Skin aging is the result of a complex interaction between intrinsic factors, such as genetics and environment, and extrinsic factors, such as UV radiation and pollution. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, which makes it prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is a skin-peeling technique that has been used for decades to treat acne scars and wrinkles by breaking down the skin’s outermost layer. It has only been in the past few years, however, that it has started to gain traction as a cosmetic treatment for aging skin.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to create hundreds of tiny punctures in the outermost layer of your skin. The procedure leaves scars just one to three millimeters wide. As the needles are rolled across the skin, they create channels that stimulate collagen production and increase blood flow to the area.
It’s important to note that microneedling is not intended to be an invasive procedure. There are no incisions and minimal recovery time, which makes it a safe alternative for people who are nervous about undergoing surgery or injecting fillers into their faces. Microneedling sessions typically last between 20-90 minutes depending on how much coverage you want. Most patients return for five sessions at two week intervals.
Microneedling can be used on all skin types and for various aging concerns, such as wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, melasma, and more. If you are considering microneedling for anti-aging purposes or any other issue you’re experiencing with your skin, speak with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to determine if it’s right for you. The best part about microneedling is that it’s completely safe for all skin types, making it an excellent option for people who can’t tolerate lasers or other treatments.