Microneedling is also called collagen induction therapy because it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. The synthesis of both substances naturally slows down as you get older, which contributes to aging skin that’s loose, has poor texture, and develops wrinkles.
Your skin constantly renews itself. New cells are continuously produced in deeper layers of skin. As they grow, they migrate toward the surface, eventually replacing old cells at the surface that flake off.
When you have a normal amount of collagen and elastin, new skin stays strong and elastic. When production slows down, your new skin doesn’t have the same youthfulness it once had.
Microneedling can be performed on your face, neck, arms, hands, décolleté, legs, and abdomen -- virtually anywhere your skin is weak or has signs of aging. The procedure is often used to diminish the appearance of:
Microneedles are exactly that -- they’re very fine, short needles that are controlled by an advanced medical device. The microneedles rapidly make small channels in your skin, which in turn triggers a healing response. Collagen and elastin are naturally produced as healing proceeds.
Yes, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be applied to your skin before and/or after microneedling, which allows the PRP to rapidly absorb deep into your skin. PRP is packed with growth factors that facilitate healing and promote new skin growth.
A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area for about 30 minutes before the procedure. The microneedling treatment takes another 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
You can expect the treated area to be red for a while; possibly up to five days. However, you can wear mineral makeup the next day to hide the color. Some people experience some mild skin flaking or slight burning or tightness.
It takes time for new collagen to grow and replace the top layer of old skin. You should see your renewed skin begin to appear within a couple of weeks. If you’d like to discuss rejuvenating your skin with microneedling, set up a consultation with Dr. Perrin by calling the office or clicking to book online.
*Individual results may vary.