What would you likely do to look younger or generally improve the appearance of your skin?
You want to tighten skin in the Greater Boston area?
Many people believe that having tighter and firmer skin makes a person look younger and more attractive. This is because tight skin appears smooth and has a more youthful texture. However, there is a common misconception that loose and saggy skin is only associated with aging.
Although aging can cause loose and saggy skin, there are other factors that can contribute to this issue, such as pregnancy or childbirth, diseases like cancer, and genetics. Loose skin can affect not only older adults but also young adults or middle-aged individuals, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles, saggy skin, or fine lines. It is commonly found in areas such as the forehead, stomach, and under-arm skin. Regardless of the cause of your loose skin, skincare solutions like micro-needling can help restore your skin’s elasticity and appearance.
Micro-needling is a fairly popular skincare procedure, but the big question here is – Does micro-needling tighten the skin?
Yes, it does.
In this article, you will learn
- What causes loose/saggy skin
- What skin tightening is
- how micro-needling works and how it can tighten your skin?
- Benefits of micro-needling
- Risks and side effects of micro-needling.
- How much does micro-needling cost
What is Skin Tightening?
Skin tightening is a skincare procedure that improves the firmness/elasticity of the skin. Medical estheticians use different methods to improve the skin’s elasticity. While some of the procedures are non-surgical, others are. When it comes to an effective non-surgical skin tightening procedure, then micro-needling is the procedure to undergo. It is not as intrusive as surgical procedures like skin lifts but improves the appearance of the skin.
What Causes Loose/Saggy Skin?
Ageing is the first thing that comes to mind when people hear loose/saggy skin. While ageing is one of the causes of loose skin, other factors can result in loose/saggy skin.
Two things generally affect the firmness of your skin – elastin and collagen. Collagen is the largest protein in the human body that is part of the connective tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, and skin).
Elastin, on the other hand, is the protein that makes the tissues in the body return to their original position after moving. This protein can be found in areas like the lungs, intestines, artery walls, and skin.
Sickness, body trauma, and ageing can cause a reduction in the skin’s elasticity. As people get older, their elastin and collagen level reduces which results in loose/saggy skin.
The interesting thing about the skin is that firm skin can stretch and come back to place easily. When the skin stretches and fails to snap back into position, then you may experience loose/saggy skin.
Asides from ageing, factors like weight loss, pregnancy, and particular diseases can cause saggy skin.
How Does Microneedling Work to Tighten the Skin
Micro-needling works to tighten the skin by stimulating it to produce more collagen. During the procedure, the esthetician will use fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin.
The pricks from the fine needles trigger the body’s natural healing response. This process leads to the production of collagen by making new collagen and elastin-rich tissue. The new skin tissue produced will have a better texture and tone.
This procedure results in firmer, smoother, and generally appealing skin. Micro-needling combined with other serums can produce better skincare results. People have experienced success with getting rid of skin conditions like stretch marks through micro-needling.
Benefits of Microneedling
Micro-needling is a popular skincare treatment known for its numerous benefits. One of the advantages of the procedure is that it rejuvenates the skin with minimal discomfort and downtime. Additionally, it is a flexible procedure that can be tailored to meet individual needs. Micro-needling has various benefits, including a reduction in the appearance of large pores, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Other benefits of micro-needling include:
- Reduction in the appearance of acne scars
- Fades out fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation
- Even our skin tone
- Improves skin elasticity
- Encourage hair growth in people with alopecia
What is the procedure for microneedling?
The micro-needling procedure is a pretty simple and quick procedure. During the procedure, the esthetician will cleanse your body or face to remove specks of dirt and prevent infection. After cleansing, the esthetician will apply topical anesthetic to the specific areas to numb them so that you don’t feel the needle prick. After the anesthetic, the esthetician will use a pen-like tool with tiny needles to make tiny pricks under the skin. The needles used are usually sterilized before use to prevent infection. The needle pricks are so tiny that you would hardly feel them even after the procedure.
During a micro-needling procedure, the esthetician uses a tool to gently glide over the skin to promote even skin rejuvenation. The procedure typically takes between 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Once the procedure is finished, the licensed professional will apply a growth serum or treatment based on your agreement with the provider. The entire process from preparation to finishing and treatments usually takes about an hour.
Does microneedling have side effects?
Although micro-needling is a minimally invasive skincare procedure, you might experience some side effects like every other skincare procedure. If you don’t have any underlying skin issues, you may likely not experience any side effects after undergoing the micro-needling procedure. Some other people may experience the following minor skin irritations:
- Redness of skin
- Little bruises
- Minor soreness, etc.
Most of these skin irritations are minor, you don’t have to get worried about them because they will fade out in a few days.
However, if you notice severe side effects like bleeding, skin peeling, bruises, or infection, then you should talk to your esthetician.
In most cases, you may experience severe side effects after undergoing the procedure if you previously had skin conditions like eczema, fresh/open wounds, active acne, etc.
Micro-needling is minimally invasive, it is good to first check with your licensed professional to know if the micro-needling procedure is right for you.
How much does microneedling cost?
How much you will pay for a micro-needling procedure depends on a variety of factors like
- Your care provider
- Your location
- The type of micro-needling procedure you want to undergo (just specific areas of the face, for the full face, or for the face, neck, and chest)
- The aftercare treatment you wish to opt for
- Whether or not you want touch-up treatments
Based on research, the average cost for a micro-needling procedure ranges from $200 – $800 or even more based on the factors listed above.
You don’t have to pay too much to get the procedure done. You can work with a professional esthetician like Kerry Spindler to get an affordable yet effective micro-needling procedure.
Starting at just $400 + you can book a full face micro-needling procedure