Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but for some people, the condition is more of a problem than it is for others. Certain skin or medical conditions, genetics, overexposure to UV rays are some of the most common culprits of wrinkling. Climates and environmental conditions are also contributors.
Of course, taking measures to keep your skin healthy from the start is the best recommendation. Good skin health maintenance can help prevent premature wrinkling and aging signs. But once the wrinkles have made their appearance, what can be done to diminish and smooth away those insipid signs of aging? One very successful cosmetic treatment is called microneedling.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling therapy, also called skin needling, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles used to poke tiny holes in the skin, which can be followed by the application of a skin cream or serum. As the skin heals, collagen is stimulated, improving fine lines and the texture of the skin.
“To improve a patient´s self-esteem, to relieve their fears or to restore a peaceful night´s rest by treating a skin condition gives me the opportunity to help restore balance and peace of mind in their life.”
Jennifer D Holman, M.D., Dermatology Associates of Tyler
Microneedling is effectively used for
- Reducing scars (including hypertrophic scars) caused by acne, surgery or thermal burns
- Fading stretch marks
- Reducing fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Improving overall skin texture and appearance
Benefits of Microneedling
- Reduced risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring, safe on ethnic or dark skin
- Suitable for thin and sensitive skin
- The treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis.
- The procedure is well tolerated and well accepted by patients.
- It is cost-effective and can be done on areas of skin such as near the eyes.
- Treatment does not result in a line of demarcation between treated and untreated skin. Areas of scarring can be treated without the need to “blend” or “feather” edges.
Patients with a history of keloids, dome-shaped raised scars, are not considered good candidates for this procedure because it could cause a scar that could be worse than the original skin problem. Depending on the depth of penetration of the needles, microneedling usually takes 24 to 96 hours maximum recovery time to allow for reduction of swelling, redness and potential scabbing.
However, most patients resume regular activities within a few days, depending on the extent of the procedure.