Ongoing breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine mean that you have more skin rejuvenation options than ever before, ranging from cutting-edge laser therapy to advanced corrective chemical peels. While these treatments can do wonders for your appearance, they often require a bit of post-procedural recovery that many people simply don’t have time for.
Luckily, there’s a new solution, and not only is among the most effective, it’s also completely natural. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, stimulates the skin rejuvenation process from the inside out. Plus, it’s so gentle you won’t need any recovery time.
Microneedling is a revolutionary treatment that uses ultra-thin needles to gently create hundreds of invisible microchannels across the surface of your skin. These microscopic “injuries” stimulate your body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, resulting in faster skin cell turnover, increased elastin production, and collagen renewal.
Together, these changes lead to stronger, tighter skin structures that ripple outward from your deepest dermal layer to the surface of your skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive way to correct or substantially diminish a wide variety of common flaws, including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and other areas of increased pigmentation, persistent under-eye bags, large pores, rough texture, and sagging skin. It can also help address surface scars, including those caused by chronic acne.
Here at Melanie L. Adams, MD, PA Dermatology, we perform microneedling using the AquaGold® device, a state-of-the-art system that allows us to preload the ultra-fine needles with essential skin nutrients and other beneficial compounds.
With its sterile applicator tip, the AquaGold microneedling device uses 20 disposable needles — each thinner than a human hair — to vertically pierce your skin, creating fine channels across the treatment area that allow for the transdermal delivery of topical nutrients into the deepest layers of your skin.
Why is this a big deal? Besides simply creating hundreds of microchannels to initiate collagen renewal from the inside out, we’re also able to deliver a customized skin-boosting serum directly to your skin cells from the outside in. By taking this dual approach, we can address specific skin issues in a more targeted way, optimizing your results.
Depending on your skin type, needs, and treatment goals, your personalized microneedling serum may include:
Your serum may even include growth factors or special proteins that encourage active skin cell growth and promote healing.
Whether your goal is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, tighten large pores, or simply brighten your complexion, microneedling will leave your skin looking tighter, smoother, and more uniform.
The procedure itself is simple: After we prepare your personalized skin serum and cleanse the treatment area, we gently press the device against your skin spot-by-spot, systematically treating every inch.
The treatment isn’t painful or even uncomfortable, and despite what you may have imagined the first time you heard the word “microneedling,” its thin needles only go deep enough to create invisible microchannels in your uppermost layer of skin, not deep enough to draw blood.
Plus, unlike deep chemical peels and ablative laser treatments, which leave you with red, raw skin that requires a few days off and ample ointment, microneedling leaves you with a beautiful post-treatment glow that allows you to jump right back into your day.
Because microneedling harnesses your body’s natural healing response to rejuvenate your skin, your results will emerge and improve over the course of the following days and weeks as your skin continues to repair itself.
If you’re ready to find out why skin experts call microneedling the next big thing in anti-aging, call our Columbia, Maryland office today, or schedule an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.