As we age our skin’s ability to rejuvenate and repair itself declines due to decreased collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are the body’s natural ‘youth’ proteins that work together to give our skin strength, elasticity, and the ability to ‘snap back’ after stretching or contracting. These proteins are also necessary to firm sagging skin and improve skin tone. Think of microneedling as collagen and elastin induction therapy.
A skin pen with sterile, tiny needles is passed over the face causing micro-injuries to the skin. The tiny needles vibrate and puncture the skin superficially triggering collagen and elastin production during the healing process.
As the skin heals, new collagen and elastin are produced improving skin texture resulting in a more youthful appearance. At least 5 – 6 treatments 4 – 6 weeks apart is recommended depending on the individual condition of the skin. Best results have been seen approximately 3 weeks post procedure. The skin’s natural collagen and elastin production, as well as the revascularization of the layers of the skin, takes time.
Microneedling is especially effective when combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma). This procedure has been termed “the vampire facial”. PRP contains growth factors that continue to rejuvenate the skin for months post procedure. Microneedling can also be performed in the cleavage area for thinning, crepe paper appearing skin.
Does it hurt?
A numbing cream is applied pre-procedure. Even without numbing cream, the procedure is not painful. One may experience a slight stinging sensation.
What will I look like after the procedure?
One may have redness to the forehead, cheeks, and chin for up to 48 hours. Most individuals appear perfectly normal within 24 hours of the microneedling procedure.
Benefits of Microneedling:
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles resulting in a more youthful appearance
Reduces acne scarring
Firms and plumps the skin
Improves hydration to the skin
Reduces pore size
Improves and evens skin tones
Reduces the appearance of melasma and rosacea
Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks
Reduces the appearance of sun damage