Puncturing the top layer of your skin with micro-fine needles to create a healing response may sound implausible, but this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment works. It’s called microneedling, and everyone is raving about it.
Microneedling can correct a wide range of skin flaws, from minimizing the appearance of acne scars to diminishing wrinkles and fine lines.
At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, our experts use microneedling to make your skin more youthful, soft, and wrinkle-free by boosting the production of age-defying collagen. Here’s why everyone is raving about it.
It was a Philadelphia physician in 1995 who first used microneedling to treat patients’ wrinkles and scars. The therapeutic use of tiny needles dates to ancient China and the art of acupuncture. Today, our team at McDowell Mountain Gynecology performs microneedling to improve a variety of skin-related issues, including:
Medically known as “collagen induction therapy,” microneedling is performed via a small handheld device with sterile needles. The resulting tiny perforations induce a wound healing response, which includes stimulating the production of new collagen. Collagen provides among your body’s significant sources of protein. It helps build skin, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and bones — and keeps you looking youthful.
Before each microneedling session, your provider applies a numbing cream to lessen any potential pain. Gently stretching your skin, she moves the microneedling device over your skin’s surface in horizontal, vertical, and oblique directions. This creates several tiny punctures in the upper layer of your skin without harming the epidermal layers below.
At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, we also combine microneedling treatments with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). To call upon this healing substance that occurs naturally in your body, we simply draw your blood and separate the platelets with a centrifuge machine. Then we apply the PRP with the microneedling device, allowing your body’s growth factors to sink in deeper and help revitalize and heal your skin.
Your skin may feel irritated and appear red immediately afterward, but you should be comfortable and look only mildly pink by evening. Most clients enjoy significant improvement after just one treatment. However, optimal results usually require more. The number of microneedling treatments all depends on the specific area targeted.
After a few short sessions, you notice a reduction in crow’s feet and facial wrinkles with little downtime. You can also significantly reduce acne scars without any side effects from chemicals, lasers, or injections.
To learn whether microneedling is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.