As you age, collagen and elastin production naturally slows, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. The skin can also become damaged due to a number of factors, ranging from scarring to excess sun exposure. Microneedling is one option to improve collagen and encourage new, healthy skin cell growth to address these issues. Patients in Oregon and Washington can schedule safe and effective microneedling treatments at Silver Falls Dermatology.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure intended to improve the skin’s tone or texture. The procedure is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, as it triggers the body’s natural healing response and production of new collagen and elastin. Microneedling involves stamping small needles into the skin to create controlled micro-injuries. In many cases, this procedure may be paired with other treatments to enhance their effectiveness. Professional microneedling is a much safer option than at-home dermal rollers due to increased control and reduced risk of infection or other complications.
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling improves collagen production and the growth of new, healthy skin cells. This makes it an effective treatment option for a range of skin concerns. The treatment is typically used for the face but can be applied to other areas. Microneedling can be used to improve:
- Acne scars or other types of scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots or sun spots
- Enlarged pores
- Poor skin elasticity
- Uneven skin tone
- Stretch marks
Candidates for Microneedling
A majority of patients are good candidates for microneedling regardless of skin type or tone. However, those with certain health concerns may not be suited to the procedure. Patients who have psoriasis, eczema or a history of poor scarring may not be good candidates for microneedling. The procedure is also not recommended during pregnancy.
The Microneedling Procedure
Prior to microneedling, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and a topical numbing solution will be applied. A small handheld device will then be used to create micro-injuries in the skin. This process typically takes no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Following microneedling, your provider may apply topical treatments to calm the skin or enhance the results of your treatment.
Microneedling does not require downtime, though a brief healing period will take place after the procedure. Common side effects include redness, swelling, bruising and sensitivity. These side effects typically subside after about four to six days. As your skin heals, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure and wear SPF as directed. Most patients choose to return to their normal routines, such as work or school, immediately after their microneedling procedure. Makeup can be applied using clean tools to hide redness and other visible side effects.