Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a procedure using a pen-like device with tiny, shallow needles to create puncture wounds, or “micro-channels,” in the skin surface. Those puncture wounds have two purposes. The first is to cause “micro injury” that prompts the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and various growth factors, filling in fine lines, plumping the skin and contributing to a younger look, reversing the signs of aging, and shrinking pores. The second purpose is to create channels where topical medications and products applied to the skin can be better absorbed and enter deep into the tissues, thus healing the skin and making it firmer and smoother.
Studies in which skin is examined under a microscope have shown that four microneedling sessions one month apart increases collagen by up to 400%; similar increases in elastin deposition occur by six months.
Although there are home devices such as derma-rollers that are used for microneedling, it is far better to have microneedling performed by a professional in a medical/esthetic office to minimize infection risk and get better results overall.
Who would benefit from microneedling?
Microneedling is an effective treatment for those with fine wrinkles, acne scars, post-traumatic/burn scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation (sunspots) and those who want skin rejuvenation and overall improvement of skin texture. For younger people, microneedling can be a preventative measure to avoid aging skin in the future.
Microneedling is not only used for the face, but other parts of the body that have stretch marks and acne scars, such as the chest, back, neck, and legs.
What are the advantages of microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive, cost-effective procedure that can be used for all skin types. It is virtually painless. It is a natural treatment for those who do not like chemical treatments. Also, microneedling can be used in conjunction with other treatments like botox and dermal filler injections to maximize results.
The effects of microneedling may last up to five years after a series of treatments. The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete and the post-procedure “down time,” when skin is in its sensitive state where one needs to keep away from sun and makeup, is no more than one or two days.
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