The skin can be affected in many ways by several different factors. Surging hormones may cause cystic acne. Cystic acne may cause scars. Depleted hormones lead to lines, wrinkles, and sagging. So does sun damage, by the way. The reactivity of the skin to the countless internal and external factors it faces leaves millions of people in need of solutions. In recent years, we have learned that there is one vital substance that may hold the key to correcting many problems: collagen.
Collagen is something the body makes naturally. It can be consumed in certain foods and supplements, but they must be of the utmost quality to notice any substantial benefit. In most forms, collagen cannot be applied topically to the skin with any positive effect due to the size of protein particles. Besides, the gains from collagen use occur deep beneath the surface where most topical products never reach.
We know we need collagen, and now we have a proven way to get it. We are pleased to offer microneedling services in our Spring Lake office. Both with and without platelet-rich plasma, this straightforward skin care service provokes significant change in the tone and texture of the epidermis.
First, what is it?
To know how microneedling can help you, it’s necessary to look at how it works. A microneedling treatment slightly injures the uppermost layers of the skin. These injuries are mild and do not cause scarring. What they do cause is stimulation in the fibroblast cells that live deep beneath the surface. It is in these cells where collagen is made, so we want them to be active for a prolonged period of time.
Results of microneedling are almost immediate. After initial redness has disappeared, slight inflammation remains just below the surface. This plumps the skin and gives it a radiant glow. Patients appreciate being able to see an improvement in their skin, but this initial response doesn’t last. The real benefit of microneedling is that it stimulates the ongoing collagen production that is needed for the skin to look better over time. In one study, researchers measured a 400% increase in the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin six months after microneedling.
Why See Us for Microneedling
Microneedling is not new and not something that you have to have done in your doctor’s office. When performed at home, though, there is no mechanical factor involved. Home treatment involves rolling a needle-clad drum over the skin. Yes, it is uncomfortable. Also, the needle depth is not as impactful as what we can achieve in the office with numbing cream.