Large pores, scarring, dull and tired-looking skin… begone! The revolutionary FDA-approved microneedling treatment process can help give your face a fresh canvas. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, are feeling the effects of age, or just want to minimize those acne scars, microneedling can help!
Microneedling involves the use of a special needle. The practitioner delivers these tiny, virtually painless needle pricks to the skin’s dermal and epidermal layers. This mildly “wounds” them in order for them to rejuvenate, promoting fresh skin cell growth with new collagen and elastin – the substances responsible for skin’s elasticity and firmness.
This treatment can be used on enlarged pores; lip lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles; stretch marks; and acne scars as well as any other scarring from trauma or surgery.
First, it’s fast. Each minimally invasive treatment is performed within a 30-minute office visit, meaning you don’t have to take a full day off work for microneedling. During the procedure, there may be light bleeding, but the skin appears only minimally pink (without bleeding) at the completion of the treatment.
A series of three to five treatments at monthly time intervals are often recommended to maximize the clinical response. Your dermatologist can determine the best treatment strategy for your specific needs and concerns.
Some dermatological procedures require you to be down for the count for at least a few days, if not weeks. Fortunately, like many other modern cosmetic and dermatological treatments, there is a very minimal recovery process. In fact, it’s considered a “no downtime” treatment option.
During the healing process, you might notice some mild skin redness and swelling – similar to a sunburn. This is a normal side effect and should subside within a few days. Your provider may recommend or give you skin care products to enhance your results and quicken the healing process, as well as maximize the benefits of treatment.
While makeup shouldn’t be used on the day of treatment, in most cases, it can be applied the following day. Typically, you should see your results within about 3 to 4 weeks after treatment as the new skin cells begin to form with collagen and elastin production.
Typically, microneedling is best for those looking for wrinkle reduction, reducing acne scarring, shrinking enlarged pores, or diminishing the appearance of stretch marks.
Microneedling is not usually recommended for anyone who has taken Accutane (isotretinoin) within the three months preceding treatment, has open wounds or abrasions on the skin, or has a skin infection, inflammatory condition, or herpes simplex in the area to be treated.
See if you’re a good candidate for microneedling! If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists who can determine your treatment plan and perform the procedure in-office.