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The aging process occurs at different rates for different people, depending on their unique genetics, environmental factors and general lifestyles. Eventually, age does leaves its mark upon our skin. Sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration can leave us looking older than we feel. Fortunately, something called microneedling can help to turn back the clock on these unwelcome skin changes. Microneedling Many people would like to see a reduction in aging skin concerns, like wrinkles and discoloration, but would prefer methods that do not involve surgery, sedation and lengthy downtimes. Microneedling is such a technique. It involves using very small, fine micro-needles to puncture the skin. This micro-puncture is barely visible and temporary. The body responds by sending fresh collagen and elastin to the skin for repair. The result is that the older skin is turned over and new, fresh skin takes its place, which makes the skin appear more youthful. The micro-channels created by microneedling also make it ideal for improving the absorption of various skin agents. It can be combined with different topical solutions to enhance skin absorption. The skin normally has a barrier that prevents most substances from entering into deeper layers of skin. This barrier is composed of a matrix of substances, like dead skin cells and oils. Microneedling bypasses this natural barrier. Benefits In addition to enhancing the absorption of topical skin care products, microneedling boosts collagen production and blood circulation. Microneedling works on all skin types, treating the face, mouth, scalp, neck and the skin around the eyes. It has also been found to improve: - Rough skin - Fine lines and wrinkles - Crow's feet - Acne scars - Aging skin - Stretch marks - Surgical scars Is Microneedling Safe? Microneedling is extremely safe. The device is sterilized prior to use. It is harmless for every type of skin because the epidermis remains undamaged during treatment. The treatment works on even sensitive parts of the skin, like the neck, eyes and the back of the hands. The number of treatments you will need depends upon your own unique skin condition. Many people notice improvements after only one to four sessions. Schedule Your Consultation Today The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling is to come in for a consultation at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. We are located in Bethesda, and also proudly serve the Washington, DC area. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.