If the thought of needles running across your face makes you cringe, then you should know that micro- needling is not as bad as it sounds. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, the therapy treats acne scars, fine lines, and generally enhances your appearance. For most people depending on the issues they want addressed, the treatment is not really uncomfortable. The procedure involves using six tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin so as to produce elastin and collagen. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. The E-dermastamp pen also generates artificial micro-channels that allow absorption of creams, topical gels, and serums into the skin.You can compare micro needling to ventilating your lawn. You create tiny little holes in the skin to create better skin, just as you would your lawn. Before you get micro needling treatment, here is what you should take into account.

The treatment works on a range of skin issues

The most common application for micro needling is for resurfacing the texture of skin. The treatment fights fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, and discoloration among many other skin issues. Even if you do not have any major skin issues, the treatment can give you a gorgeous, dewy appearance and radiance.

You need customized treatment

Micro-needling is not a one-size-fits-all solution. As such, before you embark on the treatment, your esthetician should evaluate your skin and find out what needle depth they need to use on your skin. This is because the needle depth applied will depend on the skin issue you want addressed. For instance, if you have deep acne scars, the needle will have to go further down into the skin. On the other hand, if your issue is something like pigmentation or large pores, you will require less needle depth. Your esthetician will use specific serums during the treatment to address personalized concerns.

The procedure should not be unbearably painful

It may sound intimidating when you hear of micro needling, but most people describe it as an uncomfortable feeling because of the prickly sensation that comes with it. Of course, there are several factors that will determine your level of discomfort.  One of these factors is how deep the needle needs to go into your skin. If you are getting a more superficial treatment, then you have less to worry about since the pain level ranges from mild to none. If your skin issues necessitate more in-depth needling, a topical numbing cream will reduce any discomfort. However, people have different tolerances for pain so be sure to talk to discuss your concerns with your esthetician before the treatment.

It is necessary to go for multiple sessions

Just like microdermabrasion or chemical peels, multiple sessions of micro-needling deliver the most effective and lasting results. With just a single session, you will notice an immediate glow. Evident changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several days and weeks. As your skin continues to produce collagen, you will continue to notice improvement in your skin’s appearance up to six months after the treatment. For some patients, it takes only a single treatment in a year to achieve optimal results. Nevertheless, specialists recommend that you receive a series of three to six treatments spaced about six to eight weeks apart. If you have acne scars, stretch marks, advanced photo-aging or deep wrinkles, you should receive six to eight sessions at six-week intervals for you to see best results.

You will experience some downtime

After the micro needling procedure, expect some redness to your skin right after. Your entire healing time depends on the depth of the needles used and the amount of passes your skincare therapist performs. On average, you will experience redness for two to four days but some patients heal completely in as little as a day.

There are pre-treatment instructions that you need to follow

If you want to heal from the micro needling treatment as fast as possible, let your esthetician know if you are on any blood thinner or medication. Furthermore, if you need to discontinue medication, ensure that you get approval from your physician prior to a micro-needling treatment.