Regardless of the skin concerns you face, microneedling may offer the first step in treatment. Microneedling targets everything from acne scars to hair loss and stimulates the skin to heal itself in a minimally invasive procedure safe for use all over the body.
At A Younger You Medical Spa, our expert team in both the Brookfield and Burlington, Wisconsin offices offer convenient and accessible microneedling procedures to improve the look and feel of your skin.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. It treats a wide range of skin concerns by stimulating collagen production. In a microneedling procedure, one of our expert estheticians uses a device called a Rejuvapen to prick the skin with tiny sterilized needles.
The minor wounds on your skin stimulate a healing response from your body but are too tiny to damage healthy tissue. The healing response causes your body to produce more collagen and elastin, rejuvenating the skin and restoring youthfulness. Microneedling is often called collagen induction therapy.
How Do Collagen and Elastin Work?
Both collagen and elastin are naturally occurring proteins or amino acids that support the skin. While the two proteins work together, they serve opposing purposes that provide overall youthfulness to the skin.
Collagen gives skin its strength and structure. This protein is often referred to as the scaffolding that supports the skin. Conversely, elastin provides resilience and elasticity to the skin. Elastin allows the skin to snap back if stretched and provides flexibility.
Production of collagen and elastin decreases over time, and the proteins break down. Sun damage, pollution, and smoking can accelerate that breakdown, causing the lack of collagen and elastin to show in the skin through wrinkles and sagging.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Patients undergoing this procedure report an immediate effect of glowing, radiant skin, but the microneedling benefits extend beyond just these instant results. Microneedling offers improvement to several common skin concerns.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles typically serve as one of the first signs of aging. The boost in collagen and elastin production from microneedling procedures allows the skin to naturally fill in lines, making wrinkles less apparent and offering a smoother complexion.
The boost in collagen production from microneedling may significantly improve depressed acne scars. In addition, microneedling procedures combined with topical vitamin C treatments may deliver even more impressive results, as the microneedling allows deeper penetration for topical serums.
Patients with age spots or hyperpigmentation may see microneedling benefits to the overall tone of their skin. Microneedling promotes skin cell turnover, allowing new cells to replace damaged cells.
Microneedling targets skin laxity, which causes sagging due to a lack of elastin. Skin looks younger and firmer by boosting elastin production and restoring a healthy glow.
When your microneedling procedure stimulates the collagen around your pores, the area around each pore becomes fuller, making the pore shrink in appearance.
Microneedling may help induce stem cells in hair follicles, leading to hair growth. Additionally, microneedling procedures promote the absorption of topical products, so hair loss treatments may potentially be more effective after microneedling.
In addition to scarring on the face, microneedling may treat stretch marks on areas throughout the body. The improved collagen content of the treatment area may reduce the appearance of otherwise permanent stretch marks.
How to Prepare for Microneedling
Before your microneedling procedure, you’ll want to discontinue the use of any intense topical treatments (like retinol).
Harsh products may aggravate the skin. Additionally, it would be best to avoid direct sun exposure for about three days before and after your treatment. Then, arrive at your appointment with clean, dry skin.
What to Expect from Microneedling
First, our estheticians will apply a numbing cream to your skin to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Microneedling is an easy process that is only minimally uncomfortable.
After the microneedling, our experts will apply a serum based on your individual skincare needs. Within 24 hours of your procedure, you can resume your regular skincare routine and activities with freshly rejuvenated skin.
After Microneedling Treatments
While the skin may be a little tender after microneedling, most patients notice their skin return to normal within a couple of hours. In the days after microneedling, patients report super soft, glowing skin with reduced pores.
As microneedling improves the effectiveness of topical skin treatments, we recommend you prioritize applying high-quality products at this time.
In-Home vs. In-Office Microneedling
There are a lot of at-home microneedling devices available, but they don’t offer the same microneedling benefits as a professional treatment. In addition, professional microneedling is more effective than at-home devices, as the home devices aren’t as sharp to prevent injury.
Home microneedling treatments temporarily stimulate blood vessels to brighten skin, but the duller needles don’t stimulate collagen production the way professional microneedling can.
Additionally, it’s easier to spread bacteria when using an at-home device, resulting in increased breakouts, not improved, healthy skin.
Microneedling is one procedure best left to the professional team at A Younger You.
Who Is a Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe option for almost anyone looking to improve their skin’s tone, texture, and youthfulness. Unlike many other skin treatments, microneedling is safe for a wide range of skin types and tones.
If you’re interested in the Waukesha, Milwaukee, and New Berlin areas and interested in learning about microneedling to treat your skin concerns, schedule your appointment with the expert team at A Younger You Medical Spa. Both our Brookfield and Burlington, Wisconsin offices offer microneedling, along with knowledgeable professionals ready to help you meet your aesthetic goals.