Microneedling can improve a variety of skin problems from acne marks to stretch marks. While using many tiny needles to heal the skin might sound counter-intuitive, the process can actually promote new growth for improved skin tone and texture. Read on to find out how it works and what it can do for you!
What Microneedling can Treat
Microneedling can improve the appearance of acne scars, chicken pox scars, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and rough textured skin. Many individuals have also begun to use microneedling to not only treat their skin problems but to prevent future skin problems. With optimal treatments, microneedling can give you younger, smoother looking skin with improved overall appearance.
The Microneedling Process
At your appointment for microneedling, your skin will be cleaned and possibly numbed to improve your comfort. Next, a pen-like tool or roller containing many tiny needles will be gently glided across the skin to create tiny puncture wounds. The punctures created during the microneedling process allow the skin to absorb products more easily, so you might also have skin care products applied at this time. After treatment, there is no downtime, but you will be asked to avoid wearing makeup for the rest of the day. You might also experience some mild redness similar to a sunburn, but this is temporary and should improve within a day or two.
The Healing Process
The real results of your microneedling treatment come after the healing process. During this time, your skin is going through several different stages. The first stage of healing involves inflammation as your body increases blood flow to the area to begin creating new tissue. In the next stage, the micro wounds are re-built with new collagen and elastin and a new network of blood vessels is developed. In the final phase, remodeling occurs with the formation of stronger collagen. This collagen is essential to the structure of your skin. After a few weeks, you will notice skin that is smoother and more radiant with results that continue to improve over the course of a few months.
Now that you know a little more about how the microneedling process works, you can better determine if the treatment is right for you. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dodde.