In that last category, cosmetic dermatology, one of our more popular treatments is known as microneedling. Microneedling uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to improve the skin texture and tone by first delivering hundreds of tiny punctures. Patients love how microneedling improves their skin.
Here’s the lowdown on microneedling at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery.
More years, less collagen
Microneedling is all about getting your body to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein in the body that is responsible for providing support and structure to the skin. It makes our skin firm, yet supple. The problem is that as we age our body produces one percent less collagen every year after we turn 20. Bogus. That’s why older skin is looser, wrinkles easier, and loses volume in areas such as the cheeks.
The goal of many procedures is to kick start our collagen production. Microneedling, also known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy, is one of those non-invasive procedures. Microneedling creates thousands of microscopic micro-injuries in the skin that triggers a wound response from the body. The response? Increased collagen production at the treatment areas.
At Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we use the Rejuvapen microneedling system for treatment of wrinkles and scars.
How does microneedling work?
The concept behind microneedling is to trigger a wound response and increased collagen production. When the skin is injured the body rapidly gets to work repairing it. In addition to the platelets that close the wound off from any more blood loss, the body is also rebuilding the skin by producing new collagen and elastin for the area.
The Rejuvapen has 12 tiny needles located in the tip of the microneedling pen. When used over the target area, the needles produce microscopic holes/channels down into the skin. These heal in just a few hours, but the body perceives them as injuries and elevates collagen and elastin production in the area to compensate.
This has two benefits. First, it stimulates the healing response. Second, these short-lived channels down into the skin are great for the application of topical gels and creams to penetrate below the surface of the skin.
What do we treat with microneedling?
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead
- Deep lines and crepe-like texture across the face can be firmed
- Coarse, sun-damaged skin
- Acne, burn, and surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Overly large pores
We use a topical numbing cream prior to your treatment, so you feel no pain. And there isn’t really any recovery time, just some redness on the treated areas for a day or so.
Who knew hundreds of tiny punctures in your skin could be so good for you? Call the team at Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery at (503) 297-3440 and ask about a microneedling session.