By CATHI AYCOCK

I had thousands of holes punched in my face.

And I’m thrilled about it.

Microneedling, a procedure where a doctor or nurse uses a handheld device with very small needles to create tiny punctures on the skin, sounds like something from a torture movie. The science behind the procedure however is more akin to a science fiction movie.

(To see a video of the procedure, click here and scroll to video on Dr. Brought’s Facebook page.)

With virtually no downtime, microneedling and laser deliver results without going into hiding. This is day 2 after the procedure. I am wearing foundation, but other than some slight redness, I am good to go.

Imagine your skin as the sheets on a bed and the underlying structure as the mattress. Your sheets can be clean and shiny, but if the mattress is lumpy, the sheets don’t look or feel good.

As you age, your body stops turning over cells at the rate it did when you were young, and collagen production decreases dramatically.

But when your body receives the message that there has been injury to the skin, it spurs cell turnover to aid healing making your “mattress” look taut and smooth.

Microneedling is basically a way to create a controlled “injury” so that your body will get the “cell turnover” message.

Using a handheld device with tiny needles, microneedling creates a controlled injury to signal your body to increase cell turnover.

“Microneedling focuses on the epidermis which is the outermost layer that displays our skin’s texture, pigment, and tone. It represents a barrier of protection and carefully targeted microtraumas via microneedling trigger the skin’s increased cell turnover and the overall remodeling/rejuvenating response,” explains Dr. Nathan Brought with SPRSI Plastic Surgery in Franklin.

But Dr. Brought uses more than just microneedling to firm up the mattress. He combines a perfect trio of laser, microneedling and product to maximize results.

Brought first uses a handheld laser and does one pass all over my face. Then, he uses the microneedling device to create the “controlled injury,” adding a serum with micropeptides and growth factors which he smoothed over my face.

Why the laser? According to Brought, it reaches the dermis, which is the deepest layer of the skin.

“The laser hits a level in the skin that contains, many important structures, including significant amounts of collagen and elastin. So by using a laser to reach the dermis and give the body a cue to produce more collagen and then microneedling to treat the outermost layer and produce a burst of cell turnover, you are hitting both the tone and texture of the skin,” Dr. Brought says.

The addition of the highly concentrated micropeptides and growth factors that we also used during the microneedling are intended to help boost the remodeling and revitalizing processes (skin tightening, improving texture and tone)  which are stimulated by the procedures themselves.  The microneedling channels help provide a direct route for the boosting products to get to where they need to be and to begin their action immediately according to Dr.Brought.

Post laser and microneedling, Dr. Brought pulls out an arsenal of products, all designed to give the skin exactly what is needs to produce collagen including vitamin C, Copper peptides, and multiple extracts that have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and skin whitening properties.

Brought is emphatic that the process isn’t an overnight wonder. It takes up to three months to see the full benefits and he recommends two treatments six weeks apart.

While my face was beet red the day of the treatment, the next day I was able to cover any lingering redness with makeup and by day three all redness was gone.

I am three weeks out from the first treatment and can already see a huge difference. Those little creases above my lip are nearly invisible and my skin looks luminous.

Sign me up again for thousands of holes punched in my face. I love it.