We are excited to offer proven collagen induction therapy to patients of our San Antonio cosmetic surgery practice. Microneedling is not only comfortable and convenient – it is also an effective anti-aging treatment!
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a professional skin-rejuvenating treatment that induces collagen proliferation for the progressive improvement in the skin’s tone and texture.
What Conditions Can Mirconeedling Help Improve?
A series of microneedling sessions leads to an ongoing production of collagen that is more substantial than it would be without this treatment. Collagen is the fibrous protein that supports the firmness of the skin. This compound also heals wounds. The influx of collagen into a treatment area can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and scarring from acne or surgical incisions. Because collagen firms the uppermost layers of the skin, microneedling can also lead to improved tightness and suppleness.
How Does Mirconeedling Work?
To introduce greater amount of collagen and elastin into an area of skin, microneedling treatments make minute channels, or micro-wounds, to the epidermis. Equipment used today can be adjusted to the precise depth of channels, up to 2 millimeters. Only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated in a given session, similar to fractional laser resurfacing. This enhancing the healing response that follows treatment.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Microneedling?
Anyone who would like to diminish the appearance of scarring, stretch marks, or enlarged pores is a good candidate for microneedling. Treatments also improve conditions such as poor texture and hyperpigmentation. Skin laxity does improve with the remodeling of the skin’s collagen matrix. However, there are limitations to the degree of skin tightening that may occur with non-surgical treatments.
Will I Need More Than One Treatment?
Microneedling is so gentle that a patient may schedule routine treatments every 4 to 6 weeks. This routine can continue as a preventive measure, or until the desired result has been achieved. Keep in mind that severe skin laxity may require more than collagen induction therapy depending on the desired outcome.
Is Microneedling Painful?
Most patients find microneedling very tolerable due to the application of topical numbing cream prior to treatment. Patients feel the movement of the device over their skin, and may describe this as a slight sandpaper sensation.
Are There Any Side Effects To Microneedling?
Because microneedling does not require sedation or general anesthesia, side effects are limited to slight, temporary redness that lingers for up to 2 days. In many cases, patients may appear mildly sunburned for several hours and that’s it. After a few days, a more significant glow may be noticed, and the improvements just keep coming as collagen remodeling takes place over the next few months.
The most significant side effects of microneedling are slight redness, and possibly mild swelling. Depending on the depth of channels and the patient’s unique skin makeup, pinpoint areas of bleeding or redness may develop. These typically subside over 24 to 48 hours. Bruising may also be noticed, and should not be cause for alarm. If redness is noticeable, this can be disguised beneath mineral based makeup
Is There Any Downtime?
Microneedling is an office treatment that involves no more than topical numbing cream to ensure patient comfort. Downtime is typically limited to the remainder of the day, and this is only related to redness and minor swelling.
What Areas Of The Body Can Be Treated By Microneedling?
Virtually any area of the body on which scars, stretch marks, brown spots, or fine lines and wrinkles have developed can be treated with microneedling.
How Long Does One Treatment Take?
Each microneedling treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. The variable in timing is the size of the treatment area or the number of areas a patient may want to have treated.
When Will I Start To See Results After Microneedling?
Collagen induction with microneedling is a fully personalized process. This non-surgical treatment does not produce immediate results. Immediately following treatment sessions, an increased amount of fibroblasts begins to enter the treatment area. Rejuvenating products applied after microneedling will also be absorbed more efficiently. These factors combine with each patient’s unique biological makeup to attain younger-looking skin.
On average, the full extent of results could be seen within 3 to 9 months.
Schedule A Consultation
Want to get a head-start on aging gracefully? Contact our San Antonio office to learn more about microneedling. Call (210) 614-4320 to schedule a consultation today!