If over-the-counter skin treatments are no longer effective, but you don't want to undergo intensive surgical procedures, then minimally invasive procedures for skin rejuvenation, such as microneedling, could be the solution for you. Attending physician Dr. A. D. Thakkar is happy to perform microneedling (collagen induction therapy) at his office in Roanoke, TX with the Eclipse MicroPen Elite. Microneedling uses multiple fine needles to effectively and safely make micro-injuries on the skin. The micro-injuries prompt the natural production of elastin and collagen, two nutrients that increase the overall health and appearance of your complexion. Often performed with other treatments, such as vitamin serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), microneedling may help minimize stretch marks, scars, and pores. Schedule a consultation at Youthology Med Spa to discover more about the results of microneedling and how to personalize your procedure for your skin concerns and goals.
It's possible that you could be a candidate for microneedling treatments if you experience light or mild complexion problems, like a decrease in firmness or uneven texture. Collagen induction therapy procedures may also improve the look of stretch marks, scars, and pores. You need to be willing to wait before seeing benefits from your microneedling procedure because the elastin and collagen require a month or longer to have an impact on the complexion. However, you will see results that look natural and gain healthier, stronger skin.
Microneedling is done in one of our office procedure rooms in around 30 – 60 minutes with local anesthesia or numbing cream if desired; however, patients typically experience little or no discomfort. The areas of skin being addressed will be cleaned before the handpiece is evenly passed over. Once the microneedling is done, a treatment, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or a serum with a vitamin infusion, may be applied so the nutrients can penetrate deeper into the skin. A moisturizer selected for your skin type will be massaged in along with sun protection because the treated skin will be more sensitive following the procedure.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you might develop light redness and swelling for around one day; however, this should resolve on its own. It can take around 1 – 2 months as the elastin and collagen supply increases before you notice significant changes in the appearance and health of your treated skin. You should schedule around 4 – 6 follow-up sessions performed every 4 – 6 weeks for the best outcomes and long-term skin benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
Costs for microneedling will depend on your plan. In your consultation, Dr. Thakkar will evaluate your skin and then create your personalized plan. Once this is done, he will review your treatment costs and the procedure process.
What exactly is microneedling?
Collagen induction therapy or microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure to improve the health of your skin. A natural fibrous protein, collagen helps your skin stay smooth, supple, and firm. As you get older, your supply of collagen is reduced, and your skin becomes thin and less elastic. Microneedling causes micro-injuries that force your skin to generate new skin cell growth and increase collagen production. After a short recovery period, your complexion is healthier, firmer, and brighter.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
In the process of microneedling, channels are made that help other treatments to reach the lower layers. That's why microneedling is commonly done before other skin treatment, such as special serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma). During your initial consultation, Dr. Thakkar will talk about which treatments would enhance your microneedling and which can help your skin's health.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Usually, patients need 3 – 6 treatments to see optimal results. Although, how many sessions you require will vary based on your goals and the condition of your skin. Microneedling may be done every 4 – 6 weeks. In your initial consultation, Dr. Thakkar will estimate the number of sessions you might want after assessing your skin and listening to your goals. When your skin goals are reached, Dr. Thakkar suggests scheduling touch-up sessions two times a year.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
On the whole, microneedling is appropriate for all skin tones and types. Skin injuries created by microneedling are so minor that there are usually no side effects afterward. Microneedling can be performed on most skin areas, including the arms, face, neck, chest, thighs, and calves. Microneedling isn't recommended if you've been on Accutane in the last few months, or if you have herpes simplex, an open wound, or active skin infection. Additionally, you might not be able to get microneedling if you're nursing, pregnant, or receiving radiation therapy.
Natural Health and Radiance
Enhance the appearance and health of your complexion with microneedling therapy sessions at Youthology Med Spa in Roanoke, TX. A nonsurgical procedure that may produce significant improvements, microneedling prompts your natural collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Schedule an appointment with attending physician Dr. A. D. Thakkar to hear more information about this procedure and skin revitalizing options.