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Should You Try Microneedling?

Does your skin look a bit different than it used to when you were younger? Perhaps it is sagging a bit or has fine lines or wrinkles. You may even have enlarged pores, acne scars, chickenpox scars, surgery scars, or hyperpigmentation. These skin blemishes can make us feel insecure and unhappy, but there’s good news. There is a minor procedure that can help eliminate or reduce the appearance of these issues, and it can be done right in Dr. Peterson’s office!

It’s called microneedling, and it’s done by using a device with 12 small needles that puncture the skin to promote healing and regenerate collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are what gives youthful skin it’s tight, healthy appearance and allow it to “bounce back” into place if pinched or pulled. Unfortunately, as we age our bodies stop making as much collagen and elastin as they did in our youth. In fact, we lose one percent of our collagen and elastin each year after we turn about twenty or so. This is why we get wrinkles and sagging skin.

But microneedling can help change all of that. It works by puncturing the skin, telling the body it has been injured. In response, the body works to create new collagen and elastin to heal the perceived injury. This collagen is permanent and helps to heal any area that has been treated by the microneedling.

Microneedling can be performed on any skin tone and does not cause side effects like hyperpigmentation. Your skin is numbed prior to the procedure, so it is virtually painless. Most patients say it feels like fine-grade sandpaper being wiped across their skin, and it is generally well-tolerated.

You can expect some initial redness and possible slight bleeding after your treatment, however, this should subside within the first 24 hours. Following your microneedling treatment, you should be able to return to normal activities, however, you may want to take the day off to allow the redness to subside. The redness is akin to a slight sunburn.

To learn more about microneedling, please contact Dr. Peterson’s office for a consultation.

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