Microneedling is a newer way to restore an overall healthy-looking appearance to the skin, available to Michigan patients at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery who want to lessen the visual impact of certain lines and marks on their face and body.
Wrinkles form over time as the skin loses two natural components—collagen and elastin—due to aging, sun exposure, and other factors. Sufficient damage to the epidermis can trigger the formation of scars. Microneedling is also known as “collagen-induction therapy” because it is designed to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. Once induced, the skin’s natural healing process can continue working for months to restore a youthful appearance to problem areas.
Patients from the Jackson and Ann Arbor area who choose microneedling report experiencing an overall healthy glow to their skin after the treatment, as well as the improved appearance of marks and lines, which decrease in severity and become less noticeable. The healing process can continue to benefit skin long after a microneedling session.
The microneedling process is intended to help treat skin that carries the marks of certain dermatological issues. It can improve the appearance of:
- fine lines
- acne scars
- facial pore size
- stretch marks
Microneedling Insider Tips
- Microneedling works by penetrating the skin, so there is no heat necessary, as with a laser.
- The depth at which the needles penetrate can be adjusted depending on the patient’s unique features.
- Areas appropriate for treatment include the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, belly, and back.
- The process has also been known to improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and stretch marks.
The General Microneedling Procedure
Patients experiencing a microneedling session in Ann Arbor will first receive a topical gel on the skin to be treated. The medical aesthetician will then move a device containing the needles across the area in a fluid motion. One session can last up to half an hour, and multiple sessions separated by weeks may be necessary, depending on the depth and severity of the scars and wrinkles to be treated.
Recovery Process After Microneedling
While there are several factors that can impact the healing time necessary after a microneedling session, patients can generally expect their skin to appear red for two to four days.
*Patient results may vary.