Are you concerned about signs of age or wear on your skin? While everyone suffers the effects of aging, those who have struggled with acne, sun damage, or other traumas to the skin can be particularly self-conscious about how they look. But you don’t have to invest in injectables if you’re not ready. Microneedling, a revolutionary cosmetic treatment for skin concerns like wrinkles, lip lines, and acne scarring, provides a different option.
The microneedling cosmetic treatment works on the most common skin concerns, like wrinkles and acne scars. This minimally invasive procedure involves the use of a tool that delivers tiny, discrete wounds to the skin with a disposable, motorized tip. This specialized tip has thin needles that prick the skin with tiny punctures. The dermal and epidermal layers then stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin -- the substances in the body that keep skin’s firmness and youthfulness (and that tend to diminish with age.)
Generally speaking, microneedling is recommended to treat crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes), enlarged pores, vertical lip lines, stretch marks, and scars from acne, trauma, or surgery. It’s sometimes combined with other treatments such as laser resurfacing in order for the patient to receive the highest-quality results.
Each microneedling treatment is performed at a roughly 30-minute office visit. Typically, a series of three to five treatments at monthly intervals are recommended for the best results, but this varies depending on which type of skin concern is being treated and the level of severity. The tiny microneedling skin pricks are virtually painless.
Microneedling is considered to be a “no downtime” treatment, with little to no associated side effects. The most common side effect during the procedure is light bleeding with a pinkish tint to the skin after the procedure. Mild skin redness and sensitivity may occur, similar to a sunburn, which clears up within a few days post-procedure.
After the microneedling treatment, the doctor will prescribe or provide the appropriate skin care products to help heal the skin and enhance the benefits of the treatment. Usually, results are noticeable within three to four weeks after treatment, and results continue to be visible as collagen production is stimulated.
The microneedling treatment has been shown to improve skin texture and smoothness, minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, shrink large pores, and stimulate the regeneration of tissue, improving skin’s elasticity and contour.
Additionally, microneedling can reduce acne scarring significantly. Clinical results have shown 50% to 80% improvement of scars from acne, surgery, or other trauma after three or more sessions at monthly intervals. A dermatologist can assess your specific skincare concern and make the appropriate recommendation for the number of sessions needed to see results.
Want to learn more about microneedling and determine whether you might be a candidate? Contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists to discuss your specific skin concerns and how microneedling might help.