How Does Microneedling Stimulate Collagen Growth?

What is the secret to gorgeous skin? If you ask 10 people, you’ll likely get 10 different answers. At Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, we say microneedling should be at the top of this list. It takes advantage of your skin’s self-repair process by promoting collagen synthesis. Not only will you look more youthful, but your skin will also be healthier – a fact that will make itself known in fewer lines, scars, and wrinkles.

How Does Microneedling Stimulate Collagen Growth?

Some call this treatment the best thing that’s ever happened to their skin, and you’re about to see why. Microneedling (MN), also known as collagen induction therapy, uses ultra-fine needles to create targeted, invisible micro-wounds in your skin. You’re probably thinking this sounds counter-productive to beautiful skin, but those tiny injuries are the key component of MN.

How is this possible? The body is equipped to heal and regenerate itself. Once it recognizes the presence of injuries in your skin, defense mechanisms go to work healing those wounds. This results in faster cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production. Essentially, we’re able to reverse and prevent common signs of aging and smooth, lift, and plump tissues.

An Essential Building Block

Collagen serves as a crucial building block for firm and healthy skin. It keeps tissues from sagging to maintain that fresh, supple look most people take advantage of when they’re younger. Although the body naturally makes collagen, production wanes with age. This starts in the mid-20s, with most people losing an average of 1% of collagen per year. And in the first five years of menopause, women can lose up to 30% of their total collagen production.

Because collagen is so crucial to healthy skin, many skincare products list this protein among their ingredients. Unfortunately, these products often fall short of what they promise to deliver. What you really need is a treatment that focuses on the skin’s subdermal levels, where sagging and wrinkles start.

Discovering the SkinPen

MN treatments fill this slot perfectly by working with the body’s healing processes. Our office goes one step further and uses the SkinPen, the only FDA-cleared MN device in the U.S. It’s proven to improve the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. And unlike traditional derma-rollers that can bend, break, or even rust – and potentially cause an infection or scarring with reuse – the SkinPen is more adaptable.

It employs disposable straight needles that can be adjusted in length. These penetrate the skin at a 90-degree angle, with customizable depths of 0.25 to 2 millimeters to provide the precise level of treatment you need. Because the needles enter skin vertically, they don’t tear or rip delicate tissues. These traits allow us to treat patients with different skin types and thicknesses.

Safe and Flexible

Thanks to its innovative design, the SkinPen also boasts a greater overall safety profile. It triggers new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. In turn, you see a soft and smooth canvas that can take years off your face. Results are more predictable and consistent, and the treatment itself is more comfortable and shorter.

But don’t take our word for it. The SkinPen has data that supports our claims. Clinical studies show 94% of patients see improvements in their skin one month after treatment, ranging from greater clarity to a smoother texture. And the SkinPen can be combined with other treatments, including injectables, to enjoy broader results.

Benefits of Treatment

We already covered increased collagen production in-depth, but we haven’t yet detailed the boost in elastin that microneedling provides. Elastin is the unsung hero of skincare, receiving less attention than collagen but every bit as worthy. Its levels mirror those of collagen, so as the latter increases, elastin also ramps up. And with higher levels of elastin, skin becomes more elastic and pliable.

In other words, it regains its bounce. This is crucial to a more youthful appearance, in which skin moves naturally when you emote and then returns to its former position.

Helps Erase Scars

Scars, particularly those caused by acne, can prove challenging to correct. But a 2009 study found that MN reduces scars in over 80% of patients. It even works effectively on atrophic scars caused by chickenpox and acne. What’s more, those patients who participated in the study rated their results as “excellent,” indicating they felt satisfied with their renewed appearances.

Increases Overall Radiance

The before and after pictures associated with MN can be pretty dramatic. Not only do pores look smaller, tissues softer, and skin clearer, but patients often report an impressive increase in overall radiance. Even those with dry skin can enjoy cushion-like softness and a lit-from-within-glow without having to apply and re-apply serums, oils, and moisturizers. With this in mind, many go makeup-free to showcase their new luminescence.

A Brief Explanation of Radiance

Now is a great time to mention that radiant skin is more than hollow words. This effect is the result of a silky smooth facial surface. Your skin is made to renew itself every 30 days or so by shedding dead cells. But this process doesn’t always go as expected, meaning those cells can sit and clump on your face. These patches absorb, rather than reflect, light to give skin a dull and tired appearance.

By promoting cell turnover, MN helps those dead cells shed as they’re supposed to. In turn, your skin reflects light to give you a dewy, glowy complexion.

Promotes Deeper Infusion of Topical Products

Research shows that after microneedling, skin loses less moisture – likely because of a reduction in pore size. MN has also been shown to enhance the ability of water-attracting compounds to infuse the skin. This means your skincare products can sink deeper into subdermal tissues to deliver their benefits, from moisturizing to restoring. MN may also help to reduce skin cell water loss.

How To Prepare for Treatment

Preparation is pretty light, but we’ll start by saying you should discontinue using any intense topical treatments, such as those that contain retinol. Stopping these a few days before your session can protect your skin from irritation. Also, avoid sun exposure for about three days before MN. If you are going outside, apply sunscreen. And, finally, steer clear of aggressive acids for seven days before treatment, such as salicylic acid.

On the day of your session, you should arrive with clean and dry skin. If you forget or aren’t able to come in fresh-faced, we’ll perform a thorough cleanse before using the SkinPen. We’ll also likely apply a thin coat of numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment.

Post-Treatment Recommendations

We often follow the SkinPen with soothing serums that can nourish and rehydrate thirsty tissues. The numbing cream will quickly wear off so you can function throughout the day. And through it all, you’ll experience no pain – that’s a question many patients feel compelled to ask.

The same is true of downtime. MN doesn’t require you to significantly alter your schedule. You should, however, be prepared to care for your skin. This means you will need to:

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for one week
  • Skip tanning beds and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for at least two weeks
  • Wear a hat when outside
  • Wash with a gentle cleanser and cool water
  • Pat, rather than rub, skin dry
  • Forego the gym and other activities that cause you to sweat for 48 hours
  • Use only mineral makeup after 24 hours

A Few More Tips To Help You Heal

You may be tempted to touch your gloriously smooth skin, but don’t. Your nails and fingertips are loaded with bacteria that can be harmful to fresh skin cells. We recommend you keep your hands off your face altogether, meaning you shouldn’t pick, scrub, or scratch treated areas.

Last but not least, it’s important to remember microneedling results are cumulative. You’re not tearing down your skin but instead building it up. We’ll therefore craft a personalized care plan that details the exact number of treatments you should have. A typical plan, for instance, might call for three to five sessions each delivered four to six weeks apart. After that, we’ll likely suggest you have a maintenance treatment every six to 12 months.

Revive Your Skin

MN is your key to fresher, brighter, and smoother skin. It can address a range of concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to scars and sagging, and you don’t have to endure a long, cumbersome recovery period. Even better, MN improves total skin health by ramping up collagen and elastin production. Schedule your consultation today by contacting the team at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX.