Reset Your Skin for 2019 with MicroneedlingPosted on February 7, 2019
With the holidays finally over and resolutions in full swing, its time to take a look at accomplishing your 2019 goals. If “taking better care of my skin” or “practice self-care” are at the top of your list, one of the best ways to set yourself up for success is hit reset on your skin with microneedling. This minimally invasive cosmetic treatment packs a powerful punch, making it a popular option for countless patients looking to achieve beautiful, radiant looking skin.
What is Microneedling?
While microneedling may seem like a recent development in the world of cosmetic treatments, the first recorded treatment was performed over 100 years ago when a German dermatologist used the treatment concept to treat scars and hyperpigmentation. By the mid-1990s, microneedling evolved into its current form, becoming one of the leading treatments for tackling the effects of aging such as wrinkles and scarring. Since then, research and innovation have led to microneedling becoming regarded as one of the most effective anti-aging and facial rejuvenation procedures.
So why is microneedling so successful? Much of the treatment’s success comes from the way in which the procedure stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Most other facial rejuvenation procedures use chemicals or lasers to physically slough away damaged skin cells and reveal healthy new skin. Instead, microneedling uses ultra-fine needles to create tiny pinpricks (microtrauma) in the uppermost layers of the skin. In response to these minute puncture wounds, the body begins creating collagen and elastin to heal the area. This results in the skin becoming firmer, improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks as well as shrinking pore size. Given the way microneedling triggers collagen production, this facial rejuvenation procedure is sometimes also referred to as collagen induction therapy.
The Benefits of Microneedling
As microneedling leverages the body’s natural healing process to repair skin, the treatment offers patients several distinct advantages over alternative procedures:
Scar Tissue Reduction
Collagen induction therapy is effective in reducing the appearance of scars and fine lines because it reduces scar tissue. To heal cuts or lacerations, your body produces an excess of collagen, which randomly accumulates around the injury. This leads to unflattering bumps and visible scarring. Microneedling helps break down unnecessary scar tissue and allows the body to reheal old wounds in a more uniform fashion, smoothing out and disguising scars.
Steady collagen production is what gives skin it’s youthful volume and glow. Sun damage and age can gradually outpace slowing production, leading to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Instead of turning to injectables, microneedling gives patients the chance to restore their facial volume from the inside out and using their own cells.
What to Expect During a Microneedling Treatment
While the term “microneedling” may not be the most inviting, the treatment is among the least invasive facial rejuvenation options available to patients. During the procedure, our Beverly Hills plastic surgeon will apply a topical anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience. A specialized pen is then used to create the tiny pinpricks evenly across the skin, ensuring total rejuvenation.
As microneedling is non-invasive, the entire treatment session is usually completed in about 30 minutes. After the procedure, we’ll apply a calming serum to help reduce swelling and soothe the skin. While there is minimal recovery associated with microneedling, patients may find themselves facing minor skin irritation and redness in the days following their procedure. This usually clears up a day or two following treatment.
Am I a Candidate?
Microneedling is considered the last non-surgical option for treating aging before surgical solutions are considered. As a result, the treatment works best on patients who haven’t responded to other solutions like chemical peels or laser rejuvenation. Treatment has been successfully used to treat acne scars or stretch marks, hyperpigmentation like sun spots or uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles as well as large pores. For the best result, we recommend patients undergo several treatment sessions.
Start 2019 with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery
From non-invasive dermal fillers to comprehensive plastic surgery, BHPS is your home for state-of-the-art cosmetic treatment in Beverly Hills. Our emphasis on holistic, personalized care allows patients to focus on their goals and achieve the look they’ve dreamed of. Call 310-746-5475 today to discover the difference microneedling can make for your skin and appearance. We look forward to seeing you!