Microneedling Made Simple
Individuals can experience a number of life changes between the ages of 20 and 40, including career advancement, marriage, and starting a family.
Another less welcomed occurrence is the loss of collagen.
In fact, researchers reveal that women and men experience a 50 percent decrease in collagen from 20-to-40 years old, resulting in less fullness and more wrinkles and fine lines.
Fortunately, microneedling is a non-surgical procedure that many aesthetic experts hail as the best way to combat signs of aging and address common cosmetic concerns.
Here’s how this treatment stimulates collagen and provides smoother, firmer, and more radiant skin.
What Is Microneedling and How Does It Work?
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that uses ultra-fine needles to create controlled damage and facilitate remodeling of skin from the inside out.
More specifically, it causes microinjuries to fine blood vessels in the skin, thereby releasing platelets to surrounding tissue. Platelets then excrete hormones and growth factors to stimulate production of healing fibroblasts and collagen-producing cells.
As a result, collagen and elastin levels in the skin increase to diminish wrinkles and fine lines and restore volume for a more youthful appearance.
What’s the Difference Between Professional Microneedling and at Home-Treatments?
Professional microneedling is completed by a trained and certified provider that uses longer needles (up to 3 mm) to penetrate the collagen-rich dermis. This depth of treatment is necessary for correction of wrinkles and acne scars.
Comparatively, at-home microneedling treatments involve much shorter needles (up to .5 mm) for a more superficial treatment.
What Will Skin Look Like After Microneedling?
Skin may be pink or red for several hours after microneedling. Patients may also note some pinpoint bleeding, which signifies that the treatment is working.
What Skincare Products Complement Microneedling?
Following microneedling, skincare products are better absorbed by the skin and are therefore more effective.
Antioxidant serums like vitamin C work well with microneedling because they protect against UV damage and free radicals that can further deplete collagen.
A daily broad-spectrum sunscreen and moisturizer are also essential components of an anti-aging skincare regimen.
To learn more about microneedling, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.