Microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through this process, there is an improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Micro injuries created by micro-needling triggers skin cells to intensify the release of their own collagen and elastin to ease years from your skin and allows for deeper penetration of treatment solutions for optimal benefits, treating your skin from inside out and outside in.
What this means is virtually painless skin rejuvenation with minimal to no downtime and without the traumatic side effects that are common with traditional methods. Microneedling has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed, such as around the eyes, mouth, hands, and chest.
The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Maintenance treatments are recommended at intervals of 6 to 12 months.
When utilized for generalized skin resurfacing, products such as topical growth factors and antiaging serums are better absorbed in the skin as an adjunct to treatment.
“Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,” says Beverly Hills, Calif, nurse and aesthetic trainer Sylvia Silvestri, RN. “Because it can be performed on all skin colors and types, it is sometimes the preferred treatment over laser as there is no risk of burning the patient.”
For all you do to stimulate collagen, it is continually being broken down. This is the ugly truth. This is why maintenance is key. As we age, we do not produce collagen as readily as we did in our youth. And no matter how much we do to slow down the aging process, we cannot stop it in its entirety. The aging that we experience in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, & tactile roughness can all be attributed to the natural breakdown of collagen over time, in addition to a drastic decrease in cellular turnover. When you factor in lifestyle habits such as overexposure to the sun, tanning beds, smoking, etc., you aid in expediting the aging process.
So sit back and let micro needling do its magic to bring back the youth into your skin!
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