Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) involves the use of fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin.

While this may not sound like the most appealing treatment option, microneedling can help to dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. The treatment causes controlled micro-injuries that work to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanism. The micro-injuries stimulate the skin to release cytokines and growth factors that cause the remodeling of elastin and collagen.

The microneedling process occurs in three steps:

Step 1: Inflammation

Piercing the skin triggers the body's immune system to disinfect the tiny wounds, eliminate debris, and increase blood flow to the region in order to create healthy new tissue.

Step 2: Proliferation

The wounded skin is repaired with new granulation cells, in addition to temporary elastin and type 3 collagen which is both part of the body's extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels begins to develop.

Step 3: Remodeling

The wounds have now been repaired with new blood vessels and dermal tissues. The temporary type 3 collagen has been replaced by type 1 collagen in the newly repaired skin, which can tighten to create a "shrinkwrap" effect on the appearance of skin.

Microneedling makes a great option for patients looking to reduce the signs of aging and to improve the appearance of acne scars. The treatment is appropriate for all skin types, and it can be used in many areas throughout the body. Microneedling is nearly pain-free and has minimal chances of causing scarring or an infection.

If you are looking for the best local dermatologist in Wilsonville and Salem, please contact our office today to learn more about microneedling.

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