By now you may have heard of microneedling, a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a device with fine needles to create tiny, controlled punctures (micro-injuries) in the skin’s surface. It might not sound glamorous, but according to experts, these micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process, leading to increased collagen and elastin production.
I recently sat down with Keke Jackson, esthetician and owner of Opulence Medical Spa, to learn more about the sought-after cosmetic procedure that’s getting major buzz in the beauty world.
During our conversation, I was instantly intrigued by the many benefits the treatment has for Women of Color in particular. Find out what I learned about the costs, benefits, and dangers of microneedling.
The Benefits Of Microneedling
According to Jackson, the benefits of microneedling include stimulating collagen production, improving skin texture, and reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation.
“The micro-injuries caused by microneedling trigger the skin’s natural repair mechanisms, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin,” Jackson explains, noting both are essential for maintaining skin elasticity and a youthful appearance.
She continues, “Microneedling also improves skin texture, making it smoother and more even by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. By promoting new, healthy skin cell growth, it can also be effective in minimizing the appearance of various types of scars, including acne scars and surgical scars.”
Microneedling Costs & Commitments
A microneedling treatment can cost anywhere between $200 to $700 a session. Jackson says the recommended number of microneedling sessions can vary depending on the individual’s skin concerns and the aggressiveness of the treatment.
“For optimal results, you can typically expect to go to a series of 3-6 sessions— spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. Noticeable improvements may be seen after the first session, with continued enhancement over time,” she adds.
Microneedling At Home— Should You Do It?
Although microneedling at home has risen in popularity and devices are available for consumers, Jackson highly suggests booking an appointment with a skilled and experienced professional to prevent injuries and infections. For the best results, she suggests finding a qualified esthetician or clinic for microneedling that understands the unique needs of melanin-rich skin tones.
“Professional treatments are more controlled and typically deliver better results,” she explains, pointing out that going to a clinic can ensure a clean and safe environment to achieve the results you desire. “Start by researching and seeking recommendations. Be sure to check licenses and insurance. During consultations, ask about qualifications, experience, device safety, and pricing. Lastly, trust your instincts and feel free to request a test patch to address skin sensitivities.”
She reminds us to also carefully read the consent form. She notes, “By carefully considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and minimize risks.”
Microneedling Post-Prodeure Care
Jackson says that post-procedure care is equally as important as finding a qualified professional. “A careful post-procedure care routine is crucial,” she cautions, noting proper protection from the sun is always important.
For post-procedure care after microneedling, the esthetician suggests keeping your skin hydrated by using gentle, hypoallergenic skincare products. She adds applying makeup for the first 24-48 hours following the procedure is a complete no-no.
During the healing phase, you will also have to avoid strenuous activities and sweating for the first few days to prevent potential infection.
Now that you are informed, will you be booking a microneedling appointment? We’d love to know your experience.