Are you looking for a way to enhance the health or appearance of your skin without surgery? A skin rejuvenation treatment called microneedling has helped thousands of people bothered by acne scars, sun damage, signs of aging, and more. Almost any skin condition that you can think of can be helped by a needling treatment.
What It Is
Microneedling is an advanced skin treatment that builds upon medical discoveries from ancient times. For centuries it was known that certain types of skin injuries actually improve the skin over time. What was lacking was a method of safely and reliably forming these injuries to trigger the development of new skin tissue.
Over the last few decades, a technique has been developed and refined that allows us to create microscopic injuries in the surface layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and skin tissue. Over the next few weeks and months after this treatment, the skin will be gradually improved and remodeled to reduce the appearance of many common skin conditions.
What It Treats
A needling treatment is able to tackle a wide range of skin conditions, including improving the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.
The treatment process will trigger the innate healing abilities of your own body. You should notice a gradual improvement in the condition of your skin over the following weeks and months, as your skin heals and remodels. A fresh collagen matrix will be laid down and new skin cells will mature and rise to surface layers of the skin to replace old, damaged skin cells.
The surface layer of your skin is made up of dead skin cells and cellular debris that can accumulate there, dulling your complexion over time. These skin cells should normally slough off and give way to newly developed skin underneath. Sometimes, this material can build up and block fresher skin from being visible. Needling treatments help to encourage your body to remove this dulling material and brighten your complexion.
Scars and Stretch Marks
A scar is an abnormal type of skin tissue that forms when your skin is forced to heal rapidly after a significant injury. Scars typically appear as raised, shiny areas of skin. They may have a color that does not match the surrounding skin.
Stretch marks are a type of scar that forms when you undergo rapid weight fluctuations that cause the skin to stretch very quickly. Stretch marks can appear as different colors and look like irregular bands of tissue.
Scars and stretch marks respond very well to microneedling treatments. The procedure will prompt your body into removing old, damaged skin and replacing it with fresh skin that emerges from beneath as it matures. Patients typically benefit from multiple needling sessions that are spaced out a few weeks apart. This gives the skin time to heal and remodel between treatment sessions.
Even though aging skin is inevitable for all of us lucky to live long enough, prematurely aging skin can be a problem. One of the main causes of aging skin is a depletion of something called hyaluronic acid. You may know about this substance as a popular ingredient in quite a few skin care products. The role of HA in your skin is to draw in moisture as a sort of internal moisturizer. It is also found in abundance between joints to act as a cushion or internal shock absorber.
Skin that becomes depleted of hyaluronic acid will eventually become thinner and drier, making it more susceptible to the development of lines and wrinkles that eventually become folds and creases.
When it comes to aging skin, another culprit is the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Collagen helps to create thicker skin that is less vulnerable to the development of wrinkles. It acts as a framework that allows skin cells to build around it. Skin with less collagen grows thinner and more wrinkled. Elastin is the substance in your skin that allows it to bounce back after it has been stretched.
Lines and Wrinkles
Microneedling helps to reduce the visible effects of aging by encouraging the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers. This has the effect of thickening your skin, which makes it more resilient and less prone to developing wrinkles that can give away your age.
One thing that can really affect your complexion is uneven pigmentation. This can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to sunlight. Needling treatments are known for helping develop skin that has a more even skin tone. You should notice a lightning of blemishes and sunspots in the weeks and months after your procedure.
Acne is a very common skin condition affecting many teenagers and young adults. Even though it may have resolved itself, this condition can leave your skin with unhappy reminders in the form of acne scars that can really take a toll on your appearance and self-esteem. A needling session can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars by rebuilding the skin tissue to replace scar tissue on the surface. Many people seem to benefit from multiple needling sessions that offer gradual improvement to this disfiguring condition.
There is no doubt that microneedling offers significant results for many common skin conditions. However, it works even better when you combine it with the application of topical skin care products. You see, many topicals have a problem: Those with larger molecular sizes have trouble penetrating through the skin’s outer barrier. Needling treatments create thousands of microscopic punctures in the surface of your skin that act as tiny funnels that allow topicals to completely bypass the outer layer of your skin, rendering them many times more effective.
By combining a needling treatment with the application of topical skin care products, you are dramatically increasing the penetration and effectiveness of serums, lotions, creams, gels, and ointments.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Some patients find that they are slow to heal from injuries to different parts of their body, including the skin. PRP was developed to address this problem through the creation of a blood product created from the patient’s own blood.
PRP is rich in blood platelets that contain growth factors that tremendously speed up the healing process. PRP therapy is particularly effective for those who are older and more prone to slow healing. It also helps those with sports injuries and even those who need to regrow some hair.
The PRP blood product is created by withdrawing some blood from the patient. We then spin this blood in a centrifuge to concentrate blood platelets that contain growth factors.
PRP helps to increase the effectiveness of microneedling, while needling helps PRP by creating thousands of microscopic channels that bypass the surface layers of skin. This allows the PRP product to penetrate more deeply, greatly magnifying its results.
You may be wondering what makes needling treatments better than other skin treatments? One reason is that we are not making drastic, sudden changes to your face or body. We are working with the self-repair abilities of your body to trigger the formation of new collagen and skin tissue to remove or reduce many common skin imperfections. This leads to results that are quite soft and natural. You will not look suddenly different the day after your treatment, as with some cosmetic procedures. Your results will build over the following weeks and months in a very natural and plausible way. It is a bit like turning back the hands of time to when your skin was less affected by the condition you are being treated for.
Another aspect that makes needling treatments very popular with our patients is that microneedling does not require any sedation or downtime. You can go immediately back to work or daily activities after your treatment. This is because we are not actually doing a tremendous amount of damage to the skin. The controlled injuries that are delivered by needling are virtually invisible to the naked eye, but they are enough to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen.
A needling procedure begins with the application of a topical anesthetic so that the patient is completely comfortable throughout the treatment. We then gently glide the needling device over your skin repeatedly, forming thousands of micro-channels in it.
The thousands of micro-openings created by the needling process spur your body into creating new collagen to fill in these tiny punctures and create fresh skin around it. Your results will build very gradually over the following weeks and months after your procedure.
Since we are working with the innate healing abilities of your body, it will take some time to begin noticing results. Most patients begin to see significant improvement in their skin condition at around two months after their treatment. Full results may take up to six months to become evident.
If your skin condition is restricted to superficial layers of the skin, you would probably benefit from multiple treatment sessions that offer cumulative results. The important thing to realize is that you must give your skin adequate time to heal between each treatment session. Once your skin has healed and remodeled, you may have another treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation to Find Out More
Are you bothered by the appearance of skin problems like lines and wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, dull complexion, or blemishes? All these problems and more can be effectively and safely treated. To learn more about microneedling, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Newport Face N Body Medical Spa. At our convenient location in Irvine, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!