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What Is Microneedling and Can I Benefit From It?

September 15th, 2019 |

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Aging, sun exposure, and facial blemishes can lead to wrinkled, damaged skin. Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation technique that improves skin texture and stimulates skin regeneration and collagen growth.

Woman receiving a microneedling treatment while smiling.

You can lay down and relax while you receive your microneedling treatment.

What Does Microneedling Do?

A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment areas, and tiny needles create small punctures within the skin to stimulate new collagen and elastin production.

This treatment promotes your body’s natural healing process to repair the dermis to create a smoother texture and brighter complexion.

Microneedling is virtually painless and does not require any downtime. The benefits of microneedling include:

  • Healthier, youthful skin
  • Tighter skin
  • Reduced fine lines and acne scars

What Can Microneedling Treat?

The face, neck, chest, hands, and stretch marks can all be improved with a microneedling treatment. Stretch marks, acne and other scars, wrinkles, loose skin, age spots, enlarged pores, and other concerns can all be reduced.

The severity of the conditions will determine how many treatments are recommended to achieve the ideal results. One session is typically adequate to reveal smoother, tighter, youthful skin for a long time.

Am I a Candidate for Microneedling Treatments?

Most patients are ideal candidates for microneedling treatments. The only setbacks are active acne, skin conditions (psoriasis or infections), or herpes-related issues that can be worsened with microneedling.

Is Microneedling Safe?

When performed by a professional, microneedling is a safe, effective treatment for the skin.

Home Treatment vs. Professional Microneedling

At-home treatments can damage and irritate the skin, worsening the condition if not done properly. Professionals use a hand-held device with controlled settings that allow multiple depths.

The needles need to be applied with the appropriate amount of pressure to ensure they only go a specific depth into the skin. In a professional setting, all equipment is sterilized and sanitary; home equipment may be more difficult to clean, which can lead to adverse side effects.

While some patients see benefits from in-home microneedling, the risks involved are typically a significant deterrent from trying it. The investment for microneedling with a medical professional can make a huge difference in your appearance and healing time.

How Long Does a Session Take?

Each microneedling session takes approximately one hour to complete. It is recommended that patients come in for additional treatments to maintain and prolong their rejuvenated results.

How Long Is the Recovery?

No downtime is required after microneedling treatments, and the minimally invasive approach leaves no visible scarring. Most patients experience mild discomfort, dryness, redness, and swelling for a few days, and their regular skin care routine can be continued after three days. Alcohol-based toners and sun exposure should be avoided for two weeks after your procedure.

 Acne scars, sun spots, and wrinkles can be corrected with microneedling treatment.

Acne scars, sun spots, and wrinkles can be corrected with microneedling treatment.

How Soon Can I See Results and How Long Do They Last?

After microneedling treatment, the naturally occurring healing response enhances the skin and continues to improve over the next month. Results can usually be seen within the next week or so, and your skin will continue to heal and appear youthful and refreshed, producing long-term effects.

Want to learn more about microneedling? Call our office today at (310) 859-9816 or fill out an online contact form to get in touch with our team.

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