Microneedling treatments offer plenty of benefits for brides-to-be—whether they're looking to improve the look of scars, treat hair loss or stretch marks, or simply boost collagen for that coveted wedding-day glow, the trendy procedure might just be what an engaged woman needs in order to get the results she's after. Because of the many nuptial-related upsides to microneedling treatments, dermatologist Dr. Kellie Reed says it was her own go-to procedure before she tied the knot. To better understand the benefits of microneedling and how you can make it part of your pre-wedding skin care regimen, we asked Dr. Reed to share the ins and outs of this beauty craze.
Her most important piece of advice? While the treatment can be helpful for most skin types, it's important to talk with a board-certified dermatologist to make sure it's the right path to glowing skin for you.
What's the hype?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, has been around for decades, but it's become buzzy in recent years. Why has the treatment gained so much traction with brides-to-be? To start, microneedling is minimally invasive and takes about 20 minutes to complete each session. The treatment stimulates collagen and elastin production for smoother, glowing skin. You'll see some initial results from microneedling right away, and when paired with topical treatments like anti-aging serums, you'll see continued results over time. "It's an easy procedure with minimal downtime," Dr. Reed says. "Collagen combined with elastin helps skin accommodate movement with minimal wrinkling." Plus, microneedling can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and uneven skin tone, and those are results many women are looking for ahead of the big day.
How does it work?
Dr. Reed says that microneedling is a process in which small needles cause tiny wounds in the skin, which triggers the body's natural healing systems to repair the skin. "Typically, three sessions are performed at one-month intervals," she says. Your doctor will apply a topical numbing cream before the procedure, but it's important to know that microneedling can be painful, and everyone's experience is different. Dr. Reed, for example, says that her forehead and temples are the most sensitive to the treatment, while it actually tickles her on the nose and jawline. If you're planning to try microneedling ahead of your wedding, she suggests starting at least six months out.
Can I do it myself?
If eczema, rosacea, or acne, are not among your skin concerns, you can consider microneedling at home with a dermaroller. Just don't overdo it: Dr. Reed says you can go the DIY route once a month, otherwise you may end up with broken capillaries on the big day. It's also important to note that using a dermaroller at home will produce different results than visiting a professional for real microneedling. Dermaroller needles tend to be smaller than the needles used by professionals, and while dermarolling will puncture the epidermis, the skin's outermost layer, microneedling will go a bit deeper to encourage your skin to produce collagen and elastin. Depending on the results you're looking to achieve, going the in-office route might be right for you.
How will my skin look after the procedure?
While you won't see the full benefits of the treatment immediately, your skin will feel smooth and soft, and you'll likely experience a subtle glow. "Post-procedure your skin will appear pink for a couple days, often appearing like a sunburn," Dr. Reed explains. "You'll want to protect your healing skin from sunlight by avoiding direct sunlight and wearing sunscreen and hats."