Microneedling in tampa
If it seems like you’ve tried nearly every product on the drugstore shelf to erase wrinkles and scars, enlarged pores, or sagging skin, you may want to try microneedling, a minimally invasive treatment that creates significant improvements by triggering the body’s natural wound-healing process.
Though you may have only recently begun hearing about the benefits of microneedling on your favorite skin care blog or celebrity Instagram page, this treatment has been around for decades, and continues to improve as our knowledge of skin care and the body’s natural healing process advances.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, which you may also hear people call collagen induction therapy, is a skin treatment in which a qualified cosmetic surgeon or nurse practitioner uses a device to create microscopic, superficial puncture wounds in the surface of the skin. The goal of microneedling is to kick the body’s natural healing processes into high gear by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin – two proteins that provide structure and resiliency to skin.
We lose collagen and elastin as part of the aging process, leading to the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin. However, microneedling reverses this loss, causing the dermis to contract. The result will be firmer, more youthful-looking, and naturally uplifted skin.
Another benefit of microneedling is that it causes your topical treatments to work more effectively. The tiny puncture wounds allow lotions and serums to penetrate more deeply into your skin for better moisturizing results than ever before. As with any cosmetic treatment, however, there are a few factors you must consider before deciding whether microneedling is the best choice for you.
The Proven Benefits of Microneedling
Whether your skin has acne scars, sagging, wrinkles, or uneven texture, this treatment is ideal for you. Microneedling has several well-known advantages, including:
- Stimulates blood circulation and healthy healing
- Effective for all skin types
- Can treat the face, including skin around the eyes, mouth, and neck
- Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Regenerates tissue
- Improves the appearance of scarring and stretch marks
- Makes pores less prominent
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
Microneedling is a safe skin rejuvenation technique for almost anyone, including a wide range of skin tones and types. However, if you have active acne cysts, skin infections, or have had issues with wound healing in the past, you should consider alternative options. A professional aesthetic surgeon or nurse practitioner can evaluate you to determine whether you are qualified for microneedling.
During microneedling, a qualified practitioner uses a small pen with 12 thin, fine needles to penetrate the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to two millimeters. Immediately following the procedure, applying topical serum made with vitamin C or hyaluronic acid can help heal and protect the skin and lock in nourishment and hydration. Though some people report mild discomfort during the treatment, there is no lingering pain. If you’re worried about the treatment hurting, you can ask for a numbing agent before the process begins.
You might experience temporary redness, inflammation and sensitivity for up to 48 hours after treatment – like a mild sunburn. However, once it subsides, you’ll notice a healthier-looking, dewy complexion begin to emerge. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.
You’ll need to keep your skin hydrated after the treatment with rich hyaluronic acid-based lotions or gels that help aid the healing process. You should also avoid using products that dry out the skin, like alcohol-based toners. Finally, always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 if you are planning to go outside, even on an overcast day.
You’ll need to skip your workout for at least 24 hours after treatment. In the early stages of healing, avoid any activity that will make you sweat, which can result in inflammation. It’s also a good idea to keep out of direct sunlight following the treatment, since heat and UV exposure can trigger skin irritation.
Learn More About Microneedling
If you’re ready to take the next step in exploring what microneedling can do for you, contact our Tampa office today. We’re here to provide the best in non-surgical treatment options that improve patients’ self-esteem and quality of life through outstanding, long-lasting results.