Collagen is a naturally produced protein that’s one of the keys to firm, fresh, youthful-looking skin. The outer layers of your skin rest on a pad of collagen. As you age, you produce less collagen, and the fullness of your skin visibly decreases.
Boosting your collagen production is a great way to rejuvenate your appearance. At Lasercare Skin Clinic of Little Rock, Arkansas, we provide microneedling therapy, also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), giving your skin a firmer, fresher look.
Dr. Bruce Sanderson and our team use the high-tech SkinPen™ for microneedling treatments, carefully stimulating your skin to produce more collagen and break down pigmentation and scar tissue on your skin’s surface. Could microneedling be the skin rejuvenation solution to your aging skin?
Collagen and skin freshness
The lower rate of collagen production experienced due to aging causes skin appearance changes like the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling tricks your body into accelerating collagen production again by creating small micro-wounds in the surface layers of your skin.
The SkinPen instrument uses a ring of 12 superfine sterilized needles at the bottom of a pen-like tool to create these tiny, controlled injuries on your skin’s surface. In the days and weeks after your microneedling treatment session, your body responds to the stimulation by producing more collagen.
In the deep layers of your skin, new collagen supplements the collagen layer that’s already present, filling in cracks and building up new volume.
More collagen affects how the upper layers of your skin drape over your facial contours, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and hollow areas. Increased collagen can also fill in surface imperfections like acne scars and stretch marks. You may benefit from multiple, spaced-apart CIT appointments to reduce the appearance of deeper scarring.
The skin benefits of microneedling
Increased collagen production isn’t the only benefit microneedling therapy can provide for your skin. This treatment method is also effective for reducing the visibility of hyperpigmentation and dark marks and improving your overall skin tone and pore appearance.
In addition to the collagen induction effects of the procedure, microneedling resurfaces your skin, breaking down damaged areas while stimulating new protein production.
You don’t need to worry about too much discomfort during your microneedling treatment session. We use an anesthetic cream on the treatment area before starting, so you won’t feel any pain. We also apply a soothing cream post-treatment.
And this procedure doesn’t require much downtime. You might see some redness, similar to a mild sunburn, or some slight swelling for a day or two after your treatment session, but that’s about it. To support recovery, avoid exposing your sensitive, newly treated skin to sunlight, hot water, or harsh chemicals for a few days.
To learn more about how your appearance could benefit from collagen induction with microneedling, contact Dr. Sanderson at Lasercare Skin Clinic today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.