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Micro-needling: Collagen Induction Therapy That Promotes Firmer Skin

Our skin goes through everyday wear and tear that makes it dull, dry, prone to acne, scarred, and even cause sun damage. We need a transformative treatment for the skin that holds the ability to address various skin concerns and effectively treats skin conditions like stubborn acne scars, skin marks, pigmentation, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and texture. Micro-needling is among such treatments that are beneficial for the skin in the long run as they hold the power to help the skin become smoother, firmer, and youthful. Micro-needling is the procedure of using micro-injuries to heal the bigger concerns of the skin, such as acne scars and indentation of the skin tissues. This skin procedure is gaining popularity in the market because of its non-invasiveness and the fact that it is a non-surgical treatment. 

In this article, we will discuss everything about micro-needling, how it works, what it can help with, and why it is worth giving a try – let’s get into it! 

Micro-Needling: Heal Your Skin on a Deeper Level

Our skin is multi-layered, and the damage caused to the deeper layers becomes the root cause of various skin issues and concerns. Thus, treating the core of the problem is necessary, and this is possible with micro-needling. We all know that skincare is a crucial aspect of life, and if we want to live with healthy, vibrant, brighter, firmer, and youthful skin, we need to invest in proper skincare. However, our busy routines and negligence of a good lifestyle can lead to skin issues like acne breakouts and scarring. But micro-needling has made it all easy with its effectiveness and fast-paced results. 

This treatment uses tiny needles to create thousands of micro-injuries in the skin via a needling pen or a tool. These needles move in and out of the skin at an extremely rapid rate, usually at specific depths that your esthetician controls. The depth of the needles is set according to your skin concerns and the desired results you want to achieve. This treatment is often called “collagen induction therapy” for good reasons. When the skin is injured, its first response is to induce the healing process by stimulating collagen and elastin production in the skin. The mechanism behind this treatment is to push and boost the cells to perform better by inducing controlled injuries, enough to start the healing process that holds the ability to eliminate skin problems like stubborn scarring. 

Not only that, but the healing cascade results in the remodeling of the dermal tissue, a transformative process for scar tissue (acne, surgical), fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and enlarged pores.

The Wound Healing Response and Acne Scars 

The healing process is the central aspect of this treatment that makes it successful and is the primary key behind its effectiveness. Immediately after a micro-needling treatment, growth factors and other proteins like collagen and elastin are released that remodel the dermis layer and make the skin firm, smooth, and radiant. Following acne scars are treatable with micro-needling:

Ice Pick Acne Scars

This is just as it sounds: scars that look like an ice pick attacked you, which are deep pits in your skin.

Box Car Acne Scars

Again, a lot like it sounds. These are angular scars with sharp vertical edges, most often found on cheeks and temples.

Rolling Acne Scars

These can be both shallow and wide and appear like ocean waves across the skin. This is evidence of damage below the skin’s surface.

Hypertrophic Acne Scars

Also known as keloid scars, these form when your body’s natural healing process (the production of collagen) goes into overdrive, produces too much, and causes the skin to rise.

Skin Discolorations

Acne also causes skin discolorations that usually go away on their own.

Microneedling Results

Most patients see a noticeable reduction in acne scars after a few treatments. Deep scars or pockmarks are lessened, and skin has a more even tone and texture in as few as three treatments. The new skin that’s created will be firmer, brighter, and smoother! Even those without acne scars will improve their skin’s appearance.

The recommended treatment cycle is one treatment every four to six weeks. With yearly follow-up treatments, three to four treatments are recommended for optimal results. Cutera Aesthetics can be your ally in your journey towards the firm and youthful skin. Get a free consultation today to discuss further details with our expert doctors. 

Microneedling Side Effects

Compared to other aggressive and invasive scar-reduction treatments, microneedling’s side effects are relatively minimal with little downtime. You may experience some redness or inflammation or even slight bruising. Avoiding excess sun exposure and drinking lots of water before and after your treatment can lessen the chance of experiencing side effects. Most people, however, will have minimal or no side effects and can return to their usual schedule within 24-hours of treatment.

Specific individuals should not undergo microneedling treatments. If you easily scar, are pregnant or have rosacea or eczema, talk with your dermatologist to decide if microneedling is right for you.