Microneedling

Safely and effectively smoothes wrinkles, refines texture, and stimulates collagen and elastin production. 

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a safe and very effective skin-resurfacing tool that creates micro channels in your skin to stimulate new collagen and elastic production for smoother, more glowing skin. In addition, the treatment can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, treat acne scars and smooth out textural issues such as sunspots, stretch marks, acne pitted scarring and hyperpigmentation. Unlike many lasers, microneedling is safe for all skin types, including darker-toned people.

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What are the benefits of microneedling?

In addition to stimulating collagen and elastin, microneedling provides the following benefits:

  • Produces younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging
  • Reduces acne scars and stretch marks
  • Smoothes out texture
  • Creates a fresher appearance or “glow” to the skin*

What areas of the body can be treated?

Microneedling can be done on all parts of the body; face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

How is microneedling performed?

Our medical staff will apply a thin layer of numbing cream to your skin to alleviate any discomfort during the treatment. A sterile cartridge containing 12 to 30 points will be attached to our microneedling device and when passed along your skin, will create micro-channels, or controlled wounds, that encourage your body to generate new, stronger and healthier skin cells. Meanwhile, your provider will also massage a hydrating serum into your skin to enhance your results.

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What does it feel like?

With the topical gel, patients feel very little to no discomfort. The sensation is sometimes described as a light vibration across the skin.

Is there any downtime?

Since we’re creating a controlled wound, there will be a redness post-treatment. This “mild sunburn” only lasts 24 to 48 hours; many patients return to normal activities in a day or 2.

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When will I see results and how long do they last?

Normally patients see a benefit or “glow” immediately post-treatment but the maximum benefits won’t appear until the skin has had time to repair (approximately 6 months). The results last approximately 24 months once skin has healed.

How many treatments are needed?

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For most patients, we recommend a series of 3 treatments spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. Some patients only require a single treatment to achieve optimal results. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo–aging, stretch marks or acne scars, we may recommend 6 to 8 sessions.

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