What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive procedure used to improve the appearance of damaged skin caused by aging, sun, and acne scarring. It improves skin tone and texture, diminishes the appearance of scars, and provides an overall rejuvenated appearance.
In a simple office procedure, a special tool called a dermaroller or an electrical device with tiny needles on the end is gently rolled over the skin creating controlled microinjuries that cause minimal bleeding and stimulate wound healing. This helps remodel scars, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces enlarged pores and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Scar tissue is broken down and new collagen and elastin are produced to plump and firm the skin improving skin tone, texture, firmness, and scarring.
Microneedling therapy is one of the simplest, safest and most effective treatments for substantial improvement in acne and post-traumatic scars, stretchmarks and deep wrinkles. It is suitable for all skin types and tones. Post-treatment recovery is quick and provides significant results. Microneedling is often combined with topical therapeutic products like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or may be combined with other cosmetic or surgical procedures to enhance results.
What conditions can be treated?
Microneedling addresses many skin concerns including wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, skin tone and texture.
- Microneedling combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can treat male and female pattern hair loss and alopecia.
- Microneedling with topical vitamin C has been shown safe and effective to treat melasma.
- Microneedling is very effective to treat acne scars and may be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance results.
Microneedling can safely treat all skin types and tones to address a variety of concerns. During your consultation with Dr. White, she will listen to your concerns, evaluate your skin and recommend the best treatment for your needs.
Microneedling results are incremental. Typically, a series of 3 treatments is recommended. However, the number of treatments and the time between treatments will be determined by Dr. White based on your individual goals and desires.
Treatments are usually spaced in 4-week intervals. Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks, or severe scarring, usually require additional treatments to achieve the desired results.
Most patients report seeing positive changes as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. However, the growth of new collagen and elastin takes time so full results may not be apparent for several months.
How long will the treatment effects last?
As we age collagen production naturally slows down. Microneedling produces results through the stimulation of growth factors and collagen. The results are permanent, but we continue to age, so periodic maintenance treatments will help retain the benefits. When scars and stretch marks are treated, the results are permanent. Dr. White may recommend adding a daily retinoid product to your skincare regime to help retain your results.
Microneedling stimulates the skin’s natural repair processes while being a relatively risk-free, in-office procedure with minimal downtime and potential complications.
Microneedling is a regenerative procedure effective for skin rejuvenation. Contact Dr. White to discuss your needs and learn more about how microneedling can rejuvenate your appearance.