Microneedling is a popular, non-invasive procedure that leverages the power of controlled skin damage to incite healing and renewal at every level. Quick and virtually painless, this treatment is capable of minimizing superficial wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, melasma, acne scars, and enlarged pores.
More importantly, microneedling also has the power to totally remodel the underlying layer of smooth collagen that supports your skin. Also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), microneedling can restore lost volume and vastly improve the elasticity and overall health of your skin. At Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, we’re excited to share everything you need to know about this procedure.
Why Choose Microneedling?
Many of the world’s best and most effective skin resurfacing treatments are designed to cause superficial damages at the surface layers of the skin. This incites the body’s natural healing response. Treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion force the body to work overtime to repair the skin surface. As a result, new and healthy skin cells are formed at a more rapid rate and many long-standing skin issues are repaired.
Microneedling, however, takes this process a bit further by penetrating the skin all the way down to its foundation layer. As such, the resulting improvements start at the smooth collagen where the skin finds its support and overall definition.
As people age and experience normal wear and tear, this collagen layer can develop cracks and other blemishes that reveal themselves at the surface as wrinkles, pock marks, and other textural issues. By inducing the body to produce more collagen, damages at this foundation layer can be prevented or even reversed.
Moreover, additional collagen is produced to better support the skin. For those with age-related cosmetic issues, this new collagen can even replace lost volume. Thus, not only does this treatment lead to beautiful, blemish-free skin, but it also creates a much younger-looking complexion overall. Following several microneedling treatments, patients often have improved skin texture and skin tone as well as noticeably fewer wrinkles and other facial creases.
Microneedling is performed with a small, hand-held appliance known as a micro-pen. The tip of this pen is fitted with rows of tiny, micro-sized needles. As this pen is passed over the treatment area, it creates micro-punctures that penetrate all the way down to the collagen layer of the skin.
At Michigan Advanced Aesthetics, we use the most powerful microneedling tool available. With 36 micro-needles, this pen is capable of producing remarkable improvements in both wrinkles and acne scars, and with little to no downtime. Moreover, when a nutrient-dense serum is applied to the skin ahead of treatment, microneedling can deliver powerful, skin-renewing agents deep down into the dermis where they’ll have the greatest impact.
Some people choose to have their micro-needling performed with potent Vitamin C solutions while others opt to use their own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to better aid the body’s healing efforts.
Microneedling is Virtually Pain-free
Despite its impressive level of effectiveness, microneedling is not a painful or long-lasting procedure. Most treatments are completed within just 20 to 30 minutes. Approximately 45 minutes before your procedure, our aesthetician will numb the treatment area with lidocaine. By the time the micro-pen is applied, you won’t feel the punctures created by the micro-pen at all.
Taking Care of Skin After A Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body. Once your treatment is complete, you’ll be immediately free to leave and can resume many of your regular activities. Your skin will be noticeably red for about 24 hours. Over the next two to three days, as the redness goes away, you may notice some slight flaking at the surface layer of your skin.
During this critical stage of healing, patients are advised against engaging in any rigorous exercise as sweating can cause irritation. You should also avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and be sure to take a break from your makeup.
Microneedling Is An Increasingly Popular Acne Scar Treatment
Microneedling addresses a vast range of cosmetic issues. Surprisingly, it’s even effective at minimizing existing acne breakouts, preventing new skin blemishes, and diminishing the appearance of mild to moderate acne scars.
If you have shallow pock marks as the result of former bouts with acne, the collagen-inducing power of microneedling may be the right choice for you. As the body repairs and rebuilds its collagen stores across the treated area, these imperfections in your skin will gradually fill in, leaving you with a markedly smoother skin texture. Paired with the minimization of surface-level problems like sun spots, melasma, enlarged pores, and fine lines, your skin will look far better overall.
Schedule Your Microneedling Session Today
If you’re ready for a brighter, more balanced, and all-around more beautiful complexion, call Michigan Advanced Aesthetics today at 248-542-3700 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. In a relaxed, no-pressure consultation, our licensed aesthetician, Laura LoCricchio, can determine if micro-needling is the best solution for you.