By Amy Zimmer
Many Hollywood celebrities, aestheticians, dermatologists and plastic surgeons are rolling out the red carpet for the hottest new skincare technique called microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy). It involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. Sound like modern-day torture? It is virtually painless when local numbing cream is used and is incredibly effective with very little downtime.
The micro-injuries created in the skin stimulate the body’s natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover, increased collagen and elastin production, therefore reversing as well as preventing signs of aging. To treat wrinkles, it is recommended that a needle length no greater than 1.5-mm be used especially when doing in-home treatments. However, for deeper wrinkles or severe acne scars, you may need even longer needles for maximum results, so you’ll want to find a dermatologist or facialist who performs microneedle therapy treatments.
I was introduced to this treatment in Europe this summer when I was in search of a little pick-me-up without the downtime of a laser treatment. Summertime, sun, and laser do not work well together for obvious reasons. After my 20 minute treatment, my Austrian therapist sent me packing with a roller to continue my treatments at home. I must say, the results are obvious. My skin appears more plump, has less visible lines and sunspots have decreased. I use the in-home roller at least three days a week and include my décolleté area.
If I sound like a skincare fanatic, let’s just agree to call me religious to my regime; it is paying off and allowing me to age gracefully.