In recent years there has been a shift in the beauty industry with more and more people choosing natural products and treatments for the skin. We’re beginning to think more carefully about the types of products we use and how we can combat the signs of aging in a more natural way. Here at Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, we’d like to introduce you to the incredible anti-aging effects of the popular natural treatment microneedling.
How Could Your Skin Benefit From Microneedling?
The skin can be repaired, healed, perfected and transformed by the powerful treatment of microneedling. The treatment utilizes the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Incredibly tiny injuries are created in the skin’s surface in order to trigger the body’s innate healing response which repairs and restores the skin from the deepest layers.
Increase Natural Collagen and Elastin Levels
Collagen is what gives the skin structure, like the body’s native version of dermal filler. Elastin is what gives the skin elasticity and bounce.
When we’re young our skin naturally has high levels of collagen and elastin and it is these two proteins that allow the skin to look smooth, plump and youthful. However, as we get older our natural collagen and elastin levels deplete, leading to the skin appearing thin and hollow. By triggering the skin’s healing process it is possible to stimulate new production of collagen and elastin in order to improve skin smoothness and volume, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scars
Acne scars are one of the most difficult skin concerns to treat. They are like little craters on the surface of the skin which create unwanted texture. By increasing collagen levels and therefore skin volume underneath acne scars, it is possible to create a smoother texture. For those who want to lighten the appearance of acne scars and improve the skin’s texture, it is a brilliant treatment.
Improve Skin Firmness
Sagging, drooping and wrinkling occur when our skin’s natural elastin levels deplete as we age. These symptoms are tell-tale signs of aging and many of us are keen to reduce their severity. Microneedling is a great treatment for loose skin because it triggers the body’s natural elastin production process. Skin becomes firmer and tighter, and it looks more youthful as a result.
Shrink Oversized Pores
Large pores are common in aging skin, but lifestyle factors and our genetics can also play a role in the severity of our oversized pores. No matter the reason for large pores, many of us dislike the way they create texture on the skin. By inducing collagen production it is possible to tighten the skin and subsequently shrink the size of pores. The pores become less noticeable and our skin looks smoother and more radiant as a result.
Hyperpigmentation is where areas of discoloration appear on the skin as a result of aging, sun exposure, hormonal changes, or simply our genetics. Sun spots, melasma, age spots, and pregnancy mask are all examples of hyperpigmentation. Microneedling helps to break down clusters of skin pigment to lighten dark areas. It can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and create a more unified skin tone.
Reduce the Severity of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are incredibly difficult to treat and many us feel frustrated with their appearance after suffering with them for many years. Microneedling can be a really effective treatment for stretch marks. By triggering collagen production beneath the surface of the skin it can help the stretch marks to look smoother and less noticeable.
Smooth Out Wrinkles and Fine Lines
When the body’s natural collagen and elastin production slows as we age, we begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles forming on our skin. By addressing the issue at the source and stimulating increased production of collagen and elastin, microneedling can help to minimize the appearance wrinkles and lines. When collagen levels are improved in the deep skin layers there becomes a significant improvement in the smoothness of the skin, and the most prominent signs of aging are addressed in a natural way.
Combining Microneedling and PRP
Sometimes microneedling can be combined with other treatments, such as PRP, in order to boost its skin rejuvenation and anti-aging effects. The process causes tiny injuries to the surface of the skin. The body’s natural healing process is triggered to repair the skin. The immune system responds and works to cleanse deep layers of skin. The rate of cell turnover increases and the skin begins to increase its production of collagen and elastin.
How Microneedling Works
A device that has lots of very tiny needles is applied to the skin to create tiny channels which act like pathways between the skin’s surface and its deeper tissue layers. Products applied to the skin after this process are absorbed via these tiny channels directly into the the skin’s deep layers in order to help regenerate, heal and repair the skin at an increased rate. PRP is a natural and potent growth serum which, when used with microneedling for a higher rate of absorption, can offer brilliant skin rejuvenating results.
What Is PRP?
PRP is deemed the ultimate product for combating the signs of aging, but you can’t buy it in bottles from a store. It is harvested from our blood via a specialist process. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma; it is the part of the blood which contributes to the body’s natural healing process. When PRP is separated from the rest of the blood, it can be applied to the skin to boost the natural repair and renewal process and offers fantastic results.
How Is PRP Obtained?
A small amount of blood is drawn as the first step in preparing PRP. This blood is placed in a specialist medical device called a centrifuge. This device spins the blood incredibly quickly in order to separate out the PRP from the other blood content. The isolated PRP is then directly applied to the skin’s surface immediately following the microneedling treatment. The skin absorbs the PRP into its deepest layers thanks to the microchannels that were created throughout the treatment process. In addition to the increased rates of collagen and elastin production generated by microneedling, this treatment also provides the many skin rejuvenating effects of PRP.
Which Areas Can Be Treated?
Most people undergo microneedling in order to improve facial skin concerns. However, it can also be performed on the chest and neck. When used to treat stretch marks, it can be performed on the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks which are the most common areas in which stretch marks occur.
What to Expect from Microneedling
Once the microneedling treatment is complete you can get back to your usual day-to-day activities right away. It’s important to avoid exposing the treated skin to the sun and to maintain good hydration in order to maximize the results of the treatment. You can ask your esthetician for advice on products that will help to keep the skin hydrated and protected after the treatment in order to promote the best results. Some people notice improvements in their skin right away after the treatment, but it takes around six weeks for the full effects to become visible.
How Many Microneedling Treatments Are Needed?
People usually undergo a series of treatments to get the best results, with a gap of a few weeks in between each one. With every treatment the body builds more and more collagen in order to develop the results. You can expect to undergo an initial consultation where a bespoke treatment plan will be created in order to give you an idea of how many treatments are required and what kind of results you can look forward to.
Am I Suitable Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is a powerful natural treatment to combat the signs of aging so if this is what you’re looking for it could the perfect treatment for you. The innate healing mechanisms of the body are used to improve the appearance of the skin naturally. Most people can undergo this treatment safely unless they have active acne or an active skin infection in the area which is set to be treated.
Discover More Skin Rejuvenation Treatments
If you’d like to learn more about microneedling and how it compares to other anti-aging skin rejuvenation techniques, we’re happy to help. Get in touch with us at Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, to schedule a consultation.