You probably have a long-time friend who is a pro at needling you. Usually the gentle barbs are exactly what you need after a long day.
Your psyche’s not all that responds to a little needling — your skin likes it too. It’s called microneedling and it’s just one of the myriad skin improvement techniques we use at Spa Vitoria. We offer microneedling to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, resolve pigmentation issues, and soften scars.
Microneedling triggers a wound response in the body. This concept is the basis of many skin rejuvenation procedures. Everything from fractional lasers to radiofrequency waves, when the energy is delivered into the dermis the body perceives it as an injury and responds by creating new cells, including collagen. Since collagen is the basic protein responsible for the support structure of the skin, the more collagen the merrier!
Microneedling at Spa Vitoria is another effective rejuvenation option. Also known as collagen induction therapy, the idea is to prick the skin to stimulate that healing response in the body.
It’s all about the “pen”
Microneedling involves the use of a “pen” that contains 12 very fine needles. Our aestheticians move the microneedling pen across the treatment areas, which have been numbed topically beforehand. The needles puncture the skin to create thousands of microscopic channels. Although the “wounds” heal within just an hour since they are so tiny, the body still reacts as if it has been wounded by producing new collagen and elastin. Through this process, skin texture and firmness improve.
What can microneedling treat?
At Spa Vitoria, we treat numerous skin conditions with microneedling — fine lines, melasma, hyperpigmentation, surgical scarring, stretch marks, and large pores. We usually recommend from three to six microneedling sessions for the best results. After that initial series, it’s a good idea to have microneedling every few months.
How does it work?
As we noted above, the concept of microneedling is to wound the skin and trigger the body to heal it. Despite being microscopic, the thousands of tiny channels made through the epidermis activate the body’s healing response. This process induces the production of new collagen in the skin, known as neocollagenesis. Not only does this procedure stimulate collagen production, it also builds up the growth of endothelial cells, which are the thin layers of cells lining the blood vessels and capillaries. This means there will be better blood supply to the skin, which creates a healthy glow. Also, following treatment, we apply topical gels, creams, and serums (depending on the needs of your skin) and they are absorbed more effectively due to the microchannels in your skin.
Non-invasive and safe
Because the epidermis remains intact, microneedling is safe and can be used in areas where laser treatments and deep peels can’t be done. Plus, the topical numbing keeps the patient comfortable. The procedure can be repeated every four to six weeks as needed. For one to two days after treatment, you’ll have some redness and mild swelling akin to a mild sunburn, but that’s it.
Interested in boosting your body’s collagen production? Maybe your skin would like a little needling? Call us at our Spa Vitoria Park City or Salt Lake City offices and schedule an appointment.