Combat Collagen Loss with MicroneedlingFeb 01, 2022 02:04PM ● By Kathleen Boyle
As we grow wiser (and older) our skin produces less of its own collagen and elastin. These are connective tissue fibers that give our skin support, flexibility, strength, and health. Factors that contribute to the loss of these fibers are time, genetics, environment, nutrition, smoking, and sun exposure.
A powerful tool to combat this loss is microneedling. Microneedling is a minimally invasive way to make skin produce more of its own collagen and elastin. Thusly, it is often referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy. Microneedling involves the use of small, sterilized needles to puncture the top layers of the skin. This causes “controlled injuries” that then undergo a natural remodeling process. This healing process promotes new collagen and elastin formation in skin and fills in and smooths out lines and wrinkles. Essentially self-regenerating lost fibers, improving skin appearance and health.
In addition to treating fine lines and wrinkles, microneedling can improve large pores, reduced skin elasticity (mild to moderate sagging skin), scars (particularly acne scars), sun damage, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation (dark spots/patches on the skin) and hair loss.
A typical in-office microneedling procedure is safe and pain free, starting with a consultation to determine skin type and goals. Numbing cream is applied for comfort. That is removed and the skin is cleansed to decrease infection risk. In-office microneedling is usually performed with an FDA-cleared pen with a disposable and sterile needle head that will precisely allow multiple needles to puncture the skin at adjustable depths and speeds. This adjustability is key to provide customized treatment. Home procedures are not recommended as they are usually performed with a stamp or roller with non-sterile needles that are one depth only. In-office procedures are well-tolerated by most, who have mild to moderate redness and swelling for 1-3 days after. This can be covered with mineral makeup on the second day.
Most patients require a total of 3-6 treatments (with 4-6 weeks between sessions) to achieve desired results. Results are maintained with 2-4 sessions a year. Costs range from $100-400 per session/area(s) treated. Microneedling is a safe, natural, and cost-effective treatment for skin rejuvenation and health.
Dr. Kathleen Boyle offers microneedling and other rejuvenation services at Aspire Wellness and Rejuvenation, located at 1460 Baytree Dr, Ste C, NE, Palm Bay. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 610-686-3047 or visit AspireWellnessAndRejuvenation.com.