Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a procedure that uses tiny needles to create punctures in the top layer of skin. It doesn’t sound very pleasant but it’s actually a minimally invasive treatment and it is virtually painless. These micro injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process, which increases the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Collagen and elastin are the key components in keeping your skin looking youthful. The collagen provides plumpness and the elastin helps keep the skin taut, so there is less sagging. Microneedling is one of the best ways to prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming, as well an excellent way to treat existing ones. With microneedling’s ability to trigger the growth of new skin cells, it only takes a few seconds to notice a reduction in the fine lines on the face, the crow’s feet, around the eyes and the wrinkles in your forehead.
For patients suffering from acne scars, microneedling is an incredibly effective way to reduce the appearance of the scars. Another benefit to stimulating collagen growth through microneedling, is reversing sun damage and discoloration. Sun damage and hyperpigmentation give the face a blotchy, brownish pigmentation. The combination of increasing the skin’s production of collagen and elastin and reducing the look of hyperpigmentation is one of the reasons that microneedling is very popular with men and women over 40.
Many people worry that microneedling may increase the pore size or make the pores appear larger, but this is not the case. Microneedling actually does the opposite and can make the pores smaller. Microneedling stimulates collagen around the pores in your skin, which plumps them, making their appearance smaller and sometimes makes them virtually disappear.
Microneedling is not just limited to the face. It can be used on many parts of the body. Often combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, It can be used on the head to increase hair growth. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks, again often combined with PRP. Growth factors are found in abundance in PRP which boosts the benefits of microneedling even further.
If you have some skin issues that are bothering you, or you are looking for a more natural way to approach anti-aging, schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery.