Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally-invasive and nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment that reverses the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, uneven pigmentation and more. While the idea of using needles to treat your skin may seem intimidating, these gentle microneedles work to stimulate collagen and elastin production in your treatment areas by utilizing your body’s natural wound-healing response. In just a few short treatments, microneedling can refresh your complexion with skin that is more youthful, supple and even in tone and texture.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to produce more collagen— a pivotal protein that helps the skin maintain it’s structure and smooth texture. As the skin ages, its production of this protein and along with elastin begin to naturally decrease over time, causing fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin to occur. Microneedling procedures use tiny pinpricks to create slight injury to the skin’s surface. Your skin responds to these micro-injuries by making new collagen-rich tissue that heals firmer and more even in tone and texture for a younger-looking and blemish-free complexion.

During your microneedling procedure, Dr. Vasisht may use a topical anesthetic to reduce any risk of discomfort. Very fine, short needles will be used to prick the skin on your designated treatment areas. These pricks are so small they will not be noticeable after your treatment. The microneedling portion of the procedure can be completed in as little 30 minutes depending on the size of your treatment areas.

What Concerns Can Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling is a versatile anti-aging and rejuvenating treatment that can be beneficial to all skin types, textures and colors. After a series of treatments, microneedling can significantly reduce the appearance of some of the most common skin concerns and blemishes, such as:

  • Acne scars and active acne
  • Age spots or sun spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Uneven skin tone and texture

In addition to facial skin concerns, microneedling can also be an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of stretch marks on other areas of the body. While microneedling is an optimal solution for a wide range of skin types and concerns, patients who are pregnant or have skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema may not be ideal candidates for the procedure.

Recovery and Results

As a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, recovery time after microneedling is minimal for most patients. Virtually zero downtime is required after your procedure, and you may return to your normal daily activities almost immediately if you feel comfortable enough to do so. Treated skin may appear irritated or red for the first few days following your treatment, but this will dissipate within a few days.

After your microneedling treatment, your skin will work relatively quickly to begin rejuvenating new tissue and collagen. Most patients will start to notice the results of their procedure within a couple of weeks, with skin appearing smoother, firmer, and more radiant. To maintain the results of your microneedling, a series of about four spaced out treatments are recommended, but Dr. Vasisht will work with you to create a custom treatment plan based on your individual goals and concerns.

Ready to discover what microneedling can do for your skin? Contact South Shore Plastic Surgery today 856-322-8100 to book your initial consultation.