Collagen and elastin - the proteins that give structure, volume, and lift to your skin - are crucial to youthful and radiant skin. However, aging depletes our skin of these essential proteins, making it sag and look dull.
Luckily, we can get our skin to produce more collagen even as we age - thanks to collagen induction therapy.
Take microneedling, for instance. Read on and find out more about what microneedling is and how it boosts the skin’s collagen production.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure that uses fine needles to create controlled micro tears on the skin. These tiny punctures initiate a wound-healing process that, in turn, boosts the skin’s ability to produce more collagen and elastin.
What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling?
Microneedling rejuvenates skin by stimulating the production of new collagen. It basically enables the skin to regenerate and renew itself from a cellular level. Here are some of the other benefits of microneedling:
Helps plump the skin and thus smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Reduces hyperpigmentation and evens out the skin tone.
Minimizes large pores.
Helps reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Improves skin elasticity.
Allows topical skincare products such as serums to penetrate the skin better and produce more effective results.
How Does Microneedling Stimulate Collagen Production?
Microneedling treatment (aka collagen induction therapy) brings about the same process that happens when your body heals a wound.
When you cut or scratch yourself, this kicks off a cascade of healing responses:
To begin, collagen and platelets (wound healing cells) come together to form a barrier to prevent bleeding. This triggers your defense system to send defensive cells to the injured site. These cells don’t just fight off the bacteria, but also repair the damaged tissue.
The body’s next step is to fill in and close the wound gap, before it produces collagen and elastin proteins to strengthen and heal the newly-repaired tissue.
Microneedling is based on this exact principle. Handheld microneedling devices have numerous tiny needles that carefully puncture the superficial layers of your skin, causing a release of growth factors and stem cells- and triggering an increase in the production of collagen.
The number of needles on microneedling devices vary from a dozen up to 160. Different devices also have adjustable settings that allow them to penetrate different depths. A qualified and experienced practitioner should be able to determine the best treatment plan for your unique concerns.
What To Expect From Your Microneedling Treatment
A microneedling treatment is minimally invasive and is safe for all skin types and tones. Some patients do experience mild discomfort, but this is usually prevented with the use of topical numbing agents.
The procedure itself is relatively quick and can be completed in as fast as 15 minutes depending on which area is being treated.
Microneedling is usually performed on the face, neck, and hands. However, it can also be performed elsewhere on the body.
The results can last months, though some patients might need more than one session to get the results they want.
The expert providers at VIKARA Esthetics, Miami, FL, are highly trained to deliver a safe and effective microneedling treatment. Countless patients have been satisfied by its skin rejuvenating and renewing benefits so, if you’re looking to revive dull and aging skin from within, call us to schedule an appointment now.