One of the primary changes that occur with age is that our fibroblast cells go dormant. These are the cells that produce collagen and elastin, which are critical to youthful-looking skin. When they decline, we begin to see discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and other cosmetic problems. Historically, the signs of aging have been addressed surgically. Today, we have a variety of nonsurgical strategies to rejuvenate the skin. Microneedling is one that we are proud to offer.
What is medical microneedling?
Microneedling is a professional, minimally-invasive treatment that is performed to provoke collagen production. It is a unique method of skin rejuvenation that stimulates a healing response in the body by creating numerous tiny channels that reach about 3 millimeters beneath the epidermis. This depth is shallow enough to be comfortable and significant enough to trigger an influx of healing collagen and elastin.
Medical microneedling will help you achieve a healthier, smoother, and brighter complexion. A wonderful treatment for improving fine lines, scarring, stretch marks, and retexturing of the skin. It can be performed almost everywhere on the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and back. All skin types can benefit from microneedling treatments.
How does microneedling work?
After hundreds of micro-channels are made in the deeper layers of the skin, they fill with blood, nutrients, liquid scar tissue, and lymphatic fluid. This mixture is the base material from which healthy new skin cells are made. These new cells have a generous dose of collagen, the protein that makes tissue smooth and firm. They also have elastin, the chemical that allows the skin to stretch.
Is Microneedling safe?
Microneedling is a safe and effective way to rejuvenate the skin. This technique achieves the best results when performed in the clinical setting by a trained professional. We use the latest microneedling device that penetrates the skin in a uniform, mechanized manner that does not tear or abrade the epidermis.
Am I a good candidate for microneedling treatments?
Many adults are great candidates for microneedling treatments. This technique is a good solution for people who want a nonsurgical, drug-free approach to treating concerns such as:
- Mild to moderate lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin texture or roughness
- Mild to moderate skin looseness
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne scars or other scarring
Benefits of Microneedling
There are several reasons why microneedling is a popular treatment. Patients appreciate that they do not need anesthesia or downtime to recover from their skin-boosting procedure. Microneedling works in conjunction with the body’s natural processes to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Results can last several months due to the increase in collagen and elastin to support the skin. The procedure takes less than an hour and is made comfortable with a topical numbing cream applied prior to treatment. There isn’t much not to love about microneedling!
Before & After
What should I do to prepare for a microneedling treatment?
It is important to avoid situations that can increase the skin’s sensitivity before microneedling. Starting about one week before a microneedling appointment, clients should avoid:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Chemical or laser treatments
- Blood-thinning medications such as aspirin
- Topical products that may make the skin sensitive, such as glycolic acid or Retin-A
- Clients should be off Accutane for six months before undergoing microneedling
- Clients prone to cold sores may need to take an anti-viral medication beginning a few days before treatment
How long will it take for me to see results from my microneedling treatment?
Most patients see results after the first microneedling treatment. Individual results vary depending on individual skin health. It is most common to begin to see true changes or positive results as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. Many patients comment on positive changes in even less time. Often, change is noted within just a few days.
How long will my results last?
Microneedling produces results through the stimulation of growth factors and collagen, thereby promoting new skin cells to surface. As our skin ages, our collagen production naturally slows down. Your overall result will last longer when using an at-home skincare regimen that includes a daily Retinoid product, which your medical esthetician will recommend specifically for you and your skin. New collagen and elastin formation in the skin are documented as visually and measurably improved as much as one year after just one treatment. However, a series of treatments is typically recommended for the best results.
Clients can expect some redness and possibly small pinpoints of bleeding during the first day after microneedling treatment. By the following day, the minor inflammation stimulated by treatment usually fades to slight redness that resembles a sunburn. The skin may feel tight and dry. To promote optimal tissue regeneration, experts recommend:
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen for one week after microneedling. We want the skin to go through its inflammatory response to rebuild collagen and elastin fibers.
- Avoid using retinoids, vitamin C, and glycolic or alpha-hydroxy acids for a few days.
- Avoid sun exposure for a few days after microneedling.
- Keep the skin clean and moisturized as instructed by the provider.
How often should I get microneedling treatments?
This treatment is not considered a one-and-done procedure. The skin will always need collagen and elastin, so it is necessary to attend to that need with some form of stimulating treatment. Microneedling can be performed every 2 to 4 weeks for a series of up to 6 treatments to get an initial boost of rejuvenation. After that time, treatments can be scheduled as needed for each individual.
What will I look like after my microneedling treatment?
Microneedling is considered a low downtime treatment. Immediately after your treatment, your skin will look slightly pink to moderately red with possible pinpoint bleeding. Your Medical Esthetician will recommend an individualized post-care regimen of skincare products which will greatly minimize these symptoms and enhance your overall results.
Can I use makeup after having my microneedling treatment?
Directly after your treatment, we recommend using only Jane Iredale mineral-based cosmetic products. The brand as a whole contains only skin-loving ingredients and therefore is gentle enough to use on freshly-treated healing skin. If you wish to, you may return to using your normal foundation after a minimum of 4 days post-treatment. Please note: Our team strongly encourages clients to use Jane Iredale products throughout the entire course of treatment.
Will the microneedling procedure hurt?
Prior to your treatment with the microneedling pen, the medical provider will apply a topical numbing agent. Most people say they feel almost nothing when numbing cream is used.
Schedule Your Consultation
Call 704.782.7546 to schedule your consultation to learn more about Microneedling Skin Rejuvenation.
We recommend that all New Clients start with our Fresh Start Consultation & Treatment to assess your skin care needs and ensure that your skin is ready for a medical grade peel. At this time, our team will educate you on how your skin is functioning, skin care products and customize treatment goals.
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