Microneedling & the importance of Collagen
Microneedling has quickly become a hot commodity and one of my favourite go-to treatments. The best part is that it’s a minimally invasive treatment. Essentially very fine, short needles (they range from 0.5-2.5 millimetres) penetrate the skin which in turn causes rejuvenation. The small punctures are only surface level deep which makes this treatment easy to recover from. The idea is these “little injuries” make your skin respond to repair, the skin then rejuvenates new tissue.
When you get this treatment you can expect to have a thin layer of numbing cream applied to your face for about 30 minutes. Once the treatment begins its rather quick! You feel a small amount of pressure but no pain. Redness is completely normal post treatment followed by plumpness and luminosity in the coming days and weeks.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SERVICE
1 WEEK POST SERVICE
The after care steps are super simple. We recommend using a serum to keep your skin hydrated and to avoid any tightness of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is amazing for this as well as niacinamide and anything that contains antioxidants to keep your skin feeling smooth and plump. Be gentle with your skin following your treatment, don’t wash your face immediately after and avoid all exposure to high heat. Remember, sunscreen will be your best friend!
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The benefits to microneedling are endless. It can minimize the appearance of scars and wrinkles. The quality of your skin will appear healthier and more radiant. It can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks and sun spots. If you struggle with large pores or uneven skin tones this treatment is for you too. Overall, it helps prevent signs of aging.
The main benefit is that it produces collagen! A study in 2008 explained that after 4 microneedling sessions spaced 1 month apart the skin produced a 400% increase in collagen and elastin 6 months post treatment.
Collagen is the most prevalent protein in your body. It is important for many reasons but for our purposes it provides structure to your skin and gives the skin strength and elasticity. As we age our body produces less collagen. This is why our skin begins to appear less firm. To keep a youthful glow and plump skin, collagen is key. Collagen smoothes wrinkles and boosts the elasticity in our skin. When our skins elasticity is at its peak it can better hold onto moisture. That means your moisturizer and serums will penetrate deeper into your skin. After the microneedling treatment, the punctures start to repair themselves and collagen is produced in the process leaving your skin with the youthful glow we all strive for!