What Is Microneedling and How Is It Beneficial?
Microneeding is an innovative aesthetic procedure that stimulates percutaneous collagen production. It targets a wide range of skin conditions including fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scarring and stretch marks. The procedure also improves skin’s texture and tone and helps to even out pigmentation.
The Micropen works by creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, sometimes as much as 1000%! The micro-channels created during treatment also allow topical gels, creams, and serums to be absorbed more deeply, which vastly improves their effectiveness.
Am I a Candidate? Which Areas Can I Treat?
This is a versatile treatment that can be used on all parts of the body: face, neck, decollete, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. The device is approved for use on all skin types.
How Is the Procedure Performed, and What Can I Expect?
Before the treatment, some local numbing cream is applied to the area being treated. A sterile tip is attached to the MicroPen and the settings will be adjusted to fit your skin’s unique needs. Once activated the pen is gently glided along the skin surface in combination with the serum of your choice. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the process takes about 30-45 minutes.
What Is the Difference between Treatment Serums, and Which One Is Right for Me?
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in our cells but decreases as we age. It holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water preventing evaporation of water from the skin. Using HA with the micropen will increase collagen production by up to 200%, and will leave the skin ultra-hydrated.
PRP is obtained by taking a small sample of blood from the patient before the procedure and separating the plasma out of the blood with a special machine. The plasma is rich in platelets, and other growth factors that aid in the skin’s healing process. When used in combination with the micropen this supercharged healing agent can increase collagen production by 1000%!!!
Growth factor is a special serum containing synthetic healing agents that can be used in place of platelet rich plasma if a patient is opposed to a blood draw.
What Is the Downtime and When Can I Expect to See Results after microneedling?
Once the treatment is complete there will be a redness to the skin. The total healing time for this condition will depend on each individual’s response, but usually, about 48 hours of healing time can be expected. As soon as the treatment is complete most patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several weeks, with maximum collagen production reached 4-6 weeks after treatment.
Although some improvement will be seen with a single treatment, a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart is recommended for optimal results. For more severe cases 6-8 sessions may be recommended. Each patient’s results will vary, so schedule a complimentary consultation with our skin care specialist and together you can come up with a customized treatment plan.
Don’t delay finding out how Dr. Erella and the team at Aspira Plastic Surgery and Med Spa can help you improve your complexion. Contact our office in Austin online, or call (512) 686-0012 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve patients from Round Rock, Lakeway, and the surrounding areas.