Microneedling is currently one of the hottest skin trends on the esthetic market. During a Seattle microneedling treatment, a sterile medical device is utilized to make hundreds of miniature punctures through the outermost layer of a patient’s skin. These tiny, and often painless punctures prompt the patient’s body to increase the natural production of collagen in response to what it perceives as wounds, leading to a turnover in skin cells and generation of a new layer of youthful skin.
Collagen is what gives our hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons and ligaments their structure. It gives our hair its shine, our skin its glow and strength to our nails. However, as we age, collagen production slows. This lessened production of new collagen can be due to a number of factors, including:
- Unhealthy diets
- Poor lifestyle decisions
- Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
- Exposure to external pollutants
- UV ray exposure
What does microneedling do?
When our bodies are injured, cells known as fibroblasts are triggered to produce new collagen to repair the injured area. This induction of new collagen gives us new tissue. Through use of a microneedling device, an esthetician under the direction of a plastic surgeon is able to stimulate a patient’s body to produce additional collagen in response to what it perceives as miniature injuries, replacing older dermal tissue with new, more youthful skin.
Who is a good candidate for microneedling?
Because microneedling is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, women and men of almost all ages can utilize it to prompt a completely natural healing process. This healing process may be used to reduce wrinkles, minimize the appearance of stretchmarks, repair sun damage, and heal scarring, all while preventing the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
Who is a bad candidate for microneedling?
Seattle microneedling should not be performed on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment area; open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area; an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics; a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction; are pregnant or nursing; or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).