Microneedling is a non-invasive, nonsurgical cosmetic medical treatment to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This procedure can be used to treat many different skin concerns, from decreasing the appearance of fine lines and acne scars to minimizing large pores.
During a microneedling treatment session, tiny needles embedded in a microneedling device will create small micro-injuries in the top layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production as the skin heals itself. This also allows serums to reach the deeper layers of the dermis for better absorption, as well as stimulate the deeper layers of skin to heal, prompting new cell growth and regeneration that helps your complexion as the surface cells are replaced.
Individuals who wish to achieve thicker, firmer skin and reduce the appearance of various concerns can often benefit from microneedling. In particular, you might be a good candidate for microneedling if you have only mild to moderate symptoms, rather than severe issues with aging skin and loss of skin elasticity.
Because microneedling doesn’t rely on the skin absorbing specific wavelengths of light, as in laser skin resurfacing treatments, it is tolerated by people of all skin types and colors, including darker skin tones that may not be good candidates for laser light procedures.
A consultation with one of our skincare experts can help to determine if this treatment is right for your unique skin conditions and their severity.
By stimulating the skin’s deeper tissues of the dermis, microneedling helps rejuvenate your complexion as well as skin texture over the course of a few weeks of regeneration. By enhancing collagen production and kick-starting your body’s natural healing process in the skin, you can see results for many conditions, including:
- Stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Pigmentation issues
- Rough skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Dull skin
There are many types of microneedling devices and options for treatment, including microneedling with platelet-rich plasma for enhanced healing and skin rejuvenation.
There are a few steps you can take to prepare for your microneedling aesthetic treatment. You’ll want to avoid excess sun exposure as much as you can and wear SPF 30 or higher for at least 24 hours beforehand. You’ll also want to stop using retinoids or acid-based skincare products for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Additionally, avoid blood-thinning medication and alcohol 72 hours before treatment.
Following your microneedling procedure, mild swelling and redness may occur. Patients should avoid the sun for 48 hours and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for at least two weeks following treatment. Avoid applying makeup for the first 24 hours; after that, you can feel free to apply makeup, lotions, and other products as usual. It can take up to four weeks after treatment for results to become visible.
With Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Patrick Basile, MD and our experienced team of specialists, you could not be in better hands. Whether you’re receiving an aesthetic, nonsurgical treatment like microneedling or a more invasive surgery like a facelift or mommy makeover, we can ensure you’re cared for every step of the way. We’ll address all your questions and concerns so we can provide you with the results you’re looking for.
If you are interested in microneedling treatments for a rejuvenated complexion, contact our Jacksonville, FL office today to schedule a consultation. Our skincare specialists and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick Basile are here to help you look and feel your best with non-surgical aesthetic procedures designed personally for your budget, goals, and schedule.
How long do microneedling results last?
Microneedling results last about 3-6 months but can be maintained with additional treatments. Although the results may fade after a few months, the benefits of added collagen growth last for years!
Does microneedling really make you look younger?
Yes! Collagen loss is the main cause of skin wrinkling and volume loss. By stimulating new collagen growth, microneedling restores a more youthful appearance and smoother, radiant skin.
Is microneedling better than Botox?
If you are solely concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, Botox and microneedling are equally beneficial. Microneedling can target more skin conditions, specifically those caused by collagen loss, like hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and rough skin texture.
How painful is microneedling?
Patients will only experience minimal discomfort, if any, during microneedling treatment. A topical numbing cream can also be applied to ensure your comfort.
Who should not do microneedling?
People with a history of bleeding problems or those on blood thinners should not receive microneedling. Microneedling should also be avoided if you have sensitive skin conditions like eczema.