You may have heard about one of the hottest skincare trends – microneedling. Wondering what it is, and why it’s so great? Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that delivers thousands of controlled micro-injuries to stimulate the skin’s wound healing processes. During this healing process, your skin breaks down damaged tissue and produces new healthy skin cells.
Benefits of Microneedling
Stimulates Growth of Collagen and Elastin
Important cells and tissue that give our skin its youthfulness and structure begin to breakdown naturally in our late 20s and early 30s. However, sun damage, smoking, and other factors can speed up this process. These important skin tissues include collagen and elastin. Elastin gives skin its elasticity, and collagen helps give skin its structure.
The microneedling treatment triggers the release of cytokines and growth factors, which leads to the remodeling of elastin and collagen. As newer collagen and elastin replace the old, it creates a tightening effect on the skin. Therefore, stimulating the growth of these skin cells and tissues helps produce youthful-looking skin and helps reduce fine lines.
Can Help Repair Facial Acne-Scarring
Post-acne scarring can be very devastating and frustrating to deal with. A 2009 study found that microneedling seemed to be an effective treatment option for the management of atrophic facial scars – such as acne-scars. The study found that about 72% of the participants saw excellent results and 16.7% saw good results with their microneedling treatments.
Reduces Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As mentioned earlier, microneedling stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin. This can have a tightening and smoothing effect on the skin. This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
What to Expect?
The treatment itself is relatively cost effective and minimally invasive. It is conducted in a doctor’s office and is a short procedure – 30 minutes to an hour. A topical anesthetic can be applied prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort. There is little or no down time after the procedure, and patients often can return to their normal routines after.
At Apex Medical Spa, we use a SKINPEN® microneedling device to deliver the micro-punctures and to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Contact us today for a consultation. We also offer a wide variety of other Las Vegas skin rejuvenation treatments.