Needles may be a Great Substitute for a Scalpel

MicroNeedling | Howard Sobel MD | Park Avenue Skin & SpaIt used to be that cosmetic plastic surgery was the only alternative to accepting the signs of aging. Today, we have a myriad of solutions from which to choose. In fact, the more we have learned about the skin, connective tissues, and the reasons they break down, the better we have become at resolving the real issues. One of the primary reasons why the signs of age occur is because collagen fibers that support the skin degrade over time. Without sufficient collagen, the skin lacks the foundation and nourishment necessary for suppleness and elasticity. So what do we do about it?

While there are situations in which a surgical lift is the best way to reverse the signs of aging, this approach really doesn’t do anything for collagen production. Men and women who want to keep their skin looking young can turn to our team for collagen induction therapy using the microneedling technique. This may be a great way to postpone the need for plastic surgery, as well as a method of maintenance after a lifting procedure.

What is Microneedling?
This method of encouraging collagen production has taken the aesthetic medicine industry by storm. It works in similar fashion to fractional laser resurfacing, treating only a fraction of the overall surface of the skin. Because it causes collagen proliferation, microneedling is an excellent treatment option for fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity, and for scars and stretch marks.

Treating Facial Skin with Needles? Ouch!
We understand the aversion you may feel about having your facial skin treated with needles. At least surgical lifts are performed under general anesthesia, letting you drift off to dream as you take years off of your appearance! Rest assured, microneedling is not some type of tortuous beauty ritual. Microneedles are smaller than the norm, and the process of treating the skin occurs quickly.

Most patients describe the sensation as light sandpaper being moved over the skin If you are new to microneedling, or simply abhor the idea of discomfort, we are happy to talk with you about the use of topical numbing cream.

Fine. But WHY?
The microscopic channels that are created during the microneedling procedure begin to close within minutes. What happens, though, is that the body quickly responds to the perceived wounds with excess amounts of collagen. As fibers of collagen protein strengthen, the skin looks tighter and becomes more resilient. The improvement in appearance occurs over time as the structure beneath the skin is rebuilt.

Learn more about the benefits of microneedling treatment when you call 212-288-0060.

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