Microneedling: Your Surgery-Free Anti-Aging Weapon

Some skin care trends are just that: trends that come and go and have little lasting power. Microneedling may seem like the newest, hottest trend that’ll be gone by next week, but here at Rochester Laser Center, the results our clients are seeing makes us think microneedling is a treatment with lasting power.

Microneedling takes advantage of your body’s healing and rejuvenating power, and the results are as natural as can be. Rather than using chemical stimulation, microneedling encourages your skin to do what it’s designed to do, and the result is softer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

The effects of time on your skin

The lovely firmness of young skin comes from collagen and elastin, and the nice, even tone you may have once enjoyed and fondly remember came from less sun damage. Over time, your body produces less collagen and elastin, and the sun wreaks havoc on your skin tone. You may be seeing fine lines and dark spots that were never there before.

When you don’t have as much collagen deep within your skin or much elastin for support, your skin can begin to sag. Your skin also thins over time, which makes it more vulnerable to lines. Years of smiles and laughter may translate to crow’s feet around your eyes and marionette lines running from your nose to the corners of your mouth.

There are treatments, of course -- chemical peels to remove the top layer of your skin and the sun damage it contains, Botox to paralyze the muscles that cause those lines, fillers to plump the wrinkles up, or laser treatments to resurface your skin. But all of those treatments have some risks associated with them, and they don’t appeal to everyone.

A more natural approach

Microneedling stimulates your body to produce its own collagen and to generate new skin cells, sloughing off the old, damaged ones by kicking your natural, healing response into high gear.

Microneedling is the process of creating hundreds of micro-injuries in your skin by puncturing it with tiny needles. These are not the same kinds of needles you get shots with -- they are much, much smaller, and your face will be numbed with a topical cream prior to the treatment. The needles are in a tool which our expert staff member glides over your skin in a careful, controlled manner.

The micro-wounds from the needles trigger your body to begin healing, just as it would if you had a cut on your finger. That healing response stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and new skin cells, and helps to thicken your skin. The overall result is firmer, smoother, more evenly toned skin.

To get the best results…

For optimal results, most people need a series of microneedling sessions, spaced several weeks apart. You may experience some redness and slight swelling for a day or two after the treatment, but then you should see some changes. Your results will steadily improve because it takes time for your body to begin producing the new collagen, elastin, and fresh skin cells.

Another way to improve your results is to combine a microneedling treatment with a plasma-rich platelet (PRP) treatment. PRP involves using the growth factors and proteins in your own blood to stimulate an even more potent healing response.

If you’d like to learn more about microneedling and see whether or not you’re a good candidate for this all-natural treatment, contact our office in Rochester Hills, Michigan. You can book an appointment while you’re here on the website or just call us. Our staff is happy to set up a consultation for you.

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