We know how it is — with each passing birthday, skin seems to sit just a little lower on the face. Fine lines and wrinkles also seem to creep up (hopefully, some of them due to laughter!) It’s no wonder the desire to get firmer skin as we age is nearly universal. And procedures like microneedling aim to address just that.
Now, a lot of wrinkling and sagging is due to your skin’s loss of collagen. When you’re young, your skin has loads of collagen, which makes your skin look, well “youthful”. Collagen acts as the framework for your skin, providing firmness, smoothness, strength, and foundation.
As you age, the collagen in your body breaks down. What’s more — the rate at which your body does produce collagen slows down. Sigh.
Is there anything that can be done? Absolutely.
Even though collagen production slows down with age, your body does continue to produce a certain amount of this protein throughout your life. This fact is especially evident any time you get a small skin injury. Your skin goes into action, producing high rates of collagen that will help form new skin and heal the wound. Pretty amazing, right?
Here’s something even more amazing: we can actually harness this fact and use it to create firmer, more youthful skin with a procedure called microneedling.
Microneedling uses a small tool to go over the top layer of your skin and produce a large number of tiny holes. These minuscule “injuries” (don’t worry — they’re nearly invisible) trigger your skin’s healing process — which includes a big boost in collagen production.
The result? Firmer skin and less sagging — so you look more like you.
Microneedling is an in-and-out process. It takes about 20-45 minutes and won’t take you away from your daily activities. (Although you may experience a bit of redness in the day or two following the procedure).
So if you’re looking to get firmer skin, go ahead and contact us — we can answer any questions you might have about microneedling and help you set up an appointment.
While you’re at it, why not incorporate some collagen-boosting foods into your diet? Foods that are high in nutrients like lysine, proline, and vitamin C can help give your body the building blocks it needs so it can keep producing collagen.
Here are some good sources of each of those nutrients:
A good bit of collagen breakdown is due to your body’s natural aging processes. In other words, there’s no getting around it.
But there’s another — big — factor when it comes to collagen breakdown — and that’s sun exposure. You see, the sun’s UV rays actually play quite a role when it comes to breaking down collagen.
So to prevent further collagen loss — apply a hefty amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen before going out for the day.
Ready to bid farewell to wrinkles and sagging skin? Give us a call — or email us! We can help get you on the road to smoother, firmer skin in no time.