You may have heard about microneedling, but are still wondering whether the trendy treatment that many people claim makes their skin look young actually works. Injectables like neurotoxins and fillers reduce wrinkles, but for the other skin concerns that can give away your age—like roughness and discoloration—you also need a tool that induces collagen for skin rejuvenation. If this is the case for you, you may benefit from microneedling. In Illinois, patients use microneedling as an anti-aging method. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles along with numerous common skin complaints, including everything from enlarged pores and acne scars to age spots, sunspots, and laxity that occurs due to aging.
This is because older skin makes less collagen, which is why we develop wrinkles and sagging areas as we age. We also have less oils, fat, and moisture in our skin as time goes on. Anyone who wants to get a more youthful look may need to find a way of replacing lost volume.
The idea behind microneedling (pricking the skin with hundreds of very tiny needles attached to a device to create very small injuries in the skin) can seem a little strange at first. Unusual though it may seem, there is this technique is built on well-researched science.
The Science Behind Microneedling
The microscopic injuries a microneedling device creates in the skin encourage fibroblasts to heal the skin. They also stimulate the creation of new collagen and elastin to replenish volume. This improves the skin’s overall texture and appearance. Side effects are typically very minimal, and there’s no down time needed for recovery. The skin gradually improves as several weeks pass after your initial treatment. You might even have multiple treatment sessions to maximize the wrinkle-reducing results.
The right treatment method for you depends on your skin’s condition and the conditions you want to address. Although microneedling will tighten your skin to make wrinkles and lines appear less prominent, it offers more of a mild to moderate improvement as opposed to a dramatic one. Patients who have more severe wrinkles, sagging, and hyperpigmentation might benefit more from another type of procedure.
Ready to start planning your microneedling session? Our Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois team can provide more tips on optimizing your rejuvenation results. Call 618.244.0031, or submit a contact form to request a consultation with us for skin care.