Fighting back against the effects of time is never easy, particularly when it comes to the skin on your face. It’s natural to lose tone and tissue starting at some point in your mid to late 20s. The middle layer of your skin contains collagen, a moisturizing and nourishing layer that also gives volume to support your skin, factors that keep you looking younger. What’s more, even while you’re slowly losing collagen mass, your body retains the ability to make new stores. Microneedling is one technique that helps jump-start your body in the right direction.
The collagen induction process
When you suffer a cut or scrape, your body immediately springs into action, clotting the injury to stop bleeding and delivering the raw materials needed to heal. Before long, the injury scabs over and flawless new skin patches over the wound.
Collagen plays a key role in this process. If you’ve ever had a serious cut that leaves behind a raised, light-colored scar, you’ve seen what collagen can do. Scarring occurs when an injury is too big for a normal collagen matrix to form. Instead, large quantities of this protein are manufactured to prevent a major cut from becoming life-threatening.
Collagen induction refers to any method that simulates an injury sufficient to start the body’s collagen factory, while keeping you safely inside the collagen matrix zone.
Microneedling and collagen induction
If you think “tiny needles” when you hear the term microneedling, you’re exactly right. That’s precisely what this therapy entails. Using a special pen or roller, very small punctures in the outer layer of your skin are made over wide treatment areas. A typical microneedling treatment isn’t deep enough to cause bleeding, and surprisingly, many people find the treatment doesn’t hurt much at all. Even so, numbing creams or gels usually precede treatments.
The 5 benefits of microneedling
Effective collagen stimulation - Microneedling does go deep enough to start the collagen induction process, and it does so in such a way as to ensure new growth forms a smooth and healthy matrix. What’s more, a series of microneedling sessions provides long-lasting improvements.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles - When voids in the collagen layer occur, surface skin can collapse into them, forming the wrinkles and fine lines associated with aging. Collagen restored through microneedling starts to fill in these voids, supporting surface layers and resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Improves acne scars - This same process can “backfill” previous damage to skin layers. When acne outbreaks are active, pimples may come so fast and furious that your body’s repair mechanisms can’t keep up. This is the origin of acne scars. Microneedling can soften and reduce the appearance of its characteristic pitting.
Fades skin discoloration - Called hyperpigmentation, things like age spots, rosacea, and spider veins can break up the even coloration of your skin. Microneedling and collagen induction can reduce the effects of these discolorations, restoring an even appearance.
Moisturizes skin - If you think your skin is more radiant after a microneedling session, you’re not imagining it. Microneedling not only starts a resurgence of skin nutrients, it encourages exfoliation, a natural skin brightener and refresher.
Dr. Nikunj Patel and the team at NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Center are here to help you be your best, inside and out. Ask about how microneedling treatments can help you recover a youthful glow. Call the office or request an appointment online today.