Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is one of the newest skin rejuvenation treatments when it comes to producing younger, fresher, newer-looking skin in patients who are looking to improve their appearance. This procedure is used to improve skin tone and texture, as well as soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring. Sometimes combined with dermabrasion or another skin treatment, microneedling consists of tiny needles that are used to create small holes in the skin, which disrupts the skin so it can consequently heal itself. Through this process, collagen and elastin are produced to repair these holes which improves a patient’s appearance. Despite the use of needles, there’s actually no tissue destruction since the small holes close so quickly.
At all the North Texas offices of Dr. Matthew Barrows's Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, the MicroPen Elite is used to perform microneedling. This highly-advanced technology is used to produce superior results where many patients report seeing an immediate improvement in appearance. The process is quick with little downtime and is generally safe for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. Schedule a consultation at one of our Dallas area offices (McKinney, Allen, Rockwall, and more) to learn more about the benefits of microneedling.
How it Works
Prior to the procedure, the treated area is cleaned and a thin layer of a topical gel is applied to numb the skin. The doctor will apply a sterile cartridge-tip with 12 micro-needles to a handheld device. The device will be pressed gently across the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire area has been treated. The feeling is comparable to sand paper moving over the skin. The procedure will result in tiny holes, known as micro channels, on the skin which will close almost immediately, triggering a healing response. This results in renewed skin, including a thickened dermis, which will soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars. The procedure takes around 15-30 minutes.
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What to Expect
A patient can expect the treated area to appear bright red, similar to a sunburn, immediately after microneedling. The redness can last anywhere from a day to up to a week. The intensity and duration of the redness are dependent upon the number of passes performed on the treatment area, as well as the particular area treated since microneedling can be performed on the face, neck, arms and décolleté. In some cases, there’s pinpoint bleeding. Since microneedling allows improved absorption of creams, gels and serums, a doctor will determine the best products for the patient post-procedure. These can include bleaching or lightening serums, vitamin C or hyaluronic serums to accelerate results.
Plan Your Procedure
Right after the procedure, patients can expect the skin to glow. Over the course of a few weeks, a patient can expect to see a marked improvement in skin’s color, tone and texture. In addition, there should be a drastic reduction of lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is also effective in diminishing acne and traumatic scars and stretch marks. A patient’s appearance can continue to improve up to 6 months following initial treatment. While some patients benefit from a single treatment, 2-3 treatments are advised to get the best possible results. A doctor will work closely with a patient to develop the right course of treatment based on his or her individual needs.
Schedule Your Appointment Now!
Microneedling is an effective, safe procedure that continues to be a popular skin rejuvenation treatment among our dermatology patients. If you are seeking a nonsurgical, advanced way to brighten your skin and create a glowing appearance, we invite you call our office for a skin analsysis today. We will provide a custom treatment plan that meets your desired goals and aesthetic needs.