Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure that draws from your body’s natural rejuvenation process by piercing your skin with tiny needles. Your body responds to these micro-wounds by invoking its healing response and creating new tissues, collagen, and elastin.
The process improves the appearance of your skin by reducing wrinkles, tightening loose skin, and diminishing scarring.
At Lasercare Skin Clinic, we offer microneedling as an option to give your skin a healthier, more rejuvenated appearance. Bruce Sanderson, MD, and his team have extensive experience with microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT).
How does microneedling work?
As the name suggests, microneedling involves the use of multiple tiny needles that puncture the skin. From the comfort of our office, we apply a numbing agent before starting treatment. The process works by increasing the production of collagen, an essential protein that keeps the skin firm with a smooth texture. As you age, the collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines around delicate areas or deep-set wrinkles.
When the micro-openings heal, your skin tone and texture gradually improve. A series of treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
Five benefits of microneedling
This cosmetic procedure is so popular because it doesn’t involve surgery and is suitable for all skin tones and types, including darker, thin, and sensitive skin. Still not convinced? Here are five benefits of microneedling treatments:
Improves skin texture
Starting around age 30, two vital components of your skin, collagen and elastin, begin to diminish. Microneedling induces your skin’s healing response. Your skin reacts to the procedure almost immediately and works to close the micro-wounds. Your skin is noticeably softer and has a smoother texture following treatment.
Diminishes the appearance of scarring
Microneedling treatments reduce acne scars in the same way that they improve the overall texture of your skin. When scarring occurs, your body undergoes fibrosis, which pulls the skin down, creating unsightly irregularities on the surface. You may also suffer hyperpigmentation from pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.
Microneedling remedies any changes in the color of your skin that can make it appear blotchy.
Reduces acne including blackheads
If you still suffer from acne or blackheads, you may benefit from microneedling treatments. As the sterilized needles poke holes in the uppermost layer of your skin, they remove the source of the recurring blackhead in the process. Following the procedure, your pores should be visibly smaller, especially around your nose.
Makes fine lines and wrinkles less apparent
Microneedling turns back the hands of time by targeting fine lines and wrinkles. When the microneedling device breaks into the dermis, it triggers growth factors, which allow your skin to repair itself rapidly. Your body stimulates the natural production of collagen, ultimately tightening skin and reducing wrinkles in the process.
Prevents signs of aging
Consider adding microneedling treatments to your regular self-care and anti-aging routine. Microneedling is highly effective in stopping early signs of aging or preventing new wrinkles from forming. Combining regular microneedling sessions with powerful antioxidant serums, like vitamin C, allows your skin to successfully stay luminous and youthful-looking for longer.
Side effects of microneedling
You can lower your risk of minor side effects by taking a few precautions. Drink plenty of water before the treatment and don’t wear makeup to your appointment. After treatment, don’t exfoliate or use skin products containing alcohol. Avoid excessive sun exposure and limit strenuous physical activity.
Here are some side effects to watch out for:
- Skin irritation
If you experience more severe side effects, such as changes in the pigment of your skin, an allergic reaction, infection, or bleeding, contact us immediately.
If you’re wondering how microneedling can help you reach your skin care goals, call our office today for an appointment.