Collagen and elastin are critical components of healthy, youthful and resilient skin. In our younger years, our bodies produce these proteins abundantly, ensuring our skin is firm and supple and capable of repairing itself when it sustains damage. As we grow older, however, the production of collagen and elastin decreases, and the existing fibers weaken and break down. This is when we begin to see the telltale outward signs of aging and environmental damage, like pigmentation, wrinkles, lax skin and large pores. New collagen and elastin fibers must develop faster than they break down to maintain the skin’s health and youthful appearance.
Microneedling is a technique that harnesses your body’s ability to renew itself by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. At Body Symmetry MD, we are proud to provide our clients with the most advanced treatments to preserve, maintain and restore their skin and body. We believe microneedling can do wonders for many common concerns that detract from your complexion.
Microneedling is a safe, effective and minimally-invasive therapeutic treatment. We use a microneedling device that penetrates the dermis with multiple tiny needles to stimulate your natural healing and collagen production processes.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Our Georgia microneedling treatments are available to women and men who want to improve the appearance of their skin on various body areas. Benefits of microneedling include:
- Improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Giving the skin a firmer, smoother texture
- Evening skin tone
- Lightening sun spots and other forms of pigmentation
- Reducing acne scars
- Minimizing the appearance of large pores
- Restoring a refreshed glow to the skin
- Stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin
How Does Microneedling Work?
In a microneedling treatment, the skin is gently pierced with a device equipped with tiny sterile needles. The needles leave behind hundreds of evenly-spaced micro-punctures as the device travels across the surface of your skin. Though these wounds are nearly invisible, they activate your body’s injury healing response, which includes increasing the production of new collagen and elastin. The damaged tissue regenerates and repairs the punctures as well as other imperfections in the treated area.
Over time, regular microneedling treatments can reverse many of the most common skin concerns to revitalize your complexion. Microneedling has the additional benefit of enhancing the efficacy of topical skincare products by allowing them to penetrate deeper into your skin than they typically would.
Who Is a Candidate for Microneedling?
You may be a good candidate for microneedling treatments if you are interested in minimally-invasive methods to manage the health and appearance of your skin. Needle depth, needle speed and the number of treatment sessions will be customized to address your unique skin type, concerns and desired results. Because each treatment is personalized, microneedling is safe and effective for most ages and skin types. Younger patients can benefit from microneedling treatments to maintain their youthful appearance, while older patients can use them to enhance the results achieved with other cosmetic procedures.
During your initial consultation, our wellness experts will work with you to determine whether microneedling is right for your specific needs and goals.
What Can I Expect From My Microneedling Treatment?
Microneedling is performed as a simple in-office procedure at Body Symmetry MD. Your provider will begin the treatment by cleansing the area and applying a topical numbing cream to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. They will then move the device gently and uniformly across your skin while the needles create micro-punctures. These punctures will act as delivery routes into the deeper layers of your skin if you choose to add one of our topical regenerative serums to your treatment.
Once your microneedling session is complete, you are free to go about your day with minimal restrictions. You may experience some mild redness, swelling or tenderness, but these effects resolve on their own within a day or so. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure and wearing makeup for at least 24 hours following your treatment. You will receive thorough aftercare instructions from the skin specialist performing your microneedling procedure.
What Results Can I Expect From Microneedling?
After your microneedling session, you will notice that your skin is smoother, firmer and more radiant. The initial benefits of your treatment are just the start. Your results will continue to improve as new collagen and elastin grow and rebuild healthy tissue. This process can continue for up to six months, delivering ongoing improvements in the texture and quality of your skin.
More than one session is often needed to achieve optimal results. In many cases, microneedling yields the best outcome when there is an initial series of treatments followed by regular maintenance sessions. Our wellness experts can create a customized treatment schedule that ensures your skin always looks its best.
MICRONEEDLING WITH PEPTIDES
To speed the healing process, microneedling can be enhanced by applying peptides to the treated tissue. The peptide serum travels through the channels created by the microneedling device to reach the depth at which it is most effective.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks of proteins. When amino acids link together, the chain they create is called a peptide. Linked peptides are the foundation for proteins, including collagen and elastin. Without peptides, there is no collagen or elastin, and without collagen and elastin, there’s no defense against the ravages of time. Numerous health and cosmetic products contain peptides due to their potential anti-inflammatory, anti-aging or muscle-building properties. Specific peptides are more beneficial for the skin than others, and some peptide products are more effective than others.
What Are the Benefits of Combining Microneedling With Peptides?
Microneedling ensures your chosen peptide serum penetrates the skin barrier to maximize its potency. These two treatments work synergistically — like microneedling, peptides send signals to your skin indicating that repair is needed, which in turn tells your body to produce more collagen and elastin where they are needed most. Consistent use of peptides can improve skin texture, tone, clarity and radiance.
What Peptides Are Available at Body Symmetry MD?
The following peptides can be included in your microneedling treatment at Body Symmetry MD:
- Tb 500
- Bpc 157
- Igf L3
- 191 AA
- Hgh Frag
Our skin specialists will assess your skin and discuss your goals to help you find the most beneficial peptides for your treatment.
MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP AND GROWTH FACTORS
Microneedling can be combined with a variety of other treatments and serums to optimize the benefits of collagen and elastin growth. Microneedling with PRP, sometimes with the addition of a preparation containing growth factors, is a popular variation of the treatment.
What Is PRP?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a highly concentrated autologous serum derived from your own blood. A small amount of blood is drawn at the beginning of the treatment and processed in a centrifuge. This isolates the platelets, which have useful healing properties, from other parts of the blood. The prepared PRP can then be reintroduced into the body for its cosmetic or medical benefits. PRP therapy is a regenerative medicine technique with numerous applications, including the treatment of sports injuries, hair loss and dermatological concerns.
Why Is It Beneficial to Combine Microneedling With PRP?
The microneedling device acts as a delivery mechanism that ensures the concentrated PRP penetrates your skin so it can accelerate wound healing and promote new collagen and elastin growth. Adding PRP to your microneedling treatment achieves more significant and longer-lasting results.
What Are Growth Factors?
Growth factors are large proteins that travel between cells communicating messages relevant to growth and healing. When growth factors reach their intended destinations, they activate the cells to perform functions like increasing blood flow or making more collagen and elastin. Cells in aging skin produce fewer growth factors than cells in youthful skin. With regular use, growth factor treatments support healthy skin by helping to boost the production of collagen and elastin and repair damage.
Why Is It Beneficial to Combine Microneedling With Growth Factors?
Growth factors are found in a variety of skincare products, but their benefits in this form are limited. Topically applied growth factors are unable to penetrate the skin enough to be effective. Combining microneedling with growth factors takes advantage of the microchannels in the skin to ensure optimal penetration of the growth factors.
Renew Your Skin With Microneedling
Even the most diligent skincare routine eventually falls short. Aging, sun damage, lifestyle choices and environmental factors can wreak havoc on your skin over time, leaving you with blemishes and a less-than-radiant complexion. The primary reason your skin loses its ability to bounce back from damage is the decrease in collagen and elastin production that comes with age. At Body Symmetry MD, our anti-aging and wellness experts offer microneedling treatments designed to address this issue at its root.
Whether you’re interested in erasing your least-favorite lines, toning lax skin or giving your complexion a healthy glow, we can help you explore your treatment options. Contact us online or call us at 833-789-2639 to schedule your complimentary consultation and discover our advanced skin solutions.