One of the most common skin health-related questions is, “how can I tighten my skin?” It’s not unusual for people to desire tight skin because it tends to be smoother and more youthful looking. However, it’s a common misconception that loose, and sometimes saggy skin is only associated with aging. Which would also explain why many people view skin care as something for middle-aged people or older. Although aging often results in loose skin, your skin is also dependent on your genetic makeup. Early signs of loose or undesirable skin often start in the most inconvenient places like the forehead, neck, and stomach. Keep reading to learn more about the viability of microneedling for treating early signs of wrinkles and loose skin.
What Causes Loose Skin?
Youthful and healthy-looking skin are primarily preserved by two things: collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is a big part of the connective tissues in your body involving the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and skin. Elastin, on the other hand, is also found in the connective tissues, however, the elastin is the protein responsible for making our tissues snap back into place after moving. Elastin is in the lungs, intestines, artery walls, and the skin. As we age, our collagen and elastin levels drop, and as a result we experience weak and often droopy looking skin.
Like most health issues, however, low collagen and elastin levels aren’t always age-related. Some people are born with naturally lower levels of these proteins. Oftentimes, people who have just lost a lot of weight or just went through pregnancy have trouble restoring the elasticity and strength of their skin back to what it used to be.
Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is the process of using super-fine needles to create micro injuries in the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Although this may seem like it would be highly damaging to your skin, the punctures are small enough that your skin will not be damaged long term. Instead, this process stimulates the area enough for your body to send collagen to the area in order to repair the wound. When this happens, the skin will be “rebuilt” in a sense, stronger than it was before. This procedure can be coupled with collagen-building topical treatments for even better results.
Your next question may be, “why choose microneedling?” Although there are several other skin tightening procedures on the market, few have proven to be as effective as microneedling. And with recent technological advancements, microneedling has become more safe and effective than ever before. Traditional microneedling is done with what’s called a dermaroller which creates the puncture wounds by rolling the device over the skin. However, here at MDPen, our microdermal pen is designed to create more precise puncture wounds and can be further controlled by switching to a different type and size of needle.
With the microdermal pen, patients will experience no trauma and less downtime in comparison to traditional microneedling. However, it’s important to note that most skincare procedures will leave your skin vulnerable for a certain period of time, so you should speak with your dermatologist and esthetician to ensure you’re applying the correct topical medications after the procedure.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatments you’ll need will depend mostly on the severity and type of issue you’re facing. After your first microneedling treatment, wrinkles will noticeably reduce and it will generally look and feel tighter. However, if you want to work towards completely eliminating them or other abnormalities like sun damage, stretch marks, or acne scarring, four to eight treatments should be enough to see optimal results. These sessions will be spread over the course of several months to ensure your skin has enough time to fully recover.
What Are The Side Effects?
Like we mentioned earlier, microneedling will leave your skin vulnerable for several days. As a result, you’ll need to make sure you keep it clean and allow time for it to heal before touching it, spending an extended period of time in the sun, or exercising. microneedling is minimally invasive, so you won’t experience scarring or skin damage of any kind just inflammation for several days after the treatment. Speak with your practitioner to learn more about the details of the post-treatment process.
Contact MDPen Today
If you’re looking for a solution to loose and wrinkly skin, you can’t afford to be led on by ineffective medications or skin care procedures. microneedling is one of the most effective and proven ways of rejuvenating skin and making you look and feel healthier. Visit our site to find a practitioner in your area or, if you’re interested, learn about starting your own skin care practice.