Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the long, warm days. Unfortunately, the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can wreak havoc on your skin, despite your best protection efforts, leaving you with blemishes, marks, and wrinkles.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, both Dr. Trent Fogleman and Dr. Paul Benien Jr. excel in providing cosmetic surgical procedures, but we also offer nonsurgical procedures using the latest technologies available, including our radiofrequency (RF) microneedling.
Here’s a look at how the sun damages your skin and how RF microneedling can reset the clock.
Your skin’s worst enemy
When it comes to the visible signs of aging in your skin, the sun’s UV rays are responsible for a whopping 90%.
There are several ways that exposure can leave its mark, including:
A breakdown in support
Your skin relies on collagen fibers for support, and the sun can break these fibers down, causing your skin to wrinkle and sag.
The melanin in your skin is designed to protect your body from the harmful UV rays, and it does this job well. Over time, however, your melanin can cluster, allowing areas of hyperpigmentation like sun spots and melasma to form.
A growing web
Another side effect of the sun is facial veins. These tiny veins are drawn to the surface of your skin by the sun’s heat, where they can form a most unwelcome web across the surface.
RF microneedling: A powerful combination
To better understand how our RF microneedling works, let’s break down the two parts to see how they work together to clear away sun damage.
The goal of microneedling is to create a matrix of tiny channels in your skin to elicit a mild healing response As your body responds to these tiny “injuries,” it produces more collagen, which fills in the microchannels to lift the entire surface of your skin.
The other benefit of microneedling is that it’s a great technique for breaking apart surface concerns like sun spots, melasma, and facial veins.
The RF component of this process amplifies the call for collagen by delivering a heating energy into your tissue. Here again, your tissue responds by ramping up collagen production.
The RF microneedling treatments take about an hour, at which time you’re free to return home. You may experience some redness, but this side effect is generally short-lived. Over the weeks following your microneedling session, your skin slowly flushes away the damaged skin cells to pave the way for newer, healthier skin to take their place.
To clear away your sun-damaged skin, contact our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to set up an appointment.