foundation or concealer can be applied to minimize redness within several hours following the procedure.
The cost for professional micro-needling in most Esthetic facilities can range from $200.-$400. per session and a series of 2-3 treatments are recommended, spaced 4-5 weeks apart for optimal results, although clients’ notice an improvement in skin appearance with a single session. Most professional skincare specialists offer a series of treatments at a reduced price when purchased as a series.
Considering all the skin rejuvenating procedures that are now being offered, micro-needling stands out as one of the most effective procedures, considering the lower cost, broader areas of skin improvement, and next to no downtime.
And for a continuum in product penetration, select facilities offer a home care “infusion devise” that can easily be used to better implant serums in the skin in between and following a professional micro-needling session.
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