What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure performed to help smoothen your skin texture and minimize the appearance of scars. It involves pricking the skin with small, pinpoint bleeding, sterilized needles to create micro-wounds, stimulating collagen production, which will help to soften the appearance of scars over time. This treatment is a great solution to softening the appearance of facial acne scars, as well as improving the look of large pores, stretch marks, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it offers the added benefit of improving product absorption, so creams and serums can better penetrate the skin. It is quite tolerable, and you can return home directly afterward to begin healing.
First, the skin will be cleansed and dried, and a numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to ensure you are comfortable. Then, the microneedling tool will be smoothed across the area, which will create small punctures in the skin. This will stimulate the body’s natural healing response to create more collagen. A cream or serum may be applied after treatment to soothe the skin or help boost the microneedling result. The procedure usually takes ~30 minutes to complete, depending on how large the treatment area is.
What to Expect After Microneedling?
Following microneedling, mild redness, swelling and pinpoint bleeding may occur, which dissipates over a few days. The skin may also feel tight and flake while healing. Overall healing time will vary, depending on the size of the treatment area, and can take anywhere from 1-5 days. It is important to avoid sun exposure for the first couple of days, to help avoid sunburn. Most patients need a few treatments before any changes are seen, as it takes time for your body to heal itself and stimulate collagen production. Dr. Beach will provide you with instructions on how to care for the skin following your microneedling treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
When you want to improve the appearance of skin texture, diminish acne scars or traumatic scars you may benefit from microneedling. Those with keloid scars, who have history of severe eczema, with psoriasis or other chronic conditions, or those who are immunosuppressed should not undergo this treatment. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for your cosmetic goals is to schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Beach, during which she can examine your scars and create a treatment plan that is right for you.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about microneedling and how it can help improve your skin texture and soften the look of your scars, contact DermAtelier on Avenue today. We will be happy to help you outline your options, create a comprehensive treatment plan and help you achieve your best skin.