Needling Your Way to Better Skin

MicroneedlingYou probably had a neighborhood friend who was expert at needling you. Or maybe it was a college roommate. Regardless, their needling came in handy when your spirits needed a boost.
Needling can work wonders rebuilding your skin, too, believe it or not. Dr. Yates offers microneedling with the MicroPen to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, resolve pigmentation issues, and soften scars.

Microneedling triggers a wound response in the body. This concept is the basis of many skin rejuvenation procedures. Everything from fractional lasers to radiofrequency waves, when the energy is delivered into the dermis the body perceives it as an injury and responds by creating new cells, including collagen. Since collagen is the basic protein responsible for the support structure of the skin, it is of particular interest.
Here’s some more background on microneedling at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein.

It’s all about the “pen”
Microneedling involves the use of a “pen” that contains 12 very fine needles. Dr. Yates moves the microneedling pen over the treatment area, which has been numbed topically beforehand. The needles puncture the skin to create controlled skin injuries. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through this process, skin texture and firmness improve.

What can microneedling treat?
At Diamond, we treat numerous skin conditions with microneedling — fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation, surgical scarring, stretch marks, and large pores. We usually recommend from four to six microneedling sessions for the best results. After you buy four microneedling sessions, we give you the next one for free. Each session lasts around 30 minutes.

How does it work?
The idea behind microneedling regeneration is the wound response. Once microneedling produces tiny wounds in the skin, the body reacts to this by activating its healing mechanisms. This process induces the production of new collagen in the skin, known as neocollagenesis. Not only does this procedure stimulate collagen production, it also builds up the growth of endothelial cells, which are the thin layers of cells lining the blood vessels and capillaries. This means there will be better blood supply to the skin, which creates a healthy glow. Also, following treatment, we apply topical gels, creams, and serums (depending on the needs of your skin) and they are absorbed more effectively due to the microchannels in your skin.

Non-invasive and safe
Because the epidermis remains intact, microneedling is safe and can be used in areas where laser treatments and deep peels can’t be done. Plus, the topical numbing keeps the patient comfortable. The tiny pricking channels close within one hour, so post-procedure infections are extremely rare. The procedure can be repeated every four to six weeks as needed. For one to two days after treatment, patients will experience some redness and mild swelling akin to a mild sunburn.

Interested in boosting your body’s collagen production? Give it some needling at Diamond Medical Spa & Vein. Call us at 563-275-4701 for an appointment.

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