Misconceptions about microneedling?

Beautiful girl recieveing microneedling treatment in Nuance Aesthetics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Microneedling, while already proven to be an effective procedure for clearing the skin, is still surrounded by misconceptions. These misconceptions are usually a combination of heresy, isolated cases, and even fake information. Of course, knowing the fantasies may make you skeptical about it. But don’t worry, as this blog will cover the most common misconceptions surrounding microneedling and confirm whether these are true or fake.

But first, what is microneedling?

Microneedling is a procedure that uses microneedles (super tiny needles) to prickle the skin. These result in minor wounds that allow elastin and collagen stimulation, eventually healing the skin and making it look younger. 

Microneedling helps with the following common skin problems:

  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation (dark spots)
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Large pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage

Microneedling procedures

While having micro-wounds may sound painful, the microneedling procedure itself is not. Before using the microneedles on your skin, a numbing agent will be applied in the treatment area to make you comfortable during the process. After that, the microneedles will start to do the magic.

One session of this procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. And as observed, optimal results are seen after three regular sessions. 

Generally, microneedling is a safe procedure. However, there are mild side effects that you may experience—which are perfectly normal— once you have undergone the process. 

You may feel a bit uncomfortable during the procedure, but this sensation is usually tolerable. Swelling and redness in the area are also joint. And you may also feel a sense comparable to a sunburn. These side effects will disappear after a few days, so you do not have to worry!

Now that you know about how the microneedling process goes about. It is time to address misconceptions surrounding it.

#1 You can do microneedling at home on your own.

In the mid-2010s, microneedling devices have boomed in the market. Of course, who would not bite the idea of being able to do your own microneedling sessions at the comfort of your home? Such a good deal, isn’t it?

However, no matter how much the device manufacturers claim that their devices work just like medical spa sessions, they do not fall for it. These devices are considered unsafe under the hands of amateurs or those who do not even have any experience with microneedling at all.

Furthermore, while these devices function the same as those in the medical spas, the quality of these products cannot match the ones used in professional practice. So, just save some bucks and go the sure, professionally-handled way.

#2 Microneedling leaves holes in your skin.

While it may seem like microneedling puncture holes in your skin, it certainly is not the case. The microneedles leave controlled wounds that are enough to stimulate elastin and collagen formation. These wounds are so tiny that you may not even see them, even up close.

The procedure may leave your skin with some flush, but this usually passes after a few moments. After all, these micro-wounds can help your skin heal better, leaving you with a more youthful look.

#3 Microneedling is not safe around your lips and eyes.

You should do microneedling in accredited medical spas because there are areas of your body that need delicate handling. It is not suitable to use the same needles for your cheeks, forehead, and chin when dealing with more delicate areas near your eyes, nose, and lips. In medical spas, they use different rollers for said areas as they tend to be more sensitive.

#4 Microneedling is only good for its anti-aging benefits.

Most patients only know microneedling as an anti-aging procedure. True, though, as this is the reason why most clients undergo the procedure. With microneedling, you can expect taut, smooth skin with fewer wrinkles than ever.

But did you know that microneedling is not only good for its anti-aging benefits? Microneedling can also correct scars and post-acne marks because it helps stimulate collagen, thus, fading said spots. 

#5 Microneedling is painful and unbearable.

The microneedling procedure may sound intimidating at first. After all, why would you want microneedles purposefully wounding your skin? This is also the reason why many are hesitant to continue with the procedure despite booking them.

But do not paint a negative picture yet. Microneedling is not a painful treatment. The practitioner will apply a topical numbing cream on your skin to make you comfortable during the procedure. This ensures that you do not feel a thing. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for your youthful and glowing skin!

#6 Recovering from microneedling is challenging because of the holes it creates on your skin.

Before having a procedure, you will always be briefed about what to do and what not to do throughout the recovery period. These tips from the practitioner will help you lessen the recovery time and have your recovery period smooth sailing. 

Contrary to misconception, the recovery process for microneedling is not too painful. You may experience mild tenderness and swell in the treatment area, but this fades for a while. You will also be advised to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and always moisturize. 

Microneedling with Natural Growth Factor Injections

While microneedling in itself has already proven that it is worth trying, what if the procedure incorporates another technique for maximum skin rejuvenation? Nuance Aesthetics in Salt Lake City offers microneedling with natural growth factor injections.

This procedure rejuvenates your skin by controlled wound healing then applying your own platelets, fibrin, and white blood cells to maximize healing, elasticity, and collagen production. Talk about ultimate rejuvenation!

Suppose you want to know about microneedling, you can contact Nuance Aesthetics and ask their professionals. Their team is composed of experienced professionals so that they can guarantee that you are in safe hands. In Nuance Aesthetics, you are promised experience, expertise, and integrity. Book a visit now!


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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