What is Microneedling?
One of the most effective treatments for anti-aging is the stimulation of your body’s natural collagen production. Microneedling is a treatment helps to promote the development of collagen on a cellular level. Microneedling works by creating controlled micro-trauma to the tissues. This signals inflammatory markers, which in turn stimulates collagen production. By using this shock factor against the skin, collagen genesis will result.
How is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling can be performed in many different ways, but the safest and most effective method is through the use of an FDA-approved medical device called the SkinPen®. This handheld device has an oscillating tip that contains tiny microneedles and is gently run along the skin, inducing the controlled micro-trauma as it goes.
What Results Can I Expect from My Microneedling Treatment?
Immediately after the procedure, the treatment area will have some mild to moderate redness and swelling, which typically resolves within 24-48 hours. The skin will immediately appear smoother and tighter. Microneedling helps to address skin texture issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, acne, and scarring.
Can Microneedling Be Combined with Other Treatments?
Microneedling pairs very nicely with other mechanisms of promoting collagen growth, such as fractional laser treatments, chemical peels, and medical-grade skin care. It is important to combine different shock factor mechanisms such as these to prevent the skin from reaching a plateau in which it no longer reacts to treatments.
How Many Microneedling Treatments Do I Need?
It is recommended to perform a series of at least three microneedling treatments for optimal results and to pair these treatments with proper skin care as well. This will provide the most optimal cosmetic benefits for skin resurfacing and textural irregularities.
To learn more about microneedling or to schedule a consultation, please contact Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today. We look forward to helping you achieve all of your skin care goals.