Looking and feeling your absolute best are often two things that go hand-in-hand. As time goes on and the body changes in natural ways, it can be difficult to feel that our exterior matches the vibrant youthful person we know lives within. The aging process often shows up most evidently across the skin first. As the largest organ of the body, skin requires significant production of both collagen and elastin to remain looking smooth and youthful. With age, collagen and elastin levels naturally drop and the results can often be frustrating.

The decline of these vital levels frequently results in individuals beginning to notice the development of fine lines and wrinkles around the corners of the eyes and mouth. It can also lead to changes in skin pigmentation or create loose skin around the neck and jawline. While all of these transitions are a normal part of the aging process, the aging effects aren’t necessarily something a person simply has to accept and live with. Vast improvements in cosmetic technology mean that people today have more options than ever before when it comes to reversing the signs of aging, particularly when changes are occurring on the skin.

Microneedling is a treatment option that’s seen an incredible increase in popularity with patients over the last several years with good reason. This minimally invasive technique offers up vast improvements when it comes to reducing the look of lines and wrinkles, eliminating acne scars, and even reducing the appearance of stretch marks. With it’s many benefits, looking younger is just one in a lineup of improvements that can be met head-on with microneedling.

What Is Microneedling?

Instead of investing in a highly invasive process, those who opt for microneedling to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles enjoy participating in a process that utilizes the body’s own healing power to create incredible change. Under the care of a cosmetic physician, controlled micro-punctures are placed across the skin. This provokes the body to treat the minimal punctures as it would any injury. The natural healing response results in enhanced production of both collagen and elastin nearly simultaneously. Over time, these increased levels begin to fill out and smooth the skin leading to a more youthful appearance overall. When microneedling is paired with the use of restorative creams, topical gels, and serums, the appearance of smooth, healthy skin can be improved even further!

How Does the Procedure Work?

Microneedling begins with a cosmetic physician clearly identifying and marking the areas of concern according to the patient’s preferences and ultimate aesthetic goals. Once the treatment area is identified, a thin layer of topical gel is applied to the skin. This allows for the microneedling device to move smoothly over the surface and creates a more pleasant treatment experience for the patient.

In the vast majority of cases, a 12-point Eclipse Micropen is used to carry out the treatment. This 12-point device is run carefully over the surface of the skin and applies micro-punctures to the skin as it’s moved along. Typically, a microneedling session only takes about 15 to 30 minutes in order to create enough punctures to encourage the body’s natural healing reaction. Once the procedure is complete, a hydrating gel is applied to the skin to encourage quicker healing and provide a soothing effect for the patient.

When it comes to comfort, microneedling is often selected thanks to the minimal discomfort levels associated with treatment. The vast majority of patients report the treatment feeling like something similar to sandpaper being rubbed over the skin. In many cases, discomfort dissipates shortly after treatment is complete and any lingering discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication as needed.

Enjoy Amazing Benefits!

It’s very common for patients to elect to have microneedling specifically to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. That said, the results extend to other situations that are looking to be rectified as well. Microneedling is capable of reducing overall pore size, giving skin a smoother look, no matter what age a patient may be. This also proves useful in reducing the appearance of acne scars as well as stretch marks. Other patients choose microneedling thanks to its quick and efficient process that offers up successful results that are easy to replicate as needed over the long term.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

When you’re interested in learning more about how microneedling can improve your skin tone and take years off your appearance, the team at The Skin & Vein Center is here to help! We work closely with patients looking to reduce wrinkles, eliminate fine lines, and decrease acne scar and stretch mark visibility alike. Reach out today for answers to your questions or to schedule your appointment. We’re excited to be on this journey with you and look forward to seeing you at our clinic soon.

Dr. Eric Seiger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who has been offering innovative, expert medical solutions since graduating from New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Throughout his career as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, Dr. Seiger has been frequently published in medical journals for his development of new techniques for the safe removal and treatment of veins.