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The Benefits of Microneedling For Hyperpigmentation

The Benefits of Microneedling For Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment used to address skin concerns such as acne scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. It is an excellent way to restore a youthful brightness to your appearance and improve your skin firmness and tone. The procedure boosts collagen and elastin production, remodelling the skin, and lightening pigmentation. Using ultra-fine needles, a device punctures the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process.  Since the needles are short, thin, and move over the surface quickly, the epidermis is only minimally penetrated. Once your skin heals, you will benefit from brighter, healthier looking skin, and diminished pigmentation or marking. The minimally-invasive procedure is extremely effective at breaking down hyperpigmented patches in the layers of your skin.

How Can Microneedling Benefit Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common condition that is characterized by dark spots or pigmented patches of skin that result from increased production of melanin, the substance that provides colour to skin. These patches, or scars, can develop from a range of causes including overexposure to the sun, aging, hormonal imbalances, and inflammation. The overproduction of pigment can be addressed with microneedling, as it can break up the cells, and cause the top layers of skin to regenerate. 

Microneedling not only produces skin-lightening results, there is a wide range of benefits, and it is well-tolerated among most skin types and colours. It is an effective skin treatment on its own, but is boosted when combined with the application of skin treatment products. This type of application allows for deeper penetration and absorption of complementary products used. 

Microneedling produces desirable results as a standalone treatment, as it initiates the shedding of damaged skin cells, and regenerates the skin with an increase of collagen and elastin. Once microneedling triggers your skin’s healing systems into overdrive, you will begin to notice new, collagen-rich tissue that provides noticeable lift and brightness to your skin. There is, however, a period of time following treatment that requires some aftercare to help aid your skin’s recovery. 

What Are The Risks Of Microneedling For Hyperpigmentation?
In certain cases, the desired inflammation that results from controlled microneedling may lead to a worsening of hyperpigmentation - especially for people who have higher levels of skin pigment. It is difficult to narrow down the specific contributing factors to this increased pigmentation, as there are many variables, such as genetics, environmental, or lifestyle. For this reason, it is essential to have a complimentary consultation from a skin specialist before you undergo treatment, and to carefully follow any skin care advice given to support your healing process. If you follow a few important tips, you can support that healing while your skin is highly vulnerable.

Microneedling In Calgary

If you want to restore a youthful brightness to your appearance and reduce dark spots with microneedling at the Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic, book a complimentary consultation to meet with our skin specialists. We will assess your skin’s condition and review your budget and aesthetic goals to create a customized treatment plan that will suit your specific needs. Call (403) 253-2555 or contact us through our online form.


Q: Is microneedling safe?
A: Yes, receiving microneedling from a trained dermatologist is completely safe. It has been proven to be safe for all skin tones and types. Microneedling is excellent for all types of skin texture and complexion issues such as fine lines, pigment spots, dullness, acne scars, enlarged pores, dark spots, stretch marks, and scars. This procedure should be avoided, however, if you have a chronic, inflamed skin condition, or are prone to scarring. 

Q: How many treatments will I need to reach optimal results?
A: Depending on the severity of your skin concerns, the number of microneedling sessions required to achieve your desired results may vary. For hyperpigmentation, 3 to 6 sessions spaced four to six weeks apart will offer optimal results. It is recommended that you repeat the treatments within 6 - 12 months to maintain your results. Read some tips on caring for your skin after microneedling sessions.

Q: How will my skin look after a microneedling treatment?
A: After your microneedling session, you may notice redness and flushing for approximately 8 hours. Some consider the inflammation phase similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, however, the swelling will reduce significantly in the first 48 hours. You’ll notice a more radiant appearance after several days, but the full effects of your treatment will only be visible after several weeks. There may be residual effects such as bumps, dryness, acne, or flaking, but healing continues under the surface of your skin for up to 2 months. You can minimize side effects with proper aftercare and gentle skin products. Fortunately, the healing period for microneedling is reasonably short in comparison with other skin repair treatments.

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