How Does Microneedling Help Reduce Wrinkles?
Collagen is a major component of your skin that plays an essential role in providing strength and structure. There are many skin care products that are advertised to make skin look more youthful, but since most only affect the surface, patients may find that they aren’t very effective for reducing the depth of deep wrinkles. There are also injectable fillers such as Juvéderm® from our Westlake Village practice, as well as neurotoxins that temporarily enhance the appearance of the skin by adding volume below the skin or stopping muscle contractions, respectively. These are ideal for many patients, but they also do not target the underlying cause of many visible signs of skin aging: collagen deficiency and a slowed-down skin cell renewal process. That’s why many patients decide to have collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, to rejuvenate their skin from the inside out.
There’s no doubt that injectables are convenient and work effectively. Their focus is specific lines and wrinkles, as well as contouring. For skin tone and texture imperfections that patients might want to fix, a different solution is required.
What you might be asking is: Does microneedling really work for wrinkles, and what exactly does the treatment do to your skin?
The answer to the first part is yes. Microneedling is a proven technique for helping your skin build more collagen. In this well-tolerated procedure, a pen device with tiny, sterilized needles is used to create channels by pricking the outer surface layer of the skin. To answer the second part of the question, these controlled injuries trigger the healing and regenerative process in the skin, encouraging the production of collagen to improve the appearance of wrinkles. It’s helpful for softening all kinds of lines, since the skin produces collagen and elastin to heal the injuries that are created when the device passes over the surface.
Collagen induction therapy is an alternative to fillers like Juvéderm® from Pierre Skin Care Institute. Which is best for you? Since the treatments focus on different signs of aging, they can be used in combination to address multiple areas and conditions. If you’re thinking about having any kind of minimally invasive cosmetic procedure done, call us at 805-496-9190 or submit a contact form to request a consultation with our team.