How Does Microneedling Actually Work?

Our skin is constantly being subjected to wear and tear, whether from aging or external causes like exposure to dust, grime, air pollution, UV rays, harsh chemicals, physical pressure, and other forms of stress. Although creating new wounds to heal it might seem counterproductive (and a little scary) at first, one of the most effective ways of kickstarting the skin’s regenerative processes is by making tiny collagen-production-inducing injuries. One way of achieving this is with microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, which our Westlake Village Pierre Skin Care Institute provides for patients who want to reduce a variety of cosmetic skin conditions, such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and other types of scars, loss of elasticity, and dilated pores. Wondering whether microneedling is effective? Here’s a basic rundown on how this minimally invasive treatment can enhance the tone and texture of skin. 

Collagen is one of the proteins within the skin that keeps it strong, plump, elastic, and firm. When we’re younger, our skin contains an abundance of the molecule, but we naturally lose a small percentage each year. It is also damaged and breaks down due to injuries, sun exposure, and other stressors.

As mentioned above, the main goal behind microneedling is to stimulate your skin to produce more collagen and other healing factors to rejuvenate the skin from the “inside out.” The skin-needling device uses tiny, sterile needles to repeatedly create thousands of pinpricks in the skin. Your skin’s natural wound healing process is triggered in response to the microscopic trauma, which generates more collagen. 

The process begins with inflammation that gets your immune system working to clean the wound, get rid of debris, stimulate blood circulation, and form new tissue. The openings in the skin are then gradually replaced with new tissue and blood vessels. One of the benefits of microneedling is that there is limited cellular damage and the overall structure of the skin remains unharmed despite the tiny injuries. The look, feel, and health of the skin gradually improves over several months. 

Promoting collagen regeneration to enhance the quality of skin is often an ideal treatment for people who want a rejuvenated look. The Pierre Skin Care Institute team can help you find the most suitable skin treatment for your individual concerns. Contact us by calling 805-496-9190 to get in touch, or submit a contact form to request an appointment and we will get back to you shortly. 

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