Microneedling has become a popular treatment for a very good reason: It boosts the one skin protein that is responsible for diminishing scars and keeping your face looking youthful.
If you are interested in looking your best, then you probably have already heard about collagen. There are collagen supplements, collagen injections, and much, much more to consider.
Microneedling is a collagen-boosting treatment that should be a part of your consideration.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in your body. In fact, up to 35 percent of the proteins in your body is collagen, making it the most abundant protein in your body. The protein is found in connective tissue like skin and tendons. It literally holds your body together.
That bounce in your cheeks? That’s thanks to collagen. That lack of bounce in your cheeks? That’s because collagen production declines at a rate of one percent per year, more if you’re a smoker.
How Does Microneedling Work to Boost Collagen?
Microneedling creates “micro-injuries” to the skin. As a natural healing response, your body produces collagen. That’s called neocollagenesis – literally “making new collagen.”
Neocollagensis is caused by needles piercing the stratum corneum – the outer most layer of the epidermis. In the clinic, we use needles from 1 mm to 3 mm to achieve desired results and stimulate collagen production.
There are 16 different types of collagen in your body, and microneedling will stimulate the collagen type needed for the area being treated. This is why taking a collagen supplement or injecting collagen may not work, have limited results, or not last as long as you’d like.
Some clients have reported that, after a microneedling treatment, their skin looks and feels 10, 15, and even 20 years younger. When your body makes its own collagen because of micro-injuries, the results also tend to last longer than any other treatment.
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Jennifer Curtin is a medical aesthetician, nationally recognized for her expertise in medical skin care. With more than 20 years of experience in medical aesthetics, she is dedicated to the aesthetic industry and has received awards of merit including the International CIDESCO Certification, Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner and National Leadership Award. Jennifer is also an expert in microneedling and the president of Skintherapy, which is located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. To schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call 404-358-2961.