What is Micro-Needling and Can It Make You Look Younger?
We’ve all heard of micro-needling. It’s rise to popularity in the cosmetic surgery field has caused it to gain quite a bit of attention. Still, many don’t know exactly what it is and does. Many ask the question: can micro-needling make me look younger? To answer this question, we’ll examine the visible signs of aging, what micro-needling is, and what results are produced following a micro-needling procedure.
What Are Visible Signs of Aging?
The skins appearance is one of the tell-tale signs of aging. The timeline is as follows: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and loss of density. Sometimes, fine wrinkles can begin to appear as early as the mid-twenties. They’ll usually appear around the outer corners of the eyes, followed by the cheeks and forehead. As time goes by, they’ll become deeper and more noticeable. Eventually, they’ll be characterized as wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles will form between the nose and mouth because of the skin becoming less taut due to loss of volume. These type of wrinkles are highly noticeable and a sure sign of aging.
What is Micro-needling?
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny needle pricks to stimulate the production of collagen, which is a natural protein that’s essential in skin healing. When collagen is released it forms scar tissue around the tiny wound created by the needle pricks. This scar tissue will eventually harden to form a stronger, less elastic tissue. The downtime for the procedure is minimal; however, multiple procedures may need to be performed for maximum results.
What Are the Results?
Micro-needling has been shown to be effective in reducing or eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it’s minimally invasive, there are little to no side effects and low risk of infection. As previously mentioned, the procedure might need to be repeated multiple times for maximum results to be seen. This is always determined by a cosmetic surgeon.
It can be concluded that micro-needling can make you appear younger. It effects on fine lines and wrinkles will certainly add a youthful glow to your face. Many physicians use it as a compliment to Botox to produce maximum results. They’ve found the combination of the two procedures works quite well. Before and after pictures certainly demonstrate noticeable improvements.
As is the case with all cosmetic surgery procedures, it’s best to arrange a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss if micro-needling is right for you. A good surgeon will take the time to listen to your concerns. They’ll thoroughly examine your skin and evaluate the visible signs of aging present. If micro-needling can help you, they’ll walk you through all aspects of the procedure step by step. They’ll answer any and all questions you might have, and address concerns. Remember: the opinion of a trusted board certified plastic surgeon is always the one that’s most valuable. They have the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to steer you in the right direction.