Microneedling is a process in which a dermatologist uses a special tool called the Skin Pen to create numerous tiny, controlled wounds in a specific area of skin. Though this may seem counterintuitive at first, there is clinical evidence to support the use of microneedling to help improve acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and even stretchmarks.
The Skin Pen is an FDA-approved microneedling device that contains several tiny needles. This single-use tool is delivered in a sterile sheath in order to ensure the safety of the patient. The dermatologist will move the device over your skin in a very precise and controlled manner.
This process stimulates collagen production and helps the skin produce collagen-rich tissue. With new collagen-rich skin tissue, the skin appears younger, smoother, and firmer.
Microneedling can be used to address skin issues on the face and body. It can be used in a number of regions, including the abdomen, arms, buttocks, and thighs.
What Makes Microneedling at Premier Dermatology Different?
Microneedling treatments at Premier Dermatology can include skin boosters. The controlled wounds in the skin created by microneedling are also known as microchannels. These microchannels allow healing serums called skin boosters to penetrate further into the tissues. This deeper penetration allows their benefits to be even more effective.
Two skin-boosting microneedling treatments at Premier Dermatology are microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP) and our own Premier MicroGlow.
Platelet rich plasma is obtained from your own blood. Your blood is drawn and spun to collect the growth-factor-rich plasma that is then introduced into the skin with a microneedling device. PRP contains 13 growth factors to boost the collagen and elastin production that you achieve with microneedling.
Premier MicroGlow is our own designed skin booster containing small amounts of neurotoxin and hyaluronic acid. By introducing micro aliquots of the neurotoxin and hyaluronic acid, you get immediate results in the form of improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, reduced skin oiliness/shine, and reduction in pore size. In addition, you still benefit from the longer-term mechanical stimulation of the microneedling with increased collagen and elastin production. This further improves overall elasticity, luminosity, and smoothness.
We also provide Morpheus8 RF microneedling for enhanced skin-rejuvenation results. This state-of-the-art skin treatment is an ideal option for effective skin tightening and treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?
The best candidates for a microneedling treatment are healthy individuals who want to improve the tone and texture of their skin or minimize scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and even hyperpigmentation. How our skin ages depends on multiple factors, including genetics, prolonged sun exposure, smoking history, our diet, and environmental factors.
Before considering this treatment, you will need to address any acne breakouts or skin infections. If you have any pre-existing conditions that could lead to wound-healing complications, you should bring this up during your consultation.
Your Microneedling Consultation
During the consultation, we will examine your skin concerns to determine if microneedling is the best treatment for you. You will be asked about your complete medical history to confirm your eligibility.
After confirming that microneedling is safe for you, we will guide you regarding the necessary preparations. Feel free to ask all your questions to help you feel more confident about the treatment and to help set realistic expectations.
How to Prepare for a Microneedling Session
Since a microneedling treatment is minimally invasive, you must prepare properly in order to have a safe and comfortable session. Refrain from using abrasive or skin-peeling skin products for at least 48 hours before treatment. These include retinols, exfoliants, and acids.
Five days prior to your microneedling session, avoid excessive UV exposure, including tanning beds, and hair-removal treatments like waxing, depilatory creams, and electrolysis.
If you have IPL or other laser procedures planned, be sure to schedule those at least two weeks prior to your session for microneedling.
What to Expect During a Microneedling Treatment
Microneedling is not particularly painful and is well tolerated; however, to improve your comfort, a topical numbing cream will be applied prior to the procedure.
Once the anesthesia is in effect, the microneedling device will be moved across your skin. Your skin will be treated in sections and various patterns or directions.
You may experience some discomfort or stinging, though many people report feeling no discomfort at all due to the topical anesthetic that is typically applied beforehand.
Are There Side Effects or Risks?
After a microneedling treatment, swelling and redness are normal. These should fade away in 1-2 days. After 5 days, your skin may begin to peel. This process is also normal. Expect smooth and glowing skin a week after your microneedling treatment.
There is no downtime, and you can resume your normal activities after your session, though it is advised to avoid using cosmetics for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure to help reduce the risk of infection and/or irritation. Though microneedling is generally considered safe, the treatment will vary from one person to the next. Some individuals may require microneedling once a month for several months in order to achieve their goals, but others may require only a handful of treatments.
The total cost of a microneedling treatment will depend on the doctor’s recommendation. Most patients need 4-6 sessions to see results.
Microneedling is not covered by medical insurance. Speak with our financing department to discuss available payment options.
Book Your Consultation
To find out if microneedling is right for you, contact the team at Premier Dermatology for a consultation.
Our team of medical professionals will diagnose the root cause of your skin problems and create the best treatment plan.
We believe that skin rejuvenation is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your treatment will be created to match your appearance goals and preferences.