Collagen is a protein fiber that gives skin its elasticity and youthful appearance. Bodies naturally lose collagen as they age. Starting as early as age 20 the body produces 1% less collagen every year, which means a 40 year old has 20% less collagen than a 20 year old, and a 55 year old has 35% less collagen than a 20 year old. This cumulative loss of collagen creates the appearance of aging skin.
Microneedling is a procedure that can stimulate the body to create new collagen. It does this by creating very small micro injuries. These small injuries trigger the skin’s healing process which leads to the development of new collagen and elastin. This makes it a very good treatment option for skin problems like fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, patches of darker or lighter skin, and to improve overall skin texture and integrity.
Microneedling is a very safe, simple, and effective procedure. Almost everyone is a good candidate for treatment. Unlike laser treatments that can cause depigmentation on dark skin tones, microneedling is safe to use on all skin colors.
Microneedling pairs beautifully with neuromodulator treatments like BOTOX®, Xeomin®, or Jeuveau®. Neuromodulators work to reduce the muscle movement that causes collagen loss and the appearance of wrinkles lines, and microneedling regenerates new collagen to fill in those lines and wrinkles to maintain youthful skin integrity. While microneedling is wonderful at rejuvenating collagen and elastin at the surface of the skin, dermal fillers are the best choice for areas of significant volume loss and deep lines (like in the cheeks, deep lines around the mouth, and the lips).
Microneedling is helpful for treating fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, patches of darker or lighter skin, and to improve overall skin texture and integrity. Microneedling is beneficial for almost everyone, and there is no risk of hypopigmentation for people with darker skin tones.
Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to make the process as painless as possible. Some people may still experience some sensation even with the numbing cream, but they describe this feeling as mildly abrasive, like being rubbed with light sandpaper or an exfoliant.
It takes at least 3 treatments before you will begin to see significant results. Collagen is a mesh-like network underneath the skin, with layers and layers of collagen proteins stacked on top of each other. Building this network takes time. Once the collagen network is built up to its potential the results will last several months. However, with time the results will begin to diminish.
That is why after your initial 3 treatments it is recommended to continue having follow up treatments at least once a year. Supplementing with collagen peptides can help your body build a stronger collagen network. You can read more about how collagen peptides interact with the body in this article.
After your microneedling session your face will appear pink or red, as if you have a sunburn. During this time the tiny microchannels created by the needles are open and susceptible to infection, so it is VERY IMPORTANT TO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, and very important to stay out of direct sunlight for the first 24 hours. You may experience a warm and dry sensation, and you may experience some skin flaking, like a peeling sunburn. We highly recommend that you do not schedule your microneedling appointment before a night out or a special event. The next morning you may still experience some redness but it should subside over the next 1-2 days.