Micro-needling is a type of dermatology treatment designed to improve the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and textural irregularities in the skin. The purpose of micro-needling is to break up fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulate the growth of new tissue for smoother, younger-looking skin.
The process involves using a special device equipped with fine needles that creates hundreds of microscopic punctures in the upper layer of your skin. While the process may seem intimidating, it’s considered to be a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is safe and effective, producing results that are nothing short of amazing.
The cosmetic benefits of micro-needling are vast and quite dramatic. Learn more about the benefits of micro-needling from a Reno, NV dermatologist below.
Aging often comes with unwanted side effects such as wrinkles and fine lines that form due to low levels of collagen and loss of elasticity in the skin. Collagen and elastin give the skin structure which helps keep it firm. Micro-needling creates controlled microscopic lesions that boost collagen and elastin production. And the immune system works to heal these wounds which in return stimulates the growth of new cells which diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Just like with fine lines and wrinkles, micro-needling works to reduce the appearance of scars, even those caused by acne. Collagen and new cell production are extremely beneficial in healing scarred tissue, just so long as the scar isn’t raised (keloid).
Sun damage usually shows up as hyperpigmentation or a darkening of the skin also known as sunspots. If you notice blotchy, brownish patches on your skin, then you likely have some sun damage. Fortunately, micro-needling stimulates the growth of new collagen and skin cells that even out skin tone and reverse the effects of sun damage.
Wrinkles are not the only noticeable sign of aging on your skin. Aging also causes the skin to become loose and languid due to loss of elasticity. Elastin is essential for giving your skin strength and structure, so when this important compound begins to disappear, the skin starts to relax and sag. Micro-needling will promote elastin production to prevent such effects of aging.
Although micro-needling does involve creating tiny puncture wounds in the skin, it does not make your pores larger – it actually reduces their size. Micro-needling promotes collagen production which makes your skin plumper, pushing your pores closer together and making them smaller, not larger.
Topical treatments, such as face washes and moisturizers, work by penetrating the skin to get to the tissue underneath. If these products are unable to break through the skin, they aren’t very likely to work efficiently. When you get a micro-needling treatment done, the tiny needles will create microscopic punctures in the skin that allow your topical treatments and products to seep well into the skin for the best effects.
Along with treating acne scars, micro-needling also has the ability to improve existing acne. Not only does micro-needling boost collagen and skin cells to improve the appearance of acne, but because your topical treatments are better able to penetrate the skin, your acne treatments should work more effectively resulting in clear, smooth skin.
Stretch marks can appear just about anywhere on your body. These unwanted scars are typically very difficult to get rid of, but micro-needling diminishes the appearance of stretch marks after just one session. Similar to scars, stretch marks will begin to fade once collagen and skin cells are produced.
With the proper tools and application techniques, the Integrated Dermatology of Reno can help restore your skin to look younger, fresher, and smoother. Our Nevada dermatology treatments are delivered in a spa-like setting inside of a sophisticated medical office suite that is furnished with advanced equipment to enhance your safety. When it comes time to consider micro-needling, be sure to contact the best dermatologist in Reno to learn more about the cosmetic procedure such as recovery, appointment scheduling, and more.