As we age we continuously loose collagen at a rate of about 1% per year. Between the ages of 20 and 40 we can expect the skin’s collagen to diminish by up to 50%. The result is what we loose in fullness we gain in wrinkles. Great, right!?
Sitting between injectable and topical treatments that promise to counteract the visual effects of aging lies microneedling. The procedure creates controlled skin injury to turn on the bodies healing process. Microneedling is one of the best treatments available for collagen stimulation.
Microneedling works by using tiny needles that oscillate and cause microscopic channels. This causes the bodies natural reaction whereby the platelets excrete hormones and growth factors which cause the stimulation of fibroblasts and other collagen producing cells to heal the wounds. This effect creates more elastic and rejuvenated skin.
In a clinic environment microneedling can be done with much longer needles with the ability to treat 2.5 mm below the skin surface into the dermis. This allows for treatment of deep acne scars and other ageing concerns. While home needling treatments with derma roller help with skin stimulation, the superficial depth of 0.5 mm will not effect the dermis where collagen is produced. Microneedling works even better in combination with mild or moderate deep skin peels, which can be done in-clinic.
With medium firm pressure roll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally over the whole face in sections. It should take 10 minutes to do the whole face.
You will see a pinkness in the skin and potentially some little spots of bleeding. This is a sign that it works.
This really depends on how intense and how deep the treatment was done. If you are getting microneedling treatments in a clinic, 4-6 weeks between treatments is recommended. If you are doing them at home, a couple of times a week should be safe as the needles do not penetrate as deep as with a professional microneedling pen.
For the aftercare we recommend antioxidants simply fight against UV and free radical damage that will reduce the amount of collagen the skin produces. In addition to an antioxidant serum, use a good moisturizer, and of course apply a lot of sunscreen. Check out the Cosmedix skin care line.
At The Laser Image Company we offer complimentary consultations, so if you are uncertain if microneedling is the treatment for you feel free to contact us and we will help guide you in the right direction. The Laser Image Company, your place for education, treatment and results.