What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that involves tiny pricks to the skin to create a controlled wound. The natural healing process from these small punctures allows for skin cell turnover to take place, replacing damaged skin cells with fresh, new ones.
Skin cell turnover is the process of your body getting rid of old skin cells and replacing them with new ones to maintain your skin’s overall health. Treatments like microneedling that cause controlled wounds with tiny needles encourage this process to take place faster and in specific areas.
So how can this treatment and skin cell turnover help the appearance of your skin? Let's take a look.
What Can Microneedling Help With?
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by several different factors, some we can control and others are a part of the natural aging process. As you age your body's production of natural oils, collagen, and elastin decrease causing the appearance of dry, sagging skin. Additionally, repeated movement of a facial feature like smiling or squinting can cause wrinkles. As you age and with exposure to UV light, your skin's connective tissues begin to break down with a decrease in collagen & elastin. Without these connective tissues, the skin loses it's strength & flexibility to rebound from continuous movement, making the wrinkle a permanent feature.
Luckily, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be reversed. With the skin cell turnover promoted with the microneedling process, fresh cells in conjunction with increased production of collagen & elastin strengthen your skin to tighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Skin gets its color from a a substance called melanin, found in the skin cells. The amount of melanin produced by our skin cells can be determined by factors like sun exposure, hormonal influences, age, and skin injuries. Damaged cells can produce too much melanin and create an unwanted area of pigmentation to our skin.
Because this increase in pigmentation is caused by damaged skin cells, microneedling can reverse this unwanted skin attribute by shedding the damaged cells and replacing them with fresh, new ones. As the healing process takes place and new cells are generated, the pigmentation and increased melanin production reduce.
While acne is already an unwanted skin condition, for some it can lead to long lasting effects in the form of scarring. Acne typically rears it ugly head on the surface of our skin, but the scarring is actually from what process is taking place under the skin. The inflammation caused during a breakout causes trauma to the skin and the skin works to repair itself by producing new tissues. Sometimes too much or too little tissue is produced, leading to scarring. Too much tissue causes raised scarring on the skin called hypertrophic scarring; too little tissue results in depressions on the skin called atrophic scars.
Microneedling is ideal for those who have atrophic scars, or the depressions in their skin. The skin cell turnover that takes place with microneedling works to shed those damaged tissues and replace them with fresh, new ones leading to a diminished appearance of the scarring.
What are the Side Effects?
There are few side effects to microneedling. In fact, this treatment has proven to be better for darker skin when compared to treatments involving lasers because it does not remove any layers of skin. It is also safe for sensitive or thin skin due to the minimal invasiveness of the needles and the natural healing process that takes place.
The primary side effects is skin irritation following the procedure:
discomfort at the site of treatment
flaking of the skin
Rare, but more serious side effects include:
skin pigment changes
reaction to topical serums or glazes used at the time of treatment
Side effects can be minimized by ensuring your treatment is done by a trained medical professional in a sterile, safe environment.
How Much Does Microneedling Cost?
Professional microneedling costs will vary based on the equipment and process that is being done on a client.
The microneedling treatment alone will depend on the device used by your medical professional. At Luxe Vitality we use a RejuvaPen NXT microneedle pen and the cost for a single session is $175.
Any add ons to your treatment will increase the cost. The two add-ons available at Luxe Vitality are a peptide glaze and a PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, glaze.
The peptide and PRP add-on is applied to the micro wounds from the microneedling. The open wounds create a channel for these nutrient rich glazes to be absorbed and enhance the natural healing process, causing enhanced results.
If you are looking to enhance the look of your skin with a natural approach and limited side effects, microneedling may be the best option for you.
Reach out to the elite medical professionals at Luxe Vitality to schedule your free skin consultation and create a customized skin care plan today.