Is microneedling painful?

Are you trying to get rid of acne scars, wrinkles, or sun damage?  You can refresh your skin with microneedling.  Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating therapeutic technique that uses tiny needles to create microscopic wounds in the skin.  It is therefore not surprising that people considering the procedure usually ask – Is microneedling painful. 

How microneedling works

The microneedling device is equipped with tiny needles that cause microscopic injuries in the top layer of the skin.  These micro-injuries activate the body’s natural wound healing response, resulting in the formation of new collagen and elastin that improve skin strength and elasticity.  

Is microneedling painful?

Patients may experience some discomfort when the needles penetrate the skin during microneedling, but it is usually well-tolerated.  However, there are factors that can increase the level of discomfort during treatment, such as the length of the needles. 

The needles used for microneedling can range in length from .25mm to 1.5mm.  When microneedling is done with the shorter .25mm needles, the procedure is essentially painless.  However, when the longer 1.5mm needles are used the treatment is more uncomfortable, as they go further down into the skin (learn more). 

There are a variety of instruments available for performing microneedling, and they don’t have the same number of needles.  Studies have shown that microneedling devices that have more needles are generally more painful than those with fewer needles.

Numbing cream is usually applied to the targeted area before microneedling begins, to help minimize any pain felt during the procedure.

Would you like to learn more about pain during microneedling?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Melbourne and Palm Bay, FL areas, Refinery Med Spa, Melbourne, FL, is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.refinerymedspa.com, or by calling (321) 222-0436.

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