Summary: If you’re looking for a cure-all miracle for your skin, look no further than microneedling. This innovative procedure uses your skin’s natural healing process to stimulate its production of collagen and elastin, two key proteins that are responsible for giving your skin its smooth, firm look and feel.
To achieve these amazing results, most people benefit from multiple 30-minute treatment sessions using the state-of-the-art SkinPen™ tool. SkinPen™ creates microscopic holes in your skin, which triggers the production of these proteins in order to heal and restore your skin. The result is a more youthful, radiant and healthier-looking complexion that can last for several years.
If you’re unhappy with your skin’s appearance and are looking for a long-lasting nonsurgical solution, you may be an excellent candidate for microneedling. To help you make your decision as to whether or not this procedure is for you, here is an overview of the many skin benefits that microneedling can offer.
Smooth Away Lines and Wrinkles
Over time, the collagen and elastin that are naturally present in our skin begin to break down, and their production starts to decline. This can lead to the formation of permanent lines and wrinkles, as well as other common signs of aging. However, because this process is accelerated by things like exposure to the sun’s UV rays, air pollution and even a high-sugar diet, many women and men notice premature and more pronounced signs of aging.
There is good news, though. By stimulating your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, microneedling can help to smooth away lines and wrinkles and restore a younger-looking complexion. Even better still, these results can last for years after your final session is completed because your skin has generated brand new collagen proteins.
Improve the Appearance of Scars
Acne scars can leave many women and men feeling self-conscious of their skin. In one study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 34 out of the 36 participants saw a significant reduction in the severity of their acne scars after microneedling. Further, 80 percent of those participants rated their results as “excellent” on a 10-point scale, and none experienced any notable negative side effects form their treatment.
Microneedling is able to address acne scars because most of these scars are what are known as atrophic, meaning that your skin did not produce enough collagen during the initial healing process. This results in the indented texture that most people experience as a result of acne.
By stimulating collagen production, microneedling can help to reverse this and trigger your skin to “fill in” those indents with new collagen, leaving you with a smoother and more even texture free of scarring.
Address Signs of Sun Damage
The sun’s UV rays account for 80 percent of the signs of visible facial aging, meaning that years and years of accumulated sun exposure can have quite a large impact on your skin’s appearance. Not only does the sun contribute to lines and wrinkles, but it can also lead to discoloration issues like age spots and visible veins.
Microneedling can help to create a more uniform skin tone and texture, even once sun damage has already occurred.
Additionally, you can help to prolong these great results by remembering to wear daily sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds and covering up when spending time outside in the midday sun.
Just as the natural decline of collagen production can lead to the formation of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging on your skin, it can also create the appearance of loose or sagging skin. Another benefit of microneedling is that it can help to tighten and tone loose skin in areas like your neck and chin, where many people first notice signs of sagging skin.
Shrink the Appearance of Pores
Although the size of your pores is partly determined by genetics, you may notice that your pores have become more noticeable. This can occur when they become clogged with dirt, oil and other debris, or when your skin has become looser and thinner.
With the added collagen production from microneedling, your skin can become thicker and tighter, which can help to shrink the appearance of enlarged pores.
Help Your Skincare Products Do Their Job
You might not realize just how much of your expensive skincare products aren’t able to effectively treat your skin until you see your results from microneedling. The new collagen growth that this procedure stimulates can help to accelerate your skin’s natural process of shedding its outer layer of dead cells, dirt and other debris that can become trapped on the epidermis of your skin.
When this happens, your skincare products aren’t able to effectively penetrate that outer layer of skin in order to reach the underlying dermis, where they can best do their job. You can remedy this by scheduling your first microneedling session, and see just how much product you could be saving by treating your skin to a rejuvenating treatment.
Microneedling Isn’t Just for Your Face
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of microneedling and what sets it apart from many other skin rejuvenating treatments is that it isn’t just for your face. Many people use microneedling treatments to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks, scars or other skin imperfections all over their bodies, including their arms, legs, chest and buttocks.
Whatever your individual needs, talk with a trained and experienced professional who can recommend the most effective treatment for you. Although you’ll likely see noticeable results after your first session, most people require several treatments spaced a few weeks apart to achieve the best possible outcomes. Once you’ve completed your full round of microneedling sessions, though, you can expect to enjoy beautiful and healthy-looking long-lasting results.