A-list celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been known to sing the praises of microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy), a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that pricks tiny holes over the face and neck with microscopic needles, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin for tighter, fresher looking skin. The needles also make it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and other topical anti-aging treatments. Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology offer a range of general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology treatments in San Antonio, TX.
Microneedling for Younger Looking Skin
When it comes to fighting the signs of aging and maintaining tighter, smoother, younger looking skin, collagen is the primary ingredient. As the skin ages, it produces less collagen, which leads to the classic signs of aging – sagging, loss of firmness and fine lines and wrinkles. Although there are millions of products that claim to be packed with collagen, nothing beats the real thing when it comes to getting the best results.
How it Works
The microneedles are attached to a pen on a roller shaped head and are approximately 1/2 millimeter to 3 millimeters in size. As the needles poke tiny holes in the skin, it stimulates the skin’s natural healing response by producing more collagen and elastin. Many patients report noticing almost immediate results after the first treatment. Some of the benefits of microneedling include:
- Tightening and firming of the dermis for smother skin and pores
- Improves texture and tone
- Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes scarring on the skin’s surface
Although there is some surface bleeding during treatment and the skin may remain pink for a day or two after the procedure, microneedling generally does not have lingering side effects compared to other treatments, and is appropriate for darker skin tones which may experience pigmentation with other treatments.