Many have known and trusted microneedling for the longest time. For some, it became their go-to skin treatment where they find an instant glow and, overall, the results they desire. Studies show that patients suffering from the effects of aging are mostly the ones who return to microneedling. We have known it to be efficient in addressing scarring, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. However, does it also work for under eyes? If you are someone suffering from the unflattering appearance of dark under eyes and serums or patches that do not work anymore, microneedling is what you might need!
What is a microneedling procedure?
Microneedling is famous cosmetic treatment dermatologists use to boost collagen and elastin production through the body’s natural healing process. The procedure is also excellent for making the skin tissue firm and smoothes while simultaneously toning the skin. Microneedling is also commonly used on the face, reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles, acne, large pores, and dark spots.
The treatment is safe and with minimal downtime. However, microneedling is specifically suitable for patients with overall good health. It may be unsafe for patients using acne medications with active acne and those with moderate to severe eczema or psoriasis.
The results for microneedling are promising as several patients keep coming back. However, the effects vary per patient and the number of sessions needed. The ideal results are achieved after several sessions, which require a long-term maintenance plan.
Additionally, some studies show how microneedling addresses hair growth issues for people with alopecia.
What is SkinPen microneedling?
According to trusted sources, microneedling with SkinPen is the only device approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The device uses a single-use tip with stainless needles that help create microscopic skin channels using lasers. The needles make a controlled injury that paves the way to collagen production. With this technique, you are guaranteed healthier, firmer, smoother, and more radiant skin. Natural growth factors are also added to your SkinPen microneedling procedure because this boosts the results and elevates the healing process.
SkinPen microneedling may be suitable for you if you address skin issues such as acne, photodamage or sun-damaged skin, scars, overall skin rejuvenation and hydration, melasma, scars, alopecia, and hyperhidrosis.
How do microneedling and SkinPen microneedling with growth factors differ?
The main difference is that a usual microneedling improves several skin areas. In contrast, the additional growth factors using SkinPen microneedling enhance the skin’s texture while hydrating it to a high degree. For specific conditions like scarring, the natural growth factors amplify the results and speed up the recovery.
These growth factors are specialized proteins in our bodies’ various cell types. Studies have also shown that growth factors decrease signs of aging, wrinkles, and fine lines through increased dermal collagen synthesis.
Results and number of treatments
The results for SkinPen microneedling last between three to five months. Because of this, most patients get follow-up treatments twice a year to sustain the results. However, this case varies for different patients because your skincare goals rely on factors such as skin health, skin concerns, and age.
To maximize the benefits of SkinPen microneedling with growth factors, your provider may recommend you to have a series of treatments. The procedure typically lasts for half an hour to forty-five minutes. After the treatment, your provider will apply a cool mask to soothe the irritation and redness on your skin, as you may feel a bit sunburned. Most patients recover in around two to three days. However, over time, there is a continuous improvement because it commonly takes four to eight weeks for the body’s collagen production.
Microneedling for under eyes
We know how microneedling efficiently works in different body areas, but myths claim that it is not suitable for more sensitive body parts like the under eyes or lips. Aside from addressing other skin issues, most patients also opt for microneedling because of the visible dark circles under their eyes, making them prone to wrinkles.
Fortunately, microneedling can also address this issue thanks to the advancement of Science. It is safe for patients in good health; however, you must ask your provider’s opinion if you:
- Have an active acne breakout.
- Are you undergoing chemotherapy treatment or radiation?
- Have keloid scarring history.
- Taking prescription-strength acne medications.
Studies prove that microneedling is versatile enough to address puffiness and under-eye bags, making it advantageous for patients with different skin tones and skin types. Its price will vary depending on factors such as your location, your provider’s expertise and fee, the number of sessions you will need, and other add-ons for your treatment.
How does microneedling for under eyes work?
Before the session, your provider will assess your health history and inquire about any current medications you are taking. This process ensures your safety and minimizes any severe side effects.
During the treatment, your provider will apply anesthesia cream like lidocaine. The anesthesia taking effect can take up to ten minutes or more. But once the treatment area is numbed, your provider will stretch your skin gently in different directions as the microneedling device is navigated. While the microneedles penetrate your skin’s upper layer, you may feel slight discomfort or stinging. However, any pain or discomfort should only be minimal.
After the procedure, your provider may use ice packs and saline pads under your eyes to reduce the swelling.
Like other procedures, microneedling also has several side effects: redness, irritation, skin flaking, swelling, and discoloration. However, all of these are temporary and will eventually fade. There is no dramatic downtime, as you can continue your daily activities immediately after the treatment. Please note that you must apply sunscreen on treated areas and avoid wearing heavy make-up for the first few days after your treatment. It is vital to know that although the results of microneedling are temporary, you are not required to make huge lifestyle changes to maintain its effects.
Since microneedling is well-known, several medical spas offer it, but not all offer quality service. In Central Oregon Aesthetics, you do not have to worry about the quality of service because they provide effective aesthetic treatments while prioritizing your safety.