The aging process brings a lot of unwelcome changes in the appearance of many people and tends to be most noticeable on the skin. Folds, fine lines and wrinkles and lost skin volume can make people look older than they actually feel. There are numerous cosmetic procedures available to address these concerns, but many people prefer to be treated without surgery. Fortunately, micro-needling offers an alternative.
What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling, or collagen induction therapy, is a type of non-surgical cosmetic treatment involving the use of controlled skin injury. This triggers the body into producing new collagen and elastic deposits in the area, resulting in skin that is smoother and more youthful.
Micro-needling works by using very fine needles that are gently rolled over the surface of the skin, causing micro-injuries. Basically, the procedure tricks the body into producing more youthful skin cells in the treated area. These micro-channels are filled in with new collagen and elastin, as well as new capillaries.
Micro-needling is helpful for:
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing the appearance of scars due to surgery, acne or burns
- Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening loose skin
Micro-needling also works very well in conjunction with topical skin care products. Normally, the outer layer of skin prevents many topical products from penetrating beneath the skin. This layer of fat cells, dirt and cellular debris forms a barrier. Micro-needling creates many tiny channels that help topical treatments to bypass this barrier, delivering them to the lower levels of skin where they are needed.
The advantages of this treatment include:
- Reducing hyperpigmentation risk
- Safe for all skin types and ethnicities
- Can be performed in-office
- Is cost-effective and can be performed in areas laser resurfacing cannot treat
- The epidermis remains undamaged and intact
- Patients may resume daily tasks soon after treatment
The micro-needling process is fairly simple and quick, taking up to one hour to complete, depending upon the size of the treatment area. The skin is punctured using a special needling device that is gently rolled over the skin. Each pass of the device creates micro-channels that stimulate the formation of new skin cells.
How Many Micro-Needling Treatments Are Required?
There is no one answer to this question because it depends on the unique needs and condition of each individual patient. However, up to four treatments may be necessary for those with moderate acne scarring. Stretch marks and thermal scars may need up to five treatments. Skin treated with micro-needling normally recovers quickly from the treatment. Side effects are quite rare, and most patients tolerate the procedure very well.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To find out if micro-needling is right for you, consult with the experts at Skin Deep Naples. Our staff is happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Naples.