Micro-Needling 101

What is Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is a procedure that uses tiny needles to make very small injuries in your skin. This may sound strange, but the micro-injuries help stimulate production of collagen and elastin in your skin and this in turn, improves your skin tone and appearance. The needles also create micro-channels, which makes it easier for creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively.

How Does It Work?

The main purpose of micro-needling is to stimulate the production of collagen but what is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is found throughout your body and it is a major component of connective tissue. In many ways, it functions as a foundation for your skin. It helps skin stay firm and supple while retaining elasticity. As people age, collagen production decreases and the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. This is one reason wrinkles become more prominent when you get older.

By stimulating the production of collagen using micro-needling, you can improve the tone of your skin.

This procedure is often combined with Platelet Rich Plasma to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) comes from your own blood. A small sample of your blood is drawn and put inside a centrifuge to isolate the plasma and growth factors that aid the healing process. Then the PRP is used in the area that has been treated to give you the best results.

What can micro-needling do?

Micro-needling comes with many benefits. It can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it can improve the texture and tone of the skin, it can help to correct pigmentation issues, and it can reduce the appearance of scars.

Micro-needling is often used to correct skin on the face and neck, but the procedure can be done on almost any area of the body. When this procedure is combined with PRP treatments, the benefits increase.

To learn more about micro-needling and PRP treatments contact Northcoast Laser Cosmetics.