If given the option, most people would choose to lose the obvious signs of aging on their body — wrinkles, lines, and spots that tell the world how old we are. Not everyone wants (or needs) to take drastic measures to change it. If this sounds like you, microneedling is a great solution.
Dr. Robert Skaggs, board-certified dermatologist at Kentucky Skin Cancer Center, helps patients throughout the Bowling Green and Franklin, Kentucky, communities achieve amazing results without undergoing extreme procedures. Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that can reduce the effects of aging painlessly and with no downtime.
What is microneedling?
Using the Collagen P.I.N., a device that looks something like a mini paint roller (but with 36 tiny needles on the roller), Dr. Skaggs runs the instrument over the surface of your skin to create thousands of microscopic puncture injuries in the top layer of your skin (the epidermis).
Immediately, your body kicks into wound-healing mode, increasing its production of collagen and elastin and generating new cells. Microneedling triggers this key process in the fight against aging skin, which offers several skin-changing benefits. Here are the top five.
5 ways that microneedling benefits you
1. Promotes better texture
One of the classic signs of aging skin is the change in texture. Over time, your body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, two important proteins that provide structure and resilience to your skin. As a result, your skin becomes thinner, giving it a deflated, wrinkled look.
Microneedling stimulates a rush of collagen and elastin, so your body resumes its natural renewal process. After the treatment, you’ll see plumper, tighter, and smoother skin.
2. Removes spots
Age leaves its inevitable mark. No matter how careful you’ve been, you likely have at least a little sun damage. If you’ve been an avid tanner, you probably now have the spots to prove it. Microneedling can reduce and even reverse some sun damage and age spots. Again, it’s the collagen that makes all the difference.
Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays causes photoaging, which accounts for nearly 90% of the visible aging in your skin. Those intense rays penetrate the outer layer of your skin and reach the dermis, where it damages collagen fibers.
Your body sends melanin to the site to protect it from more damage. When you get a tan, what you’re really seeing is a force field of melanin. In smaller quantities, you see sun spots. Collagen induced by microneedling, however, can restore the damaged collagen and reduce the spots.
3. Shrinks scars, stretch marks, and pores
If you live long enough, chances are you’ll have a few minor scars here and there, including acne scars. Those marks are typically permanent, but microneedling can significantly improve the appearance of scars by plumping up the skin and evening out the pigmentation.
Stretch marks, another badge of honor for a life well-lived, can also be minimized with microneedling. Because we can treat all parts of your body with microneedling, you can say goodbye to these silvery striations on your tummy, thighs, buttocks, hips, and breasts.
If you suffer from large pores, you’ll be happy to hear that microneedling addresses those, too, by adding volume to your skin and causing the pores to close up.
4. Makes skin products work better
The microneedling process creates thousands of tiny channels in your skin. This means that products you apply after your procedure can easily penetrate deeper, so it’s important to avoid anything that might be toxic.
The upside is that beneficial products that are therapeutic for your skin will be much more effective. Your skin is a barrier meant to keep things out, and it’s good at its job.
The creams and serums you slather on your face don’t really moisturize your skin; they merely contain some moisture and a greasy seal to keep it on your skin. They might also contain some emollients to fill in the rough texture and make it feel smooth for a while.
But microneedling provides a direct route to the middle layer of your skin, so your anti-aging products (and even topical medication) can work better.
5. Keeps working
After your microneedling session with Dr. Skaggs, you notice an immediate change. Your skin looks tighter, firmer, smoother, and younger. The best part, though, is that microneedling is the gift that keeps on giving.
Your collagen and elastin production continue to activate for up to a year, which means you look younger for longer than creams and serums can promise.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and reclaim your youthful looking skin, give us a call at either our Bowling Green or Franklin, Kentucky location, or schedule a telehealth appointment with Dr. Skaggs to discuss your options from the comfort of your own home.