Want to be fall fabulous and holiday-ready? Microneedling is a skin treatment that has been used for more than 20 years to improve the health and appearance of the skin on the face, neck, and body. It addresses skin concerns including acne scarring, fine lines, large pores, hyperpigmentation, lost elasticity, and uneven texture using collagen induction therapy. Microneedling can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other treatments as part of a customized treatment plan for your unique skin type.
So, how exactly does it work? After numbing the skin, micro-perforations are made into the top layer of the skin using a medical handpiece by a trained professional. This technique induces the skin’s healing response without removing or abrading the upper skin layers. This healing response ramps up collagen and elastin production, which in turn leaves the skin looking firmer, healthier and allows for better absorption of physician-grade skincare products! There are different types of microneedling. Traditional microneedling (or cold microneedling) is the regular form of microneedling without heat or radiofrequency energy. It can be performed by itself or with platelet-rich plasma to enhance treatment naturally. Radiofrequency microneedling combines traditional microneedling with radiofrequency energy (think Vivace RF) to further stimulate collagen and elastin. The addition of radiofrequency into the skin layers amplifies the treatment and can improve results! Physician-grade skin care products are recommended before and after your treatments to prepare and protect the skin and to extend the results of your treatment. A small series of treatments are recommended for optimal results.
Microneedling is a much safer and more effective medical procedure when performed by a trained physician skin expert. Unfortunately, at-home microneedling devices are now popular and people are attempting to treat themselves. Many of these devices are not medically sterilized or properly made and can cause serious skin damage such as scarring, ruptured blood vessels, and infection. Never perform professional treatments at home- rather, trust your skin and your look to the expertise of a dermatologist or their trained and supervised medical aesthetician on your journey to a smoother, more confident, more glowing you!