Microneedling is a popular cosmetic procedure chosen by my patients who want to reclaim their youthful appearance. It is commonly used to help with discoloration of the skin, restore even skin tones, and encourage younger looking skin. The benefits of this procedure are vast and because of that, its popularity in recent years has only continued to grow. With treatments that only require about an hour out of your busy schedule, you’ll begin to see visible and tactile results that last for months. Here are the top four reasons microneedling is only gaining in popularity and why you should give it a try.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that goes by many different names, including collagen induction therapy or skin needling. It involves a small wand containing numerous fine-point needles to be moved gently over your skin. Each needle makes a tiny pinprick, also called a micro-channel or micro-injury, to your skin. The body identifies each prick as an injury and begins to immediately trigger its natural healing reaction designed to stimulate recovery for your skin. Also, microneedling allows for better absorption of serums or other products.
1. Promotes Natural Collagen Growth
As we age, the production of elastin and collagen within the skin begins to dramatically slow down, causing unwanted changes to the epidermis. The microneedling process kickstarts new production of collagen by triggering the body’s response to perceived damage. Even though the tiny pricks of the needles on the microneedling wand aren’t excessively large or damaging, the body goes into quick action. Not only does microneedling promote new collagen, but it also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.
2. Reduces Signs of Acne Scarring and Pock Marks
Facial scarring and pick marks can become more and more common as you age. While establishing a good skin care regimen can help minimize these issues, it cannot eliminate them entirely. In fact, dermal fibrosis or scarring that appears on the skin typically occurs during the body’s wound healing process. Facial scarring is often difficult to minimize. The deeper the scars are, the more difficult it is to treat them.
Fortunately, microneedling is successful at breaking down the fibrosis that cause acne scars or pock marks, allowing the skin to relax and resurface itself for a smoother appearance than prior to the skin-needling treatment.
3. Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Looking younger is one of the primary reasons my clients come seeking treatment. Reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles is at the top of their priority list and why microneedling has gained so much popularity in recent years. Wrinkles and lines are the results of damage occurring to the skin whether through the aging process or exposure to environmental elements. Microneedling creates tiny pin pricks on the upper levels of your dermis that kickstart your skin rejuvenation. The damage caused by skin needling is minor but enough to encourage a release of growth factors that renew your skin’s levels of elastin and collagen, resulting in a reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Reduces Hyperpigmentation and Evens Skin Tone
Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of certain areas of your skin as excess melanin builds up and stays in place. This condition isn’t serious and doesn’t cause any real damage, but it does take away from an even skin tone. Microneedling is often successful in restoring the natural appearance of skin coloration as it reduces hyperpigmentation by boosting the presence of matrix metalloproteinases, unique enzymes found in the skin cells.