Microneedling procedures are growing in popularity for a wide variety of skin conditions and Believe it or not, microneedling has also become hugely popular among skincare fanatics—Vogue is calling it the next big thing in anti-aging.
Stay Looking Young
Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. Sound appealing? Maybe not so much, but don’t fret because this minimally invasive treatment is most commonly done in-office by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon and is virtually painless and incredibly effective. The instrument used is a small, handheld paint roller coated in tiny needles and works the same way lasers do, only you’re injuring the skin mechanically instead of using heat or light.
“The micro-injuries you create stimulates the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging,” says board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, MD.
The primary appeal of microneedling and as the doctor states, is its ability to stimulate growth of collagen and elastin, which is the key to new, youthful-looking skin. Some doctors go so far as to say that the procedure is the most powerful way to stop aging in its tracks and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming. With its ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead. “This is one of the reasons I like microneedling—because it’s able to utilize the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, so the results are very natural,” Dr. Shah says.
There’s also minimal downtime with it, and it is often recommended as a maintenance program for people who are trying to stave off the signs of aging. To treat wrinkles, a needle length no greater than 1.5-mm should be used.
Skin Conditions Healed
It is is a game changer when it comes to dealing with acne scarring, large pores, wrinkles, and other needs for skin resurfacing, and it tends to fit much more easily into busy lifestyles. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds penetrating the top layer of the skin. The micro-injuries that are created stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production. Microneedling, therefore, reverses, as well as, prevents signs of aging. Microneedling represents a safe, cost-effective, and efficacious treatment option for a variety of dermatologic conditions in all skin types.