Many of the world’s most innovative and least invasive cosmetic procedures leverage the benefits of controlled skin damage. Whether you want to tighten loose and sagging skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, or limit the appearance of dark and pitted acne scars, controlled skin damage may be the key. Treatments like microneedling don’t just conceal aesthetic issues like these. Instead, they resolve them directly at their source.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling penetrates the skin down to its supporting collagen layer. The micro-sized puncture wounds that microneedling tools create incite the body’s natural healing response. As the body rushes to repair its protective covering, it expedites its cellular renewal processes and increases collagenases or the formation of new collagen stores. Collagen both supports and defines the skin. As this foundational layer degrades, people often develop deep wrinkles along the nasolabial folds, peri-oral wrinkles that radiate outward vertically from the mouth, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
While injectable neurotoxins and dermal fillers can temporarily minimize these common, age-related concerns, microneedling actually reverses them. As existing collagen stores are both remodeled and replenished, these treatments can also erase acne scars that affect the texture and integrity of the skin, minimize pores, prevent future breakouts, and leave the complexion smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking overall.
Why Choose Microneedling?
Microneedling isn’t just effective for correcting a broad range of cosmetic issues, it’s also minimally invasive and low in risk. Unlike facelifts and other surgical skin-tightening procedures, there’s absolutely no cutting or tissue removal, and patients enjoy minimal downtime. A microneedling treatment takes just minutes to complete. Although the results of these procedures take time to manifest, microneedling is capable of fostering remarkable improvements in the texture, tone, and all-around integrity of the skin within weeks, and with additional improvements appearing within months.
Microneedling procedures are also incredibly adaptable. These treatments can be streamlined to suit the exact needs of the individual by adjusting the depth of penetration, the amount of micro-wounds created, and by using different topical applications throughout. For example, in instances in which age spots, sun spots, superficial acne scars, and other dark-colored blemishes are the primary concern, serums that are rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and phyto-nutrients can be applied.
As the microneedling tool creates punctures in the skin, topical serums can travel down into the deepest layers of the dermis where they’ll have the greatest effect. Microneedling can additionally be performed with a person’s own platelet-rich plasma and other skin-renewing and collagen-inducing solutions. Most people require more than one microneedling treatment to reach their cosmetic goals, with ample healing time between each office visit. After seeing impressive improvements at the surface layers of the skin, gradual remodeling of the underlying collagen and the gradual addition of new collagen will tighten loose and sagging skin, eliminate problems with jowling, refine the patient’s profile, and fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are often used to smooth out pitted acne scars, minimize static wrinkles, and ensure even skin texture.
However, most high-quality fillers that perform well in these applications provide results that last just months. Moreover, overuse of cosmetic injectables and incorrect application can result in unnatural-seeming results that leave patients looking unlike their normal selves. Comparatively, microneedling simply reverses facial aging. By restoring the supporting collagen layer back to its former level and integrity, and remodeling existing collagen that’s cracked or otherwise damaged, these treatment leave people looking years younger and completely recognizable to their loved ones. Microneedling can also be safely and seamlessly paired with a variety of complementary cosmetic procedures including cosmetic injectables, micro-dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels among many others. These combination treatments are ideal for people with multiple aesthetic concerns who aren’t comfortable with the idea of undergoing an invasive skin-tightening procedure.
By strategically pairing two or more non-invasive or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, it’s possible to achieve the dramatic improvements provided by an aggressive face lift without facing significant risk or enduring a long and challenging recovery process. The best way to find out whether microneedling is right for you is by scheduling a consultation appointment. To get started, give us a call today at 205-352-9141.