Microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive skincare treatment commonly called collagen induction therapy that is used to stimulate collagen and new skin production. It is used for treatment of many skin conditions. A tip containing a dozen or more sterile needles is moved over the skin, causing multiple small puncture wounds to stimulate dermal and epidermal healing.
Typically, your provider will apply a topical numbing gel to your skin to reduce discomfort.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Do you remember falling and scraping your knee as a child? You may have noticed that the skin that grows back was soft, plump, and pink, almost like the skin on a newborn baby.
The foundation of our skin is a matrix of collagen, elastin proteins and a dermal matrix comprised of hyaluronic acid which give it structure and keep it supple. As we age, this matrix begins to break down, and our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to dullness, wrinkles, and sagging.
When our skin is damaged, though, the body kicks collagen production into overdrive to help knit the wound back together. These new layers of skin are supple, firm, and strong.
As the dermapen passes over your skin, it creates many wounds close to each other. Your body begins the healing process, sloughing away the damaged skin and growing gorgeous, collagen-rich skin in its place.
Benefits and Results
Microneedling helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scar tissue, acne scarring, and enlarged pores. It’s even a viable treatment option to help fade stretch marks and melasma!
Once your skin has healed, it will appear more luminous and refreshed. The results build over time, with one study showing that four microneedling sessions over four months led to the skin producing up to 400% times as much collagen and elastin six months after treatment.
Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, microneedling aftercare requires minimal downtime.
Your skin may appear red or feel irritated, and you may have some scabbing and crusting that can last for 3 to 4 days. You can resume normal activities the same day. Just be sure to apply plenty of SPF, as your skin will be sensitive.
Microneedling Pairs Well with Other Skincare Treatments
Dermatologists often pair microneedling with serums, pushing them deeper into the inner layers for maximum effectiveness. Products like Revision Skincare’s Hydrating Serum and NeoStrata Bionic and Aminofil serum are ideal for microneedling, as the hyaluronic acid is pushed deep into the skin, providing intense moisture.
Tensage Growth Factor Serum is another option, as it is packed with anti-aging, skin-nurturing ingredients like niacinamide, antioxidants, and humectants for a brighter, more youthful appearance.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Microneedling is a very safe procedure. Of course, working with your dermatologist is the most effective option. At-home dermarollers are not recommended as they can tear the skin as they roll.
Fall is the perfect time to begin your treatments, with the busy holiday season right around the corner. Give yourself the gift of glowing, radiant skin before all of the parties, get-togethers, and candid snapshots.
Set up an appointment with the providers at ADCI, and let’s get started!