Keeping the skin plump and youthful is a full time job and often leads patients to seek out invasive cosmetic surgeries. The good news is that there are a number of non-invasive treatments available today that can give the skin a boost by encouraging collagen production. Microneedling is one of these magical treatments. While it has been used for decades to treat facial scars, it has most recently seen a surge in popularity as a facial rejuvenation treatment because of celebrity endorsements from Bar Rafaeli and Kim Kardashian.
Microneedling is a procedure utilizing a device covered with tiny needles. The device pokes micro-sized holes in the surface of the skin also called micro-injuries. The skin responds by stimulating collagen production filling fine lines and plumping skin.
This may not be the best treatment option for patients who are afraid of needles, but for most, it produces outstanding results for acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and overall skin health. Microneedling is not just for the face either, it can be used on the arms, neck, legs, hands and more. The practitioner can customize microneedling to suite any patient’s needs.
Since its rise in popularity, there are now some home microneedling devices being sold. It is important to avoid trying to perform your own microdneedling treatment due to the risks of scarring and infection. Because you are creating a wound in the skin, there is alway a chance it could scar if not performed and monitored by a licensed skin care professional. It is an amazing procedure, but better performed by a dermatologist.
Before the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the patient skin to make sure there is not any pain during the procedure. Then the small microneedling device is rolled over the skin, creating tiny, shallow holes in the surface. The treatment usually takes about 30 minutes and the skin will be red immediately following.
If you have acne scarring, fine lines, stretch marks or other skin irregularities that you want to diminish, please call Kwan Dermatology to find out if Microneedling is a treatment that can accomplish your aesthetic goals.