The Benefits of Microneedling
Looking for a way to make your skin look younger by smoothing over fine lines and wrinkles, while simultaneously improving tone, treating scars, and minimizing pore size?
While it may sound like a large order, microneedling does just that.
In fact, given the many benefits of microneedling, it could just be the solution you’re seeking for your particular skin problem.
What Is Microneedling?
In a nutshell, microneedling is a safe and effective way to treat scars and fine wrinkles while improving overall skin quality. The main concept behind the process is to create micro-injuries to the skin that stimulate the body’s response to heal the wound naturally.
The wound repair involves three important phases:
First, the skin is pierced to create inflammation. The immune system is then triggered to increase blood flow to the area in order to disinfect the wounds and remove debris. This, in essence, creates new tissue.
Second, the area is proliferated with new skin cells that rebuild the wounds and a fresh network of blood cells is built.
Finally, newly created blood vessels and dermal tissues replace the wounds. The turnover of skin cells increases production of elastin and collagen – which are beneficial in multiple ways.
The Benefits of Microneedling
Collagen and elastin strengthen and add structure to the skin.
Therefore, boosting production of both of these compounds is a highly effective way to prevent and even reverse signs of aging including wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging, and age spots or other discoloration. Plus, microneedling also improves the effectiveness of topical treatments; enabling anti-aging treatments to sink deeper into the dermis.
This is also the case when using microneedling with topical treatments for acne and other scarring. And because the procedure stimulates collagen production that plumps up the area around the pores, it shrinks them. This lessens the likelihood of further acne outbreaks.
Microneedling also works wonders on reducing the appearance of stretch marks that can show up after periods of rapid growth.
And it’s also a top choice in treating the ruddiness and thickening that comes with rosacea – a skin condition that hastens the breakdown of collagen. Stimulating the growth of collagen to counter the breakdown results in skin that’s less inflamed and irritated.
How the Procedure Works
During this relatively easy procedure, an instrument with microneedles that reach a maximum size of 3mm is passed over the skin numerous times. This creates hundreds of tiny needle pricks.
In some cases, a numbing cream may be applied beforehand. But contrary to how it sounds, most microneedling patients don’t find the procedure particularly painful. Depending on the treatment site and reasons for getting the procedure, it can take up to a half an hour.
While generally done on the face to generate firmer, toned, and smoother skin, microneedling is utilized on other parts of the body as well. It can also be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration to promote hair growth. The addition of PRP appears to make microneedling even more effective, since both treatments stimulate collagen growth.
After a treatment, your skin specialist may recommend a serum containing vitamin C, hyaluronic acid or other ingredients to further improve the results of the procedure while healing, soothing, hydrating, and protecting the skin.
When all is said and done, microneedling’s effects are comparable to laser and chemical peel treatments. The distinct advantage with microneedling is there is no long downtime – with patients noticing results within 24-72 hours after the procedure.
Tired of Dull, Scarred, or Ruddy Skin?
Then it’s time to embrace the many benefits of microneedling!
Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our skin specialists. And take advantage of this relatively simple procedure to brighten, smooth, tone, and rejuvenate your skin.