Collagen is a structural protein, essential to healthy, youthful-looking skin. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leaving skin depleted and contributing to signs of aging. Microneedling or collagen induction therapy is a means to stimulate skin regeneration naturally. Men and women are taking advantage of minimally invasive microneedling therapy at Perfect Skin Dermatology in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs dermatologist explains microneedling
A professional microneedling device is tipped with many fine needles, made of gold or surgical quality metals. A trained aesthetician places the instrument placed against skin, allowing needles to penetrate to a carefully calculated depth, depending on treatment goals. This creates a host of microscopic punctures through the epidermis and into the dermis, the middle layer of skin where collagen resides. The micro-wounds stimulate the body’s natural healing response – production of fresh collagen and cellular turnover.
Treatment is well tolerated (most patient describe it as a scratchy sensation), but topical numbing cream can be applied to ensure a comfortable experience. Total prep and treatment time for a full-face session is about two hours. Though skin can be pink for a few hours, there is no downtime and you may wear makeup the next day.
Skin looks immediately radiant and firmer, and improvement continues for several weeks as collagen builds. Where there is benefit from a single treatment, usually a series of microneedling sessions is recommended for optimal results. As a Board-certified dermatologist, Susan Schroeder MD is enthusiastic about the efficacy of this treatment.
Benefits of microneedling
For anti-aging and overall skin rejuvenation, collagen induction therapy effectively:
- Fills fine lines
- Smooths wrinkles
- Plumps, thickens, and firms skin
- Shrinks pores
- Lightens age spots and brightens skin tone
- Contributes to a more youthful appearance
As an acne scar treatment, microneedling breaks up irregular tissue and replaces it with an even meshwork of collagen fibers, flattening scarring and lightening discoloration. In some cases, microneedling is recommended for stretch marks removal.
PRP for added benefit
Microneedling can be combined with application of PRP or platelet rich plasma – growth factors from your own blood. This treatment supercharges collagen production and imparts a natural glow that lasts for several weeks.
Dr. Schroeder encourages you to check out microneedling reviews on the internet to learn what real patients say about their experiences. Then Call Perfect Skin Dermatology at (719) 421-7132 to get started on your dermal rejuvenation.