We all dream of having spotless, glowing skin. But can causing small wounds to the skin actually lead to a better complexion?
It may sound counterintuitive to harm your skin, but that’s the principle behind microneedling, a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of tiny needles. Tiny needles cause micro-wounds that trigger the production of collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for healing and keeping your skin vibrant and elastic. The needles are too small to cause scarring but large enough to trigger a healing response.
Our staff at Mind Body Infusion frequently use microneedling to address a large range of skin issues due to the treatment’s effectiveness and brief recovery period. Read on to find out how microneedling may benefit your skin.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy due to its ability to trigger collagen production.
Collagen production declines with age and this drop in collagen is often blamed for fine lines and wrinkles. When your collagen production increases, however, your skin becomes smoother and softer.
Has a low risk for adverse side effects
Redness and itchiness may occur in the treated area, but there are no major side effects, and most people can return to their daily activities after a microneedling session.
To speed up the healing process, you may need to avoid irritants such as creams with fragrances and use a moisturizer.
Minimizes the appearance of large pores
Collagen also plays a role in the appearance of pores. In the presence of collagen, the skin appears tighter and softer, and pores shrink naturally.
Although microneedling can help shrink your pores, it won’t get rid of pores completely, as the size of your pores is determined by genetics.
Fights acne scarring and hyperpigmentation
Acne often leaves behind scarring or hyperpigmentation. Clinical trials have shown that microneedling can minimize the appearance of acne scars if the treatment is done once a week for at least three months.
Can be combined with other therapies
Our staff combines platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) with microneedling. PRP is a type of therapy that uses growth factors found in your blood. These growth factors and platelets are separated from the rest of your blood in a centrifuge and then injected into your problem area.
When you combine microneedling and PRP, you don’t just get an increased production in collagen but you also take advantage of the growth factors, which boost healing.
Find out if you’re a good candidate for microneedling
Are you unsure if microneedling is safe for you? Most people are good candidates for the treatment as long as they don’t have active acne or a skin infection, and are neither pregnant nor taking medications that make the skin more sensitive.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and receive guidance on how to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Dr. Yuvraj Grewal, MD, pioneers holistic wellness at Mind Body Infusion Med Spa, Santa Clarita. Evidence-based, customized treatments rejuvenate mind and body, from vitamin infusions to headache relief and digestive balance.