This Is What Microneedling Really Does to Your Face

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Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. It may not sound appealing. But this minimally invasive treatment—whether it’s done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon or at home using a derma roller (a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles)—can be very effective. “The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging,” says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City. (Microneedling works the same way lasers do, only you’re injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.)
One of the main benefits of microneedling is its ability to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. Because of its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, dermatologists have found that a few sessions will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead. “This is one of the reasons I like microneedling—because it’s able to use the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, so the results are very natural,” Dr. Shah says. “And because there’s minimal downtime with it, I often recommend it as maintenance for people who are trying to stave off the signs of aging.” To treat wrinkles, a needle no longer than 1.5 mm should be used. These are the 17 skin-care tips dermatologists follow themselves.
In a study on the effects of microneedling published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, nearly 100 percent of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement in the visibility of their scars. With at-home microneedling, a 1.5-mm handheld roller is long enough to improve the appearance of acne scars. For severe acne scars, however, you may need longer needles for maximum results. Professional grade microneedling devices (used in a dermatologist’s or facialist’s office) can be as long as 3 mm, which will treat deep acne scars that occur beneath the surface of the skin. How effective is microneedling compared to fractional laser treatments for reducing acne scars? Research in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2016 found both treatments to be comparable and effective but gave credit to microneedling for being better tolerated, with fewer side effects and less downtime.

Brittle, dull skin and the appearance of fine wrinkles are definite signs of aging, but many adults also experience enlarged pores. These can fill up with oil and grime, dead skin cells, and foreign matter, and this makes it extremely difficult for the skin to breathe. Individuals experiencing this problem become self-conscious. If this sounds like you, consider microneedling as a treatment for problem facial skin.

Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves the creation of controlled channel wounds, which cause the body to slowly but surely begin to repair skin layers. After several treatments, a new epidermal layer begins to form, and the cells that make up this layer are generally healthier than the cells they replace. Pores become smaller, and the overall skin texture improves as well.

The Science Behind Microneedling

When a multitude of channel wounds are created over a small surface area, the rush of blood and nutrients to the affected site kickstarts a healing process. Since the wounds are very tiny and can hardly be seen with the unaided eye, several treatment sessions are performed over a month or so. This means that the entire skin surface eventually gets needled, and this will result in healthier skin growth. Even more important, collagen production increases, and this smooths the skin even further and reduces pore size as well as the visibility of fine wrinkles and marionette lines.

How We Perform Microneedling

The treatment is completed in less than an hour. Recovery is rapid, as the skin will heal over in just a few days. No post-treatment care is required on the part of the client. After a week or so, we can repeat the procedure. After about four treatments, virtually the entire skin surface has been treated.

After Treatment

Our clients won’t notice much improvement over the next few days, but eventually, the new epidermal layer forms, and it’s more even in tone than the tissue it replaced. Pore size generally diminishes because the skin is more supple and contains a greater amount of collagen.

We may choose to combine microneedling with PRP therapy or stem cells for maximum results. Many of our clients choose to have this procedure performed at least once per year to maintain a smooth skin surface and to keep the pore size reduced.

A Natural Way to Improve Your Facial Features

If enlarged pores and brittle, wrinkled skin are getting you down, there’s a natural, minimally-invasive treatment available. To find out more about microneedling and its benefits, visit All About Me Medical Day Spa in San Diego, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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