Microneedling is one of the most popular and diverse aesthetic treatments available. As an aesthetic treatment that can address multiple skin concerns at one time, this treatment is an ideal choice for those who are looking for a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the skin. At Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD we believe the countless microneedling benefits can benefit your overall appearance.
But what is microneedling? While at-home treatments are generally called “derma rolling”, professional microneedling is also known as “collagen induction therapy”. This treatment works by using several thin sterile needles to pierce the upper layers of the skin to create micro-injuries. These micro-injuries prompt the body’s natural regenerative response to promote skin healing, which naturally improves the appearance of skin over time. Learn more about this treatment and its benefits before calling to schedule your first appointment.
What Are Microneedling Benefits? 9 Ways the Treatment Helps Your Skin
What are the most common microneedling benefits? Truthfully, there are many benefits to choose from. This treatment is both anti-aging and skin-perfecting, meaning it can be used by virtually all people regardless of skin type or skin condition. But the broad range of potential patients is only the tip of the microneedling benefits iceberg. Other ways this treatment can help your skin include:
1. Reduce Visible Signs of Aging
One of the primary purposes of this treatment is to reduce the visible signs of aging, which are mainly increased skin laxity and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. The visible signs of aging appear at different ages for most people depending on their skin type and skincare habits, but most people in their 30s have noticed at least one fine line beginning to show.
This treatment helps reduce the visible signs of aging because the micro-injuries caused by microneedling stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities – which include the production of collagen to aid in wound healing. Because several micro-injuries are caused by this treatment, new collagen production starts at a high level and continues to improve the appearance of the skin as new collagen matures in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. With new collagen in the skin, the visible signs of aging will reduce.
Why Collagen Production Is So Important
Collagen is one of the most important proteins produced in the skin, along with elastin and fibrin. For age-related purposes, collagen is largely responsible for upholding the structure of the skin; when there is not enough collagen to support the skin, the skin will appear hollow and less voluminous.
Natural collagen production in the sub-dermal layers of skin is much more helpful than supplementary collagen from skincare products, which only have short-term effects to reduce the visible signs of aging. If you want your skin to be plush and supple, then natural collagen production is key.
2. Minimize the Appearance of Scars
It can be difficult to treat scarring on the skin. For one thing, there are different types of scars and each scar has to be treated differently due to the composition of scar tissue. Scars happen on the skin when too much collagen is produced prematurely while the skin is still injured and inflamed. Because of the way scars heal, it can be difficult to break down scar tissue. Fortunately, minimizing the appearance of scarring is possible with microneedling treatments – for both acne scars and stretch marks.
How Treating Acne Scars Works
There are several different types of atrophic acne scars that can be improved with this treatment, such as boxcar, rolling, and ice pick scars. Microneedling treatments pierce scar tissue and surrounding tissue to stimulate the growth of collagen, which can even out the texture of the skin after several treatments. Additionally, acne scarring caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can also be reduced or removed completely after microneedling treatments.
How Treating Stretch Marks Work
Treating stretch marks is often difficult because these scars are caused by weak collagen and elastin in the skin tissue. Because stretch marks happen when the skin is stretched beyond its normal elasticity and new collagen forms to accommodate skin stretching, microneedling treatments can help thicken existing collagen. Additionally, this treatment can help fade the appearance of pink, red, or silver marks so that scars match the surrounding pigment of your skin.
3. Improve Skin Tone
Many people seek microneedling treatments for the purpose of improving skin tone. Uneven skin tone can be caused by a variety of factors, such as skin irritation, sun damage, or blemishes related to aging. This treatment works to improve the tone of your skin and even out your complexion by encouraging better cellular turnover, which will fade the appearance of uneven skin tone.
Why Your Skin Cell Turnover Matters
Your skin cell turnover is one of the most important natural functions of your skin. Cellular turnover refers to the natural shedding cycle of the skin, which takes about 30 to 40 days to complete. When dead skin cells are shed from the skin surface, new skin cells are revealed to take their place until these skin cells also age from environmental exposure.
Your skin cell turnover matters because it helps protect the moisture balance in your skin and prevents your pores from being clogged. Additionally, cellular turnover is also associated with anti-aging benefits, which is why products like Retinol are so important to have in your skincare routine. With better cellular turnover, the appearance, texture, and health of your skin will improve.
4. Prevents Skin Aging and Imperfections
One major benefit of microneedling is the fact that it can be used as a preventative treatment. In general, many aesthetic treatments, such as Hydrafacials or chemical peels, can be used on a preventative basis to improve skin health and proactively fight against the effects of aging. The reason why this treatment is considered preventative is that it stimulates better collagen production and cellular turnover, which keeps your skin young and healthy.
5. Fast and Effective Results
You can benefit from fast and effective results with this treatment. The fact of the matter is that microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that has virtually no downtime, which ultimately means that you will be able to enjoy your results immediately. For example, most people will notice an immediate improvement in the tone and appearance of their skin within 24 hours. Although the immediate improvement is largely attributed to natural skin swelling from the micro-injuries caused by the treatment, these initial results are only a promise of what is to come.
How Soon You Can Expect Best Results
You can expect the best results from your treatment about two to four weeks after your appointment. Your best results will depend on how fast your skin produces and matures collagen, as well as how quickly your skin will shed dead skin cells in the course of healing from this treatment. With repeated treatments, you will likely be able to achieve optimal results within three to six appointments, which translates to about three to six months from the time of your first treatment.
How Long Results Last
The results of this treatment can last for several weeks at a time. Most people can expect the final results of their treatment to last for up to 12 weeks at a time, which means you can have maintenance appointments for this treatment three to four times a year. However, it should be noted that some results of the treatment will last for much longer. For example, some people who treat scars and stretch marks can enjoy permanent results from this treatment. Likewise, those who are treating certain pigmentation concerns like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and sun damage may be able to enjoy semi-permanent results.
6. Simple Treatment Process
Overall, the treatment process for microneedling is very simple and that can be a massive advantage for many patients. The simple treatment process includes a basic cleansing of the skin, the application of topical numbing cream, and then the microneedling device. Your appointments will take about 30 minutes to complete, making them an ideal choice for “lunchtime” appointments.
7. Versatile Treatment Areas
Another benefit of this treatment is the fact that it can be used on multiple areas of the body. While normally used on the entire face, this treatment can also be used on the neck and other areas of the body, including the stomach. The ability to use this treatment anywhere to reduce the appearance of scarring and loose skin makes microneedling one of the most versatile treatments available.
8. Dynamic Uses
While this treatment is well known for being able to treat age-related concerns, acne-scarring, and stretch marks, it can also be used for other purposes. For example, those who suffer from rosacea can use this treatment to reduce skin redness over time and restore healthy pigmentation to the skin. Sometimes this treatment is also used to stimulate hair growth for those who are experiencing hair loss.
As a note, this treatment is commonly used along with PRP to encourage more rapid anti-aging results and is often combined with other aesthetic treatments to optimize results. For example, you can combine microneedling treatments with skincare products designed to treat your skin concerns. We can help you find the precise combination of skincare products to enhance your skin health and appearance concerns.
9. Better Product Absorption
The final benefit of microneedling is the fact that this treatment creates a skin environment ideal for better product absorption. The micro-channels opened in your skin from this treatment last for about 20 hours before they start to heal, which means you can take advantage of the first 24 hours of your skin recovery period to use skincare products for anti-aging or other skin concerns. When the absorption of your skincare products is more efficient, you can enjoy better and faster results.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates for microneedling include any woman or man who has concerns related to the appearance of their skin. This treatment is an appropriate solution for mild to moderate concerns and can be used as a proactive preventative step to enhance the health of the skin. You are likely a good candidate for this treatment if you would like to:
- Reduce visible signs of aging
- Improve the appearance of scars
- Treat multiple areas of the face or body
- Correct skin pigmentation concerns
Boost Your Skin Health and Appearance With Microneedling Treatment
The appearance of your skin is intrinsically linked to the health of your skin – so if you want to look good, then you need to be sure that your skin is as healthy as possible. Some of the best microneedling benefits relate to the fact that this treatment boosts the natural regeneration of your skin to improve skin health and appearance. If you believe these microneedling benefits are a good fit for your skin needs, contact Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD to schedule your first appointment today.