Taking care of your appearance can be challenging, especially when it comes to dealing with the signs of aging. Aging is a part of life, but for some us, it is less forgiving on our appearance. One of the central parts of your appearance is your skin. The quality of skin is affected by many things, and over time, the skin will start to show wear and tear. Fortunately, there is microneedling.
This sophisticated anti-aging treatment is one of the newest and most exciting techniques for giving your skin a revitalizing boost. With microneedling, you can refresh your appearance.
Sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment. Fine needles are used in a controlled setting to trigger a healing response in the skin.
The microneedling device uses twelve tiny needles. As it is moved along the skin, the needles penetrate the skin up to a depth of two millimeters. During the procedure, numbing cream may be applied to ensure the patient is comfortable. The needles are sterile, disposable, and adjustable to match the depth of the skin layer being treated. After the treatment, a soothing topical cream or a moisturizing hyaluronic acid may be applied.
The way microneedling works is through processes called neovascularization and neocollagenesis. When the needles are used to puncture the skin, this triggers a natural healing reaction in the skin. Through this process, the skin improves in texture, firmness, pore size, and the appearance of stretch marks. The healing process also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and results in overall skin tightening.
With microneedling, new collagen and elastin fibers are created as well. Collagen and elastin fibers are essential parts of the skin’s support structures and add to your skin’s tighter and more youthful appearance.
The procedure is effective for all human skin types and is versatile enough to treat many different areas of the body. It has the precision to treat more delicate areas such as the skin around the eyes, mouth, and neck. For those with darker skin types, microneedling is a great option, because there is no risk of the altered pigmentation that can happen with other types of treatments.
Microneedling can be performed in increments of four to six weeks. The recommended number of treatments will depend on the kind of skin condition being treated. For example, scar reduction treatment may require three to six sessions. Generally, results are visible after just one treatment.
After the procedure, many patients will experience some swelling or redness in the first twelve to forty-eight hours. The skin is sensitive after a treatment session, so sunblock is recommended. Patients can return to their daily activities immediately. With more than 150,000 microneedling procedures performed worldwide, no negative side effects have been reported aside from this mild redness and swelling.
The best way to determine if microneedling is right for you is by scheduling a consultation. Generally speaking, patients who have open wounds, skin infections, or skin conditions, or patients who experience poor wound healing, may not be suitable candidates.
To learn more about the benefits of microneedling, speak with Dr. Patrick Maxwell or Dr. Unger.