Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, is a minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation procedure which utilizes very fine needles to create hundreds of controlled micro-injuries in the top layer of your skin. While the procedure itself may sound a bit unnerving, microneedling is, in fact, a simple, effective and essentially pain-free procedure that can be completed in the comfort of the Grand Rapids Men’s Clinic.
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that work together to provide shape and firmness to the skin. As we age, collagen and elastin production slows, contributing to facial wrinkles and skin sagging. Environmental influences, trauma, and other factors can also contribute to the diminished production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Microneedling works to combat collagen and elastin deficiencies through the micro-injuries created by the microneedling roller/device. The injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, instigating cellular turnover and, ultimately, the production of collagen and elastin to fill the tiny wounds.
As a safe, in-office cosmetic procedure, microneedling provides long-term skin rejuvenating effects not achievable through facials or topical skin care products alone, and without the need for surgery or downtime typically required for more invasive aesthetic procedures. Suitable for all skin types, microneedling can aid in the repair of many facial concerns and is revolutionizing the skin care industry.
With microneedling, you can:
Microneedling is most often used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Aging, prolonged sun exposure, pollution, poor diet, and smoking are just some of the factors that contribute to decreased collagen levels in the skin and the onset of facial wrinkles. Through microneedling, increased collagen and elastin production restores firmness and suppleness to the skin, diminishing fine lines, crow’s feet (laugh lines), and even deep wrinkles.
When over-the-counter creams and medications fail to minimize the appearance of your surgical or acne scars, microneedling can be a powerful tool. Unlike conventional, topical scar treatment, microneedling is able to reach the deep layers of the skin’s dermis to break down old tissue and stimulate healing to the area.
Hyperpigmentation can occur due to sun exposure, hormonal changes, certain medications and aging, and cause significant cosmetic concern. Microneedling can impart a more even skin tone without damaging the epidermis like some laser treatments.
While not a troubling skin condition, larger-than-average pore size can affect your facial appearance, and most men and women would gladly accept smaller pores as an added bonus to microneedling treatments. Pores shrink with microneedling when the collagen produced in and around your pores causes the skin to plump, helping pores to appear shrunken.
Microneedling can also help to:
Before receiving microneedling anti-aging treatments, you will meet with Dr. Naeem to discuss your skin care concerns and expectations for the treatment. On the day of your microneedling appointment, your skin is cleaned, and numbing cream is applied to minimize your discomfort. Then, Dr. Naeem uses a handheld microneedling device to penetrate the upper layers of the dermis.
A peptide or hyaluronic acid serum is applied during microneedling to enhance your results and to hydrate and heal the skin. These serums are particularly effective during microneedling because the micro-injuries allow the serums to absorb better into the skin.
After the procedure, you may experience mild redness or swelling which typically lasts no longer than 12-48 hours. Most people who undergo microneedling experience results within 1-2 weeks of the treatment; however, your results may vary. Depending on your unique skin needs, several sessions may be required to achieve the results you desire. Treatments are typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal between sessions.
If your skin has lost its glow, or is afflicted with a condition which affects your facial appearance, microneedling at Grand Rapids Men’s Clinic is an amazing option that revitalizes skin health. To schedule a skin care consultation with Dr. Naeem, call (616) 226-6966 or contact us online today!