Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy or skin needling. The procedure has been used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists for years to treat scars, acne, and improve the overall appearance of the skin. There are a variety of cosmetic procedures that can help individuals restore a youthful appearance, and microneedling is among one of the most popular cosmetic procedures administered by plastic surgeons. One of the primary reasons the procedure is so popular is because it is effective and gentle when compared to other skin rejuvenation treatments. In one study, which was published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers concluded the treatment was an effective and gentle way to rejuvenate the skin and treat fine lines, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
How Does Microneedling Work?
An individual will first have an anesthetic ointment applied to the skin, which will effectively ease any discomfort during the procedure. If needed, a plastic surgeon may also apply a thin layer of water for additional lubrication. A plastic surgeon will then begin to move the device smoothly over an individual’s skin, which will cause small holes on the skin’s surface.
The procedure is simple and typically takes about 30 minutes. There will be slight swelling and redness immediately after the procedure, but many individuals describe it as feeling like a sunburn. Microneedling treatments are usually performed about three to eight weeks apart for the best results. It will take time to notice the final results because new collagen will continue to form for three to six months after the final treatment. If you are interested in microneedling, read further to learn how it can improve your skin.
Skin Will Absorb Products More Efficiently
Microneedling also helps skin better absorb skincare products. Typically, only four to eight percent of skincare products are absorbed into the skin. Microneedling creates thousands of small holes on the surface of the skin, so serums and creams will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Reduces the Size of Pores
It may seem unusual that the procedure shrinks pores because it creates thousands of tiny holes in the face, but microneedling actually stimulates collagen around the pores, which will result in plumper pores that appear smaller and less noticeable.
Increases Collagen Production
The procedure also increases collagen production. One study concluded that microneedling is an effective and minimally invasive procedure that increases collagen production. However, the study noted that for the treatment to be effective, patients will need to have multiple sessions. Collagen is an essential component that is needed for healthy skin. As individuals age, they will produce less collagen. Because the procedure naturally increases the production of collagen, it is an effective way to treat aging skin. Not only will the procedure treat fine lines and wrinkles, which are a result of lost collagen, it also treats hyperpigmentation.
Improves the Appearance of Scars
Microneedling is known to improve the appearance of scar tissue in all types of skin. Microneedling can treat keloid, acne, and surgical scars. In addition, the treatment is also an effective way to treat stretch marks on the stomach, arms, back, and legs. Scar tissue forms from the abnormal development of collagen. Microneedling breaks down old scar tissue and increases the production of elastin and collagen. Other treatments, such as laser or microdermabrasion, are not as gentle as microneedling. In one study, which was published in Dermatologic Surgery, researchers found microneedling and fractional laser treatments as effective ways to treat acne scars, but microneedling yielded less side effects than fractional laser treatments. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery found that nearly 100% of the participants with acne scars were pleased with the results of the procedure.
Activates the Release of Cytokines
When an individual has the procedure, lymph and blood serum will be released that contains cytokines. Cytokines are essential for healthy skin because they are proteins that releases cells toward trauma and infection, and they also increase the production of ECM proteins in the epidermis and dermis, which will result in smooth and healthy skin.
Helps Eliminate Blackheads
Microneedling can be an ideal treatment for those with blackheads. The procedure causes controlled trauma with the thousands of tiny needles that penetrate the skin and removes blackheads throughout the procedure. To keep blackheads at bay, it is recommended to have the treatment every three to four weeks.
When having any cosmetic procedure done, it is imperative to choose a plastic surgeon who is qualified and experienced such as Dr. Stephen Weber, who is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, recognized as a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Weber specializes in facial rejuvenation techniques such as facelift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty and skin care treatments such as microneedling in Denver, CO.