As people age, the body produces much less collagen than it does at younger ages. This has the effect of causing wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. By the time most people reach their mid-twenties, significant collagen reduction has occurred and continues to decline.
To treat this condition, the collagen can be reintroduced into the body with collagen supplements. A faster, more noticeable way uses what is called micro needling. This is when a device with very fine needles is used to pierce the skin gently and encourage collagen and elastin production.
How Micro Needling Works
In order to understand the basics of micro needling, a bit has to be understood about the nature of the devices and needles that are used, and how in recent years there has been a rapid increase in their varieties. In general, there are two types of devices: the battery-powered and the power-cord powered. Each of these kinds of devices is made to hold a number of needles that gently pierce the skin to create a controlled injury. When the body senses this, it perceives it as a mild injury and quickly begins the healing process. This process produces the sought-after collagen and elastin production.
The kinds of needles that are used can vary depending on the kind of results that are wanted. The type of needle ends ranges from flat-tipped to sloping edge types. Needle sizes also play a part in the kind of results desired, and they range from 0.5mm to 3.0mm. The different lengths provide a wide range of treatment options for reducing fine to deep wrinkles and minor or major scarring.
Major Benefits of Micro Needling Treatments
Since the epidermis of the skin remains intact, multiple treatments can be applied without harmful results. In fact, a patient can return for multiple treatments to treat their wrinkles over a period to get very significant results. It is safe enough to use on areas of the body that even laser treatments once could not. The different applications for improving the skin’s appearance with micro-needling treatments continue to increase in number.
It is the different kinds of skin conditions that can be treated with micro needling that makes it such a valuable treatment option. Depending on the shape and length of the needles and kind of equipment used, it can be used for acne scarring, fine to deep wrinkles, improvement of skin texture and even to prevent scarring in the first place.
At Medical Aesthetics of New England, we offer a variety of treatments that are designed to address many of the cosmetic side effects of aging. Our treatment providers will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Medical Aesthetics of New England today to schedule your consultation.