The benefits of stem cells and their skin rejuvenating benefits are known to be some of the best in the skincare business, and now they are making their way into microneedling. The popular cosmetic treatment, which continues to gain traction for its ability to increase collagen and elastin while reducing the look of aging skin, can be coupled with plenty of ‘add ons’ and stem cells, which first received praise for wound healing purposes, can really up the ante of microneedling’s effects. Consid
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin rejuvenating procedure that utilizes tiny needles to puncture the skin safely and therefore wound it as a means of stimulating new collagen to improve acne scars and enlarged pores and even promote hair loss. The non-invasive treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, which produces collagen and elastin for younger-looking skin with dramatically improved texture.
During a microneedling treatment, a variety of different skin boosters can be added to the procedure to achieve optimal results. Some people enjoy the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to a traditional microneedling treatment. In contrast, others incorporate stem cells topically, a far more advanced skin treatment, to help further heal the skin. The use of stem cells during microneedling also allows the results and benefits of microneedling to be far more superior to using microneedling alone. The combination approach further triggers and enhances the body’s wound healing capabilities, leading to more substantial results and better improvement in pigment and skin texture.
What are the Benefits of Stem Cell Microneedling?
Adding stem cells to a microneedling treatment offers several skin-friendly benefits since the stem cells flood the skin with growth factors and cytokines (naturally found within stem cells) to help heal the skin. Using stem cells with microneedling treatments garners more noticeable improvement in remodeling both collagen and elastin levels within the skin.
Stem cells, which are a tried-and-true aesthetic treatment, are known to aid in skin regeneration, tighten the skin, reduce enlarged pores, scars and acne, and limit the visible appearance of fine lines and mild wrinkles, and skin discoloration.
The main benefits of stem cell microneedling include:
- Improved skin tone: Discoloration and hyperpigmentation affect a wide array of skin types and tones, and one of the best ways to correct uneven skin tone is with stem cell microneedling. Together, the combination approach breaks down discoloration within the skin to brighten the skin tone and leave it looking more even. Plus, there’s the added benefit of plumper skin, too.
Melasma is a complex type of hyperpigmentation that needs to be treated delicately. Stem cell microneedling is an effective way to improve stubborn discoloration like melasma, which tends to be unresponsive to many skin-brightening ingredients and treatments.
- Improved skin texture: With aging, the skin’s surface can change, become thin yet rough, and lose its natural plumpness. Treating the skin to stem cell microneedling can help eliminate areas where dead and damaged skin cells live to create more evenly textured skin. Stem cell microneedling can also improve divots and scars in the skin, which contribute to an uneven skin texture while stimulating new collagen production to improve skin laxity for tighter, firmer skin.
When scars, particularly acne scars, persist, a stem cell microneedling treatment can help break down the existing scar tissue and encourage the production of new, healthy cell growth for smoother-looking skin.
- Increased collagen and elastin production: It’s typical for the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin to taper off with age. However, it’s important to do everything possible to maintain healthy collagen and elastin levels. That’s because when the skin lacks healthy elastin and collagen, it loses its firmness and ability to snap back into place, leaving it looking saggy.
Treating the skin with stem cell microneedling is a surefire way to jumpstart the collagen production cycle, encourage the body to discard damaged collagen and elastin, and replace them with fresh new bundles for a skin rejuvenating benefit. Adding stem cells to the treatment provides additional growth factors and cytokines to the skin to support the healing process and promote skin rejuvenation.
Besides the apparent effects of stem cell microneedling on the skin, patients appreciate other benefits, particularly that the treatment involves no significant downtime. The skin will likely be red and may feel tight for a few days after stem cell microneedling as it begins to heal, but you won’t need to take time off from work to recover or avoid social engagements either. If there is any dryness, flaking, peeling, or redness that lingers, it can be covered up easily with makeup. It’s also crucial to avoid sun exposure and protect the skin from the sun by using sunscreen daily and keeping it well hydrated with a good moisturizer.
Once the skin fully heals from stem cell microneedling, the results can be seen after an entire course of treatment sessions. Some people may notice an improvement in their skin immediately, but most benefit from a series of monthly treatments that leave the skin looking tighter, smoother, brighter, and far more refreshed. Maintenance treatments are usually recommended every six months to uphold the results seen, which are generally longer-lasting than using microneedling alone.