Fine lines and wrinkles are among the first signs of aging, occurring primarily as a result of sun damage combined with the natural decline in the production of collagen and elastin, two essential building blocks that helps skin look and feel firmer and more resilient. Fortunately, there are plenty of options a skilled cosmetologist can use to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as minor scars and other textural imperfections, and one of the most popular is microneedling.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling uses a special instrument equipped with a series of very, very fine needles to create very small areas of “controlled damage” in the skin’s uppermost layers. During treatment, the microneedling tool is passed over the skin surface, and the tiny needles penetrate the skin to promote a natural healing response that triggers the release of growth factors. In turn, these substances stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Plus, the tiny openings created by the microneedling device allow skin products to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin so they can be more effective in achieving results.
How does microneedling improve skin’s appearance and texture?
As we age, our bodies produce less of the natural collagen and elastin that are essential for firm, youthful, glowing skin. Microneedling works by creating tiny columns in the skin, promoting the healing responses that trigger the production of new collagen and elastin. Over time, collagen and elastin migrate to the treatment site, replacing old, damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue for improved skin texture and tone.
What issues can microneedling treat?
Microneedling can be very effective in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars, including acne scars, and it can also help reduce large pores and improve areas of uneven texture. The results of microneedling appear gradually as collagen and elastin production are “ramped up” and skin remodeling occurs.
What does microneedling feel like?
Although the term “microneedling” may sound a little scary, most patients who have microneedling say the procedure is completely painless, thanks to the very fine diameter of the needles used during treatment. Once a treatment session is complete, skin may appear slightly red, similar to the aftereffects of a mild sunburn, but these effects will soon resolve.
How many treatments will I need?
That really depends on the issues you’re treating, your skin texture and other factors. Prior to treatment, the aesthetician will perform a comprehensive skin evaluation to determine the optimal treatment plan for your skin’s needs and your treatment objectives.
Find out more about microneedling from our skilled aestheticians.
Are you ready to take the next step toward more youthful, more radiant, healthier-looking skin? Then schedule a free skin consultation with our skilled aesthetician team and find out about microneedling and other treatment options that can help you achieve your goals. Call the Vein & Vascular Institute at 856-309-8346 and set up your appointment today.