It seems like we’re always hearing about the miracles that injectables like Botox® and Juvéderm® continue to produce. Then there’s photo therapy and facial surgeries. All of which offer trusted solutions to reversing the signs of aging. But what if you want a more natural approach to bringing back that youthful appearance to your skin? We have good news. Restoring that former glory to your face and body doesn’t have to be all fillers, fractional lasers, and facelifts. There’s a growing trend of minimally invasive techniques like dermaplaning, Blood Enhanced Growth Factor therapy, and microneedling (collagen induction therapy) that can help you achieve that without the use of chemicals or synthetics.
Most people hear the word needle, and they think of things like flu shots, acupuncture, tattoos, or Botox. While the thought of sharp needles piercing your skin may not seem appealing at first, the ones used in our state-of-the-art microneedling SkinPen® are much different. This instrument has extremely fine, short needles, with the longest coming in at only 3 mm. That means they only penetrate the outermost layer of the skin, which is predominately made up of dead cells. During application, SkinPen creates hundreds of microscopic holes without actually doing any real damage to the epidermis.
It may sound a little counterproductive, but microneedling actually heals your skin by causing injury. That’s right, these tiny needles can reverse and prevent the signs of aging. By poking your skin over and over, the SkinPen encourages your skin look and feel healthier naturally. This is done by activating growth factors which lead to the formation of natural collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—all essential components of healthy-looking skin. The process can also aid in the reduction of scars by producing new capillaries that bring more blood to the treated areas. It has also been clinically reported to enhance the absorption of topical skin products, making them more effective.
No need to get squeamish—there is little to no discomfort involved in this procedure. Often, a topical anesthetic will be applied prior to the application of the microneedle apparatus. Many patients only report feeling the vibration from the device against their skin. Apart from some slight redness of the treated areas, no other side effects have been reported. Postoperative infections do not occur since the micro-holes close almost immediately. Microneedling is becoming a favorite natural and cost-effective way to rejuvenate the skin.
Not only is microneedling able to utilize the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to restore youth to your skin, it has some clear advantages over other procedures. It can be done year-round and on any skin type. Areas that are off limits to laser and chemicals, like around the eyes, can be revitalized with a microneedling session. Microneedling with SkinPen is a safe option that treats a variety of skin conditions.
Microneedling is a potent treatment all on its own but it can be even more powerful when combined with other skin restoration applications. If you’re treating acne scars, you can couple it with other applications like laser skin resurfacing to maximize results. You can also enhance its effectiveness by pairing it with a chemical peel or phototherapy.
Microneedling can give you the major results you’ve been wanting, naturally. If you’re looking for an alternative approach to renewing your skin, let Dr. Vendetti and his team at Virginia Surgical Arts help you reach your goals. Schedule an appointment for a consultation today!