Expert Microneedling in Nashville, Tennessee
Famous faces like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Kim Kardashian have been singing the praises of microneedling for several years and have credited the procedure with helping them to attain a smooth, youthful and camera-ready complexion. Also known as collagen induction therapy, the procedure uses small needles to stimulate the surface layer of skin on the hands, neck and face. The needles are designed to help the skin better absorb moisturizers and anti-aging products and to stimulate collagen production by triggering the body’s natural healing abilities to help with everything from diminishing the appearance of wrinkles to treating various types of scars.
How Microneedling Works
As we get older, the body produces less collagen, which leads to the loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin (and the appearance of fine lines, sagging skin and wrinkles). Microneedling pokes tiny holes in the surface of the skin and uses radiofrequency, which triggers the production of collagen to “heal” the skin. A typical microneedling tool is shaped like a pen or small hand-held roller that gently glides over the face, neck or hands.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Despite the fact that it uses needles, it is actually a minimally invasive procedure, with most people reporting mild (if any) discomfort levels during the quick session (a typical session is approximately 15 minutes long). A numbing cream is applied before the treatment to help minimize sensation during treatment.
Unlike invasive skin resurfacing treatments that may cause temporary irritation and require a bit of downtime before you see results, any redness that may develop from microneedling is generally mild and usually fades within a few hours of the treatment.
Microneedling is most commonly used to treat:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Collagen loss
It can be used to treat existing skin problems or as a preventive treatment to help keep the signs of aging and skin damage at bay. Microneedling works on all skin types and colors.
There are several brands that produce microneedling tools:
- Collagen PIN
Although there are microneedling products available for use at home, they are generally less effective and may produce side effects, like infection or skin damage, if used incorrectly. Dermatologists and skin care experts recommend treatment by a professional in order to get the best results and to avoid possible side effects from using at home products or going to an inexperienced practitioner.