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Looking to Improve Your Skin?
Give your skin a fresher, more youthful look with microneedling
By Serina Jones, LME, Gig Harbor Aesthetics
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is also known as “Collagen Induction Therapy” because—yes, you guessed it—it induces collagen! According to a 2019 study, patients who had four microneedling treatments had a 400 percent increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing the series.
Microneedling is a non-surgical breakthrough skin treatment for reducing acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines. It creates thousands of microchannels that stimulate your body’s natural wound-healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. This rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact.
The treatments of microneedling not only help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also have a positive effect on uneven skin tone and acne scars—improving the skin’s overall appearance to give you a fresher, younger look.
Some of the many benefits from microneedling include:
Texture and tone improvement
Softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging
Acne scar and traumatic scar improvement
Stretch mark improvement
Overall skin radiance
How do I find a professional microneedling treatment?
Do your research. There is only one FDA-cleared microneedling device on the market that ensures the highest level of safety while delivering consistent results. Request a consultation prior to booking a microneedling service so you can ask how much experience the provider has and how the treatment is performed.
In addition, when you properly space treatments that are overseen by a professional, the procedures can be administered year-round.
What to expect after your microneedling treatment:
Most people can return to their normal, daily activities immediately after their microneedling treatment. The total healing time depends on the emphasis of the treatment. On average, the skin might be pink one to three days afterward. You might experience slight redness and a small amount of peeling 24 hours post treatment. Most patients will see immediate results with improved skin texture, brighter complexion and overall more radiant skin.
So, does microneedling work?
Yes! Microneedling can provide incredible results to those who utilize it as a regular skin-care practice. Just be sure to discuss your options with your skin-care provider so they can walk you through the unique benefits and challenges that your skin may experience as a result.
New collagen production significantly improves the look of your skin, combatting the effects of years of sun damage.
Visible changes in the skin can develop over the course of a few days or several weeks after the treatment. Results continue to improve for up to six months after original treatment, as collagen production continues over time.