Are you tired of looking in the mirror to see the same old acne scars you’ve had for years? Maybe you are developing fine lines and wrinkles that you simply don’t want. Or perhaps your stretch marks aren’t fading as you hoped. Fortunately, damaged skin no longer has to be tolerated for the rest of one’s life or constantly covered by make-up. Instead, you can take action in rejuvenating your skin to create a firmer, stronger, younger appearance through a microneedling treatment. How does microneedling work, whom does it benefit, and where can someone receive treatment? Keep reading to learn more!
What is the Purpose of Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that can aid in the reduction of negative skin aesthetics. Most patients receive microneedling for aesthetic purposes, such as treating enlarged pores, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and stretch marks. While most patients utilize microneedling for their face, it can also be applied to the neck, abdomen, arms, and legs.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The process of receiving a microneedling procedure is quite simple. First, you will meet with your doctor to discuss the procedure and your reasons behind it. If your doctor determines you are eligible for the procedure, you can schedule your appointment at your convenience.
On the day of your appointment, you can expect the doctors to start by applying a numbing agent to the skin to prevent discomfort during the procedure. After the agent takes effect, the doctor will use microneedling to gently puncture holes into the top layer of the skin. How does microneedling work? This tiny wound helps stimulate the body’s natural healing process, producing more collagen and elastin that aids in keeping the skin smooth and firm. The size of the treatment area will determine the length of the procedure, but a full-face treatment typically takes around 1-1.5 hours.
It is common for patients to pair microneedling with other skin treatments at the same time. For example, at Knox Dermatology, we offer the Microcurrent Dual Face Mask to be used after our Virtue RF microneedling treatment to soothe the skin and promote better long-term results. First, a wet mask, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties, is placed on the skin. A second dry mask, woven with scientifically proven and patented Tissue X™ technology, generates a microcurrent without using a separate device, electricity, or metals. The microcurrent drives the wet mask’s skin soothing and revitalizing ingredients – sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera extract, and caffeine – deeper into the skin.
Impact of Microneedling
Given the minimal impact of microneedling, patients can return home after the procedure. The skin may be red for up to five days, but patients are typically allowed to wear makeup the following day. However, it is highly recommended to keep the treated area out of the sun until the skin fully heals and to skip out on photo shoots for a week.
Most providers recommend a series of three to four microneedling treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve the best results. Depending on your specific treatment, doctors typically recommend maintaining a treatment every six months to keep the desired results.
Microneedling at Knox Dermatology
If you are interested in and wondering how does microneedling work, reach out to us today to learn more about this treatment and schedule an appointment.