At Beauty Now Laser & Skin Aesthetics, called microneedling is one of our favorite treatments. Also called collagen induction therapy, this procedure uses a cutting-edge technology to trigger the body’s natural healing processes to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the tone of your skin as well as decrease acne and scarring.
Collagen plays a central role in how our skin ages. Let’s look at what collagen is, what it does, and how microneedling can help stimulate its production in your skin.
Collagen is a strong and vital fibrous protein that makes up about 80% of the hair, skin and nails. It is the main protein that is responsible for skin’s firmness and suppleness. It’s produced by the body specifically to offer structural support and proper firmness on the skin. Collagen gives your skin strength, while its counterpart, elastin, gives your skin the ability to stretch and bounce back. Together, collagen and elastin give skin its natural youthful appearance.
Changes With Aging
As we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin starts to break down, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. These are known as intrinsic changes, which is the natural aging of the skin.
The loss of collagen and elastin can also be significantly exacerbated by extrinsic influences, like smoking cigarettes, excessive sun exposure, eating a high-sugar diet or taking certain medications.
How Microneedling Helps
There are a few procedures out there that can help increase the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin, and one of the most popular and effective is microneedling. It uses 12 microneedles in a sterile cartridge to create a small wound, triggering the body’s natural healing process. This will result in the remodeling of the skin, creating more collagen and elastin, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, and decreasing texture and toning of the skin, giving you more beautiful and youthful looking skin.
Microneedling is generally a comfortable experience lasting about 30 minutes. It may be combined with other procedures such as platelet-rich plasman (PRP), radio frequency, or chemical peels for a more advanced procedure.
To learn more about collagen and how microneedling helps stimulate its production, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our master aestheticians at Beauty Now Laser & Skin Aesthetics today.