New skin care study confirms micro-needling benefits photoaged skin

Just one year ago, Plastic Surgery Practice ran an article asking “Is Microneedling really the next big thing?” The answer, posed by a recent study that tracked the results for skin care patients with class II to III wrinkles, was a resounding yes—meaning that patients seeking non-invasive skin care options in South Jersey and beyond have an option that can reduce wrinkles, scars, and other skin damage without a significant time commitment or downtime. For dermatologists like Dr. Robin Levin of South Jersey Skin Care and Laser Center, the recent study revealing that micro-needling is beneficial for photo aged skin comes as no surprise.

An assessment of the study published on Medical Xpress on Nov. 19—”Microneedling found beneficial for photoaged skin”—specified that the noninvasive skin care procedure available to patients in South Jersey and beyond is particularly effective at minimizing skin damage specifically caused by the sun, also known as photoaging. There are many factors that impact the overall health and appearance of skin. Some of them, such as age, are natural and unavoidable, requiring the intervention of a dermatologist like Dr. Robin Levin to heal the skin. Others, such as the sun, can be mitigated by the use of protective clothing and sunscreen.

While UVB rays tend to cause sunburn, UVA rays can produce more lasting damage by delving deep into the dermis and damaging the collagen fibers that help the skin appear youthful. The skin responds, attempting to heal itself, but the healing process doesn’t always happen the way it’s supposed to, as enzymes that are supposed to heal the skin sometimes malfunction, eventually producing wrinkles and sometimes liver spots that are most likely to occur on the hands, arms, face, and back. Though it is possible to prevent some of this damage, even skin care patients in South Jersey with the best of intentions still find themselves developing unwanted wrinkles.

The study, which was initially published in the December issue of the International Journal of Dermatology, involved providing micro-needling skin care treatment to 10 patients. Skin care patients received six micro-needling treatments at two-week intervals.

Skin care researchers discovered that the photoaged skin was demonstrably healthier after the treatments. They concluded that micro-needling was a “promising minimally invasive treatment option with the advantage of increased collagen production.” They also noted that to achieve and maintain the best possible results, skin care patients should consider multiple micro-needling sessions.

According to studies released by the American Society for Plastic Surgery, patients are seeking minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in record numbers with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures rising by 4 percent in 2014. It stands to reason that skin care patients in South Jersey and elsewhere seeking to heal and refresh skin damaged by the sun would find micro-needling to be just what the dermatologist ordered.

Dr. Robin Levin is a board-certified dermatologist with a specialization in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and a professional member of the Skin Cancer Foundation and has been honored as a South Jersey Top Physician and South Jersey Top Physician for Women. She provides expert skin care services including micro-needling to South Jersey women and men at the South Jersey Skin Care and Laser Center.



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