Aging is an inevitable journey, and our skin often bears the brunt of this natural process. As we gracefully navigate through life, our skin changes, especially during menopause. But I want to introduce you to my favourite skin treatment, microneedling. This has become a very popular treatment treatment over the past couple of years and is an amazing and safe treatment if carried out by a skin professional. Don't attempt to do this at home unless you are advised by your skincare professional with the correct roller and technique as it could result in damaging the skin and cause lots of problems.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a device equipped with tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin's surface. These controlled injuries stimulate the skin's natural healing process, leading to the production of collagen and elastin. Contrary to its name, this procedure is far from intimidating and has become a go-to solution for many seeking to revitalise their skin.
Let's talk collagen – the unsung hero of youthful, radiant skin. From the ripe age of 20, our collagen levels start to wane, diminishing at a rate of 1% every year. The real kicker? The first five years of peri-menopause witness a staggering 30% decline in collagen. No wonder our skin begins to lose its firmness, elasticity, and that coveted youthful glow.
How can microneedling help during menopause?
Now, why is microneedling especially great for menopausal skin? Picture this – a treatment that kickstarts collagen production just when your skin needs it the most. Microneedling is like a wake-up call for your skin cells, encouraging them to revitalise and regenerate. For menopausal skin, our collagen is depleting much quicker due to the decrease in estrogen. Microneedling is the ultimate go-to treatment to boost those skin cells, stimulate collagen, and plump your skin.
My Microneedling Journey
During my peri-menopause journey, I have found that microneedling along with a consistent skincare routine has massively improved my skin and is my absolute go-to treatment. After a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in the texture, firmness, and overall radiance of my skin.
Benefits of Microneedling:
Collagen Boost: Stimulates the natural production of collagen, the essential protein for skin elasticity and firmness.
Improved Skin Texture: Softens fine lines, wrinkles, and rough skin texture, promoting a smoother complexion.
Reduced Scarring: Diminishes the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, and other types of scarring through the healing response.
Enhanced Product Absorption: Creates micro-channels in the skin, allowing skincare products to penetrate deeper and work more effectively.
Minimizes Pore Size: Helps tighten enlarged pores, contributing to a more refined and even skin tone.
Increased Blood Circulation: Promotes better blood flow to the skin, aiding in cell turnover and overall skin health.
Microneedling Targets Various Skin Concerns:
Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth.
Sagging Skin: Improves skin tightness and firmness, addressing the common concern of sagging skin.
Hyperpigmentation: Reduces the appearance of dark spots, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone.
Acne Scars: Fades the visibility of acne scars by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin regeneration.
Uneven Skin Texture: Smoothes out rough or uneven skin texture, giving the skin a more polished look.
Stretch Marks: Can improve the appearance of stretch marks by promoting collagen synthesis in the affected areas.
Dull Complexion: Revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin, restoring a healthy and radiant complexion.
What happens during a microneedling treatment:
During a microneedling treatment, your skin will be cleansed and exfoliated and then prepped using a sterilising solution before your face and neck are worked over using a pen device containing micro sterile needles. After the treatment a cooling soothing mask is applied. The treatment takes around 45-60 minutes.
What should I expect after a microneedling treatment:
Following a microneedling session, anticipate temporary redness, swelling, and possibly minor bruising or bleeding, especially with deeper treatments. A tingling sensation or tightness is common immediately after the procedure, which typically subsides quickly. In the days following, you may experience dryness and peeling, requiring moisturisation that will be advised by your skin therapist. Immediate improvements in skin texture are common, with long-term benefits becoming more pronounced over weeks. Sun sensitivity may increase, necessitating sunscreen use and sun avoidance for several days. Adhering to post-treatment care instructions is crucial, and any concerns should be addressed with your skincare professional.
How long does it take to see the benefits of microneedling
The timeline for seeing the benefits of microneedling can vary from person to person, and it depends on factors such as the individual's skin condition, the specific concerns being addressed, and the frequency of the treatments. However, many people begin to notice improvements in their skin within a few weeks to a couple of months after undergoing microneedling.
Here's a general breakdown:
Immediate Effects: After a microneedling session, some immediate effects may be visible, such as a temporary plumping of the skin due to improved blood circulation and mild inflammation. However, these effects are temporary and may subside within a day or two.
Short-Term Results (2-4 Weeks): In the weeks following the procedure, you may start to notice subtle changes in your skin texture and tone. Some individuals experience a more radiant complexion, smoother skin, and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
Mid-Term Results (1-3 Months): The real transformative changes often become more noticeable in the weeks and months following a series of microneedling sessions. Collagen production increases during this time, leading to improved skin firmness, reduced wrinkles, and a more even skin tone.
Long-Term Results (3-6 Months): For optimal and long-lasting results, multiple microneedling sessions are usually recommended. By the third to sixth month, individuals may experience significant improvements in skin texture, reduced scarring, and a more youthful appearance.
Microneedling, with its versatile benefits, offers a holistic approach to addressing a variety of skin concerns, making it a valuable addition to any skincare routine, especially for those navigating the challenges of menopausal skin. So, here's to microneedling.