What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device that makes minute pinpricks in your skin. These pinpricks cause just enough damage to your skin to trigger the body’s natural production of collagen, which improves the skin’s tone and elasticity. As a result, your skin looks more youthful.
How does collagen improve my skin?
Collagen is a protein that’s abundant in the body when you’re young, but production slows down as part of the natural aging process. Collagen acts as a support structure to skin and soft tissues, giving them the tautness and tone of youth.
As collagen production slows, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle, but if you kickstart the production of new collagen, you can reverse the signs of aging.
What types of skin problems can microneedling treat?
Microneedling is effective in treating a range of skin conditions and blemishes that are a result of the loss of collagen, including:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Fine lines
- Oversized pores
As well as improving the elasticity of facial skin, microneedling is also effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, particularly when combined with the use of dermal fillers.
What happens during the microneedling treatment?
Your practitioner applies a topical anesthetic about an hour before your treatment, so you don’t feel uncomfortable during the procedure. The microneedling device makes many tiny pricks in your skin at the treatment site, moving evenly across the surface to ensure new skin growth is even and smooth.
The microneedling procedure takes around 30 minutes, and when it’s finished, your practitioner applies a calming lotion to your skin to soothe any inflammation. The pinpricks are so tiny you won’t see them afterward, but you may feel some soreness or irritation, and your skin may be redder than normal for a couple of days.
You can resume your regular activities after the treatment, but your skin is likely to be more sensitive to sunlight, so it’s important to use sunscreen on the treated area. You should see the results of your microneedling treatment within a few weeks.
Microneedling is an excellent option if you want a simple, effective way to boost collagen production and revitalize your skin. Call Starkey Medical Esthetics today to book an appointment.