If you stay abreast of the latest anti-aging treatments, chances are you have heard about microneedling. This spa treatment falls into the category of collagen induction therapy, with the clear objective of rebuilding the strands of protein that support youthful skin. If you have heard of microneedling and are not yet getting this treatment for yourself, you may need to know exactly what it is and what it can do for you.
The Timeline of Aging
Age is largely perceived based on the appearance of the skin. The early signs of aging include fine lines and wrinkles in the areas the face is often moved, such as around the eyes. We then progress to the loss of volume and skin-thickness. These tell-tale concerns may begin to affect a person in his or her mid-twenties, or years later. We are all different in the onset and progression of aging, but most of us feel the similar pang of disappointment when our facial aesthetic changes. Once these changes begin, they continually become more prominent. We see jowls; we see creases, we lose our cheekbones, the list can seem endless.
The Wrinkle-reducing Power of Collagen
One of the reasons that the skin looks so smooth and soft when we are young is because it hasn’t sustained much damage – yet. Another big reason is collagen. Collagen is a protein that is present in the skin for a purpose, to heal it and to support it. Collagen supplies the firmness that is needed for skin to stay put. When the fibers of collagen in connective tissue begin to break down, we need to rebuild them. Fortunately, we can, with microneedling.
Microneedling is a short office procedure that incites collagen production by “wounding” surface tissue. Treatment is not painful, and the skin is not damaged. The needles contained on the MicroPen device are tiny, and they create microscopic pricks that heal almost instantly. The skin appears red for a few hours, in most cases, and then normal activities can resume without feeling self-conscious about this side effect.
Because microneedling is a gentle, no-downtime procedure anytime is a good time to schedule a treatment. It is even possible to arrange your collagen-inducing treatment to take place in the same visit that you minimize the appearance of wrinkles with Botox or dermal fillers.