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 that uses a device covered with tiny needles to prick and stimulate the skin. The device pokes micro-sized holes in the surface of the skin to cause so-called micro-injuries. The skin responds to micro-injuries by stimulating collagen production, which fills in fine lines and plumps skin.
This treatment 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 suit any patient’s needs.
Since its rise in popularity, there are now 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 always a chance it could scar if not performed and monitored by a licensed skincare professional. It is an amazing procedure, but safest when performed by a dermatologist.
Before the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the 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.