The concept of puncturing the skin to trigger a wound-healing response in the body is not new. It was originally proposed in the 50s, and then began to be used in the 1990s where tattoo guns without ink were used to treat postsurgical scars.
Fast-forward to today, the practice is called microneedling. Dr. Aydin uses microneedling to improve skin texture and firmness, and to reduce scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling simply encourages the body to start the healing process, creating new collagen and elastin, improving the skin.
What is microneedling?
In microneedling, a “pen” with 12 tiny needles is moved over the target areas of the skin. The needles create microscopic punctures/channels in the skin. The body reacts to this as if wounded, triggering repair mechanisms. As it produces new collagen and elastin, skin condition improves. Through these micro-channels we are also able to apply topical gels, creams, and serums that can penetrate the skin more efficiently, improving the outer layer of the skin.
Although it sounds painful, it isn’t. During a microneedling session, we first apply a topical numbing cream, and patients report that they usually cannot feel anything during the procedure.
What can microneedling address?
Microneedling addresses a variety of skin issues with its collagen and elastin-producing effects. Unlike laser treatments, microneedling also works on all skin tones, without causing hyperpigmentation. Microneedling can be used anywhere on the body, but the face, neck, and chest are the typical targets.
Here are the conditions we treat with microneedling:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Uneven texture
- Stretch marks
Microneedling is best done as an after-work procedure. There is no real downtime, but the patient’s skin is pretty red following the session. This redness subsides by the next day. Multiple treatments are usually needed to achieve the desired results — anywhere from three to five treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.