I’m so excited to share my microneedling experience with you all and also super excited that we have a few skincare blog posts planned within the next few months because skincare has always been one of my first loves. As someone who has been struggling with acne for several years and has probably tried almost every product and procedure out there, it wasn’t until I started listening to my body and skin, and of course a lot of research on my own that I was finally able to achieve primarily clear skin.
I’m no where near my “perfect” skin goal, but I’m definitely a lot closer than I used to be. Having to do so much research in order to heal my own skin has made me fall in love with just skincare in general and I’m definitely a self proclaimed skincare junkie! I love trying new products and procedures and I am just fascinated with how far we’ve come with science in skincare and how amazing and resilient our skin really is regardless of a blemish or a wrinkle here and there that we might not enjoy.
What is Microneedling?
Ok now let’s focus on microneedling! First, let’s get into what it is and why it’s one of the latest trends in skincare. Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a device with fine needles to create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. These little cuts trigger the body to create new collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is responsible for giving skin its elasticity. Our body’s natural production declines as we age and also due to other factors such as stress and a poor diet. By triggering the body to create new collagen, results from microneedling can improve texture and firmness, reduce pore size, diminish acne scars, and minimize fine lines.
Before the procedure:
I had my microneedling procedure completed at Radiance MedSpa in Weston, FL. I’ve been going to this spa since 2012 and I’ve never had a bad experience, so I was really looking forward to it. My biggest fear for this procedure was the pain. The idea of a bunch of needles creating tiny cuts on my face isn’t the most pleasant thing to think about.
As soon as I arrived I was greeted by Cheryl, my go-to aesthetician, and she placed me in the room to apply the numbing cream on my face and neck. The cream is applied and is left to sit for at least 30 minutes so your face and neck are completely numb. It was actually quite relaxing because as you wait you are provided with a heated neck pillow and blankets, while soothing spa music plays in the room.
After applying the numbing cream:
After the 30 minutes was up, Cheryl came back in the room to remove the numbing cream from my face so that she could apply hyaluronic acid to my skin before the procedure. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring moisturizing substance in the body, in which the majority of it is found within the skin. As we age, the ability for the skin to produce it decreases. By applying hyaluronic acid to my skin before the procedure will allow a deep penetration of continuous moisture into the pores.
Now the part you’ve been waiting for….the actual microneedling procedure. Cheryl brought out a device, that honestly kind of reminded me of the shape of the vacuum device they use for microdermabrasions. I thought that as soon as the needles hit my skin it was going to be agonizing, but to my surprise I barely felt anything. Between the numbing cream and speed of the needles, it’s very hard to feel the needles creating tiny cuts in your skin. I must admit that the most uncomfortable area is the forehead since the skin is a lot thinner there. However, everywhere else you just feel the movement of the device amongst your skin and that’s about it.
Once you get started, it’s a fairly quick procedure and takes about as much time as it would for a facial. After you’re done, you are free to go about your day as planned and it’s just asked that you don’t apply anything to your face for at least 90 minutes after and to stay out of the sun for the next few days. Right after the procedure my skin was fairly red and sensitive and was burning just very slightly with mild tightness. Nothing that was unbearable or affected the rest of my day and I was told it was completely normal as a part of the healing process.
30 Days after my 1st session and one week after my 2nd session:
After completing my first session, I returned to the spa for my second session three weeks later as they recommended. My overall thoughts are that microneedling is indeed worth the hype. my skin slowing became softer and my pores were definitely smaller in size after my first session. However, it was the second session that sealed the deal for me. Within 24 hours of my second session, I was told by people that my skin was glowing and I could definitely notice a difference in the texture of my skin.
I was told that the full results begin to appear within 30-60 days of each session, so I’ll definitely keep you all posted on my progress. For a more detailed look at the procedure our “Beauty” IG story highlight category has a video of my second session, so head over to our Instagram – @brnzblog !
What are your thoughts on microneedling? Would you try it?