What Does Microneedling Do for Your Skin?
Your skin has the natural ability to repair itself, which is why most cuts and minor injuries to the skin can be easily healed. Microneedling uses that natural ability to encourage your skin to create the substances that give it a brighter, tighter, more youthful look. When just a small amount of stimulation is giving to the skin in the right way, it begins to produce healing substances that make it new again.
Collagen is a protein that is very important to your skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and other body parts. It helps hold all your tissues together and helps allow you movement. In your skin, collagen is what keeps this important organ plump and supple. Without collagen, skin can start to loosen and hollow areas can form.
Your body naturally creates collagen, but that production declines over time. As you age, you may notice that your skin is not as plump and tight as it once was. This because your body is making less collagen. You may also see wrinkles begin to form or you may notice areas of loose skin. This is due greatly to collagen loss.
Your body tends to produce plenty of collagen until about your mid-to-late 20s or early 30s. At that time, collagen production sharply decreases. Most people will see a drop of 1% of collagen each year. Collagen drops even more dramatically once you reach your 40s.
When adequate amounts of collagen are produced once again, you will start to see certain signs of aging disappear. Your skin will have a more healthful appearance once again, and volume will be added to sunken areas. The longer your body continues to produce more collagen, the more quickly you will see these issues fade and resolve.
Elastin is another protein that is created in your body and is found within connective tissues. Elastin is what allows your skin to bounce back into place when it has been dented or damaged. With less elastin in your body, your skin no longer has the ability to recover completely from aging and environmental factors.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The development of wrinkles and fine lines on the face is a major complaint of many people as they get older. As your body loses collagen, you are likely to see small lines form around areas like your eyes. You may also see deeper lines on your forehead and lines around your face. Over time, the lines may grow deeper.
Outside factors also play a part in fine lines and wrinkles. Repeated movement of certain muscle groups is responsible for many of these wrinkles. Actions such as frowning or even laughing can cause wrinkles to become deeper. The muscle movements made in smoking can cause lines around the mouth. Sun damage and exposure to harsh weather also plays a role.
Certain areas on the face are more likely than others to become sunken or hollowed out over time. These include spaces next to the temples as well as the area under the cheekbones. There may also be hallowed out areas along the jawline.
These issues are all due to a lack of collagen production. Once the body starts creating more collagen, volume will be added to these spaces and the face will regain its plumper appearance as signs of aging reverse.
Areas of loose skin can be a problem when there is little elastin or collagen to hold the skin tightly into place. Returning elastin to the skin can help to tighten up these loose areas and bring back a smooth texture to the skin.
Uneven Skin Tone
Sometimes aging can cause skin tone to become uneven. The skin may appear to be different shades in different parts of the face. Revitalizing the skin will help to correct this problem as the new skin will be brighter and an even tone and appearance.
When you experience acne, you are sometimes left with scars or marks even after the acne itself has healed. Encouraging the skin to renew itself will help to cause these scars to fade or even disappear.
Dirt and oil on your face can become trapped inside your pores. When this happens, the pores can stretch and open. When your skin does not have enough elastin to allow those pores to spring back into shape, they may stay enlarged. Your skin can close those large pores with more elastin and collagen to revitalize it.
Sometimes dark spots can occur on the skin because of sun damage or other factors. These spots are often caused by exposure to UV rays, particularly those that come from the sun. Exposure to UV light causes the skin to produce more melanin, which is the substance responsible for giving skin its color. The result is dark spots, or aging spots, on the skin.
These dark spots can fade once the skin is repaired. When the skin has been stimulated and begins to revive, new skin will be created and the dark areas will fade. They may even disappear completely. You can help prevent new dark spots from forming by avoiding exposure to the sun and wearing sunscreen when you are outside.
The first step in the process is to come in for a consultation about the needs of your skin. We will talk to you about what you’d like to see changed about your skin and any problems that you are experiencing. We will explain your options and discuss the process with you in detail. We will help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right treatment for you.
We will also ask questions and examine your skin to help determine if you are a good candidate for this process. Because microneedling has a high success rate with almost every skin type, most people find that they are great candidates and can benefit from this treatment.
When you come in for your appointment, we will be using a device called an MD Pen. The MD Pen is a hand-held device with many tiny needles that roll over the skin. Each needle makes a very small puncture in the skin, triggering the skin’s natural rejuvenation response.
After we have used the MD Pen to stimulate the skin, we will apply a serum of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. These are healthy substances for the skin that will help promote healing and revitalization.
You will begin to see the benefits of your treatment within five to seven days. You will notice the full effect without about four to six weeks after treatment. This is because that is the length of time it takes for your skin to complete a healing cycle and begin to produce more collagen and elastin.
Length of Results
The length of time your results last depends on the issues treated and your specific skin type, but most people see results for three to five months. We recommend you commit to a healthy skincare routine and keep your skin from being exposed to the sun to extend your results for as long as possible.
Most people choose to come in for several additional treatments after the first treatment has been completed. We will talk to you about the right number of treatments to see the results you want. After your initial series of treatments, you may want to come back in twice a year to maintain your results.
Microneedling with PRP
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This is a substance in your blood that helps promote the healing of the skin. Microneedling with PRP is an excellent way of multiplying the benefits of your treatment.
When you choose to add a PRP treatment to your session, we will take this platelet-rich plasma directly from your own blood and add it to your skin. The microneedling will help the plasma be absorbed deeply by the skin and will magnify the results of your treatment.
To gather the platelet-rich plasma, we first take a small sample of your blood. We place this in a centrifuge which separates the blood into different parts. The red blood cells are taken out, and the platelet-rich plasma is left behind. This is what we use for your treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma and microneedling work together to increase your benefits and results. We recommend that you choose this option for faster and more efficient healing and rejuvenation of your skin.
This treatment has an advantage over other similar treatments because the process is very fast and can be done easily in our office. Recovery time is also quick and easy.
Unlike other facial treatments, this is a minimally invasive process. There is no surgery and no need for general anesthesia. You do not have to visit a hospital or have someone help you at home.
Because the platelet-rich plasma that is used comes from your own body, you do not have to worry about having an allergic reaction. Your body will accept your platelet-rich plasma because your body created it.
Your face can have the same youthful glow and supple appearance it once did. The key is encouraging your skin to create those substances that can repair damage and return elasticity and volume. Call us today at Your Skin RN in Kitchener, Ontario to find out how easy it is to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. You don’t have to live with the signs of aging skin. Talk to us right away about how we can help give you the firmer, more beautiful skin you want.