The Roles of Elastin and Collagen
Your skin is a complex collection of tissues that are held together with various proteins, including elastin and collagen. When you're young, the skin has an ample supply of both of these flexible proteins. Your skin virtually bounces back after you frown or smile. As you grow older, there's less elastin and collagen to support your skin. As a result, wrinkles and other skin ailments develop. Micro-needling encourages natural elastin and collagen growth through systematic injury to the skin.
You might be concerned with the term "injury," but it's an appropriate description of a process that gets your skin back to its youthful self. Micro-needling involves tiny, stainless steel needles that are attached to an application pen. Your doctor will press these needles into your skin at various locations. As the needles enter the skin, they're actually puncturing the lower, dermis layer. These tiny punctures are so small that the procedure is usually considered to be nearly pain-free. Your nerve endings don't have a chance to respond to such minor damages across the skin.
What Happens Afterward?
Micro-needling doesn't produce immediate results. In reality, the results will slowly emerge in the coming weeks. Take a look at the step-by-step process that occurs within your body after a micro-needling procedure, including:
• Your body responds with healing agents to the needling location
• Skin cells begin to reproduce as they fill the punctured area
• New tissues emerge with elastin and collagen included in the formation
• Skin imperfections begin to fade away
Many patients report that they feel a noticeable tightening to their skin as the new tissues develop. After a few weeks, you'll be able to see a real difference.
Although your body has the ability to regenerate its own skin cells, doctors will often use enhancement serums in order to stimulate rapid cellular reproduction. Some of the serums that you might consider for your micro-needling appointment include:
• Growth factor
• Platelet rich plasma or PRP
• Hyaluronic acid
New serums are being introduced each year so ask your doctor about the options available today. All of these serums have been tested and proven to work on most patients. The PRP serum is even derived from your own blood in order for it to work perfectly with your body chemistry.
What Micro-Needling Treats
Micro-needling is truly a wonder treatment for a variety of ailments. Because your skin is essentially healing itself, micro-needling treats these top concerns among patients, including:
• Surgical and trauma scars
• Acne scars
• Irregular pigmentation
• Possible stretch-mark aid
You'll also notice that aforementioned skin-tightening sensation. The skin isn't truly tightening, but it's actually filling in small gaps where elastin and collagen were vacant before. Your pores may look smaller too. By rejuvenating your skin through natural processes, your results will appear symmetrical after every treatment.
Timing is Everything
One of the major perks of micro-needling is the time that it takes at our surgical center. You can technically take a lunch break and have this procedure performed with no problem. Micro-needling only takes as long as a standard appointment, depending on the area to be treated. Your doctor will give you a procedure time schedule so that you can achieve the look that you want. In most cases, you'll need to repeat the procedure three to six times before the results reach their best point.
Call our Fashion Island facility at 949-200-1615 today. Our Orange County team can evaluate your facial features and create a beauty plan that's made just for you. You'll meet a board certified surgeon who will treat you like royalty as you work through several micro-needling sessions. In the end, you may not recognize yourself in the mirror.