Microneedling is a dermaroller procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin. The purpose of treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin. Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various scars, wrinkles, and large pores.
How Dermal Microneedling Works
Our bodies have a natural repair and healing process that reacts to injury by producing new collagen and encouraging elasticity. Dermal microneedling initiates this injury response by creating hundreds of temporary micro channels or openings in the skin without any thermal energy or skin removal. In response, our bodies lay down new collagen under the skin resulting in tightening of the skin and smoothing of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
About Microneedling Treatments
Patients typically tolerate microneedling treatments very well. Topical numbing creams are applied for 30 minutes prior to treatments. Then the treatment usually takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete, depending on the areas to be treated. As there is trauma to the skin, an antiviral may need to be prescribed if you are prone to cold sores. Many report little or no discomfort during the procedure. We will work with you to ensure your comfort during the procedure. This procedure is minimally invasive; however, since the skin is being penetrated there will be some effects afterward. The more aggressive the treatment, the more side effects.
What to Expect After Dermal Microneedling
Redness, swelling and tenderness may follow the procedure but with little to no downtime. The following day patients may return to work and resume normal activities. Most patients are able to conceal any residual signs of the treatment with makeup. Within days, there will be no evidence that any treatment was performed.
Typical post-treatment effects:
- Day 1: Mild to moderate swelling and redness. There may be some mild bruising as well.
- Day 2: Some persisting redness may be present, but all redness, bruising and swelling should be diminishing. One can apply makeup to cover any remaining redness.
- Day 3: Most redness, bruising and swelling should be nearly gone. Normal appearance with makeup may be achieved.
- Day 4: Skin appears mostly normal at this point with some minor swelling.
What Dermal Microneedling Can Do for You
Dermal microneedling is an excellent way to achieve a smooth face. With this service, about a dozen fine needles are used to penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface to rebuild elasticity, collagen, and reduce pore size. You can expect acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles to diminish over a series of treatments. For the best results, we recommend three to six sessions depending on the problem we are addressing. Deeper lines require at least six treatments while pigmentation or fine lines may require less. The procedure may be combined with vitamin C and other antioxidants to stimulate even more collagen production. Call us today at 805-715-4996 to learn more about this exciting noninvasive non-surgical option.