What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is one of the latest treatments being used by dermatologists to improve the appearance of their clients’ skin. Also known as collagen induction therapy, this process involves using a special device equipped with fine needles. This device then creates hundreds of tiny virtually undetectable pinhole wounds in the upper layer of your skin. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? However, in many cases, the results are nothing short of amazing.
How Does Micro-Needling Work?
During the session, your dermatologist will use the micro-needling tool to work on the desired areas of your skin. The tool looks akin to a paint roller, except it’s coated in dozens of tiny needles instead of a pad. The process itself is considered relatively painless, but you will see hundreds of tiny dots of blood appear on your skin.
Your body is designed to produce collagen when it is wounded in order to speed up the healing process. During the micro-needling session, the “injuries” created to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. This, in turn, stimulates cell turnover as well as an increase in the production of elastin and collagen.
This ultimately helps to reverse many signs of aging and may help to prevent them from recurring. Micro-needling is a very successful treatment and is now being performed by dermatologists, properly trained aestheticians, and plastic surgeons not only here in Reno, NV, but around the world.
Collagen is a Miracle Worker
The main benefit to micro-needling is that it encourages your body to produce collagen. Collagen is in many ways like a miracle worker for your body. It is your body’s own healing mechanism. It can be used to produce natural results and unlike many other forms of skin rejuvenation treatments, micro-needling has far less downtime.
Dermatologists use a professional grade micro-needling device that has 3 mm long needles. These are far more effective at reducing the effects of deep acne scars, sun damage, and aging. In a head-to-head comparison with laser treatments, a study published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2016, it was noted that both forms of treatment were considered to be quite effective and had comparable results. However, the study did reveal that micro-needling is better tolerated by most patients, has less downtime, and has fewer side effects.
Reducing the Effects of Aging
Today, people spend billions on a huge array of services and products in an attempt to maintain a more youthful appearance. According to a 2015 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, micro-needling is one of the most effective ways to “achieve skin rejuvenation, tightening, and scar remodeling. It offers a simple and effective treatment for photo aged skin.”
Even if you are using one or more of the many expensive anti-aging serums, experts agree that no more than approximately 4 to 8 percent of the product actually penetrates your skin. Recent studies are finding that micro-needling makes it possible for far more of the product to penetrate your skin, allowing you to reap the full benefits associated with the product.
If you would like to learn more about micro-needling and the benefits if offers for your skin, contact Integrated Dermatology of Reno, your dermatologist in Reno, NV at (775) 829-1212 or come in and visit us in person at 6630 S. McCarren Blvd, Reno, NV 89509. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation!