Adults of all ages express an interest in looking as good as they feel on the inside. One way we help our patients accomplish this is to foster natural skin rejuvenation using a proven microneedling technique. Call (732) 888-8255 to learn how microneedling can help improve your skin at the office of Dr. Magdy Nasra in Holmdel, New Jersey.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a technique of tissue rejuvenation that falls into the category of collagen induction therapy. The minimally-invasive procedure stimulates an ongoing process through which the skin is restored from the inside out.
Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling offers a number of benefits, including:
- Ongoing improvement stemming from collagen remodeling
- Convenient, comfortable treatment
- No downtime
- No significant side effects or risks
- Softer, smoother skin results from collagen proliferation
- Results continue to improve for several months
What conditions does microneedling treat?
Microneedling is an optimal treatment option for any person interested in managing their aging process because it stimulates a healing response that can improve the skin in a number of ways. Some of the conditions for which microneedling is commonly used include:
- Stretch marks
- Lines and wrinkles
- Mild skin laxity
- Rough skin texture
- Dull complexion
- Sun damage
How does microneedling work?
Microneedling works by provoking collagen and elastin production in the tissue beneath the skin. Collagen is the protein that firms the skin. Elastin is a chemical that keeps the skin supple and flexible. When collagen and elastin decline, the skin loosens and sags. Microneedling brings more collagen and elastin to the skin by creating tiny injuries in the epidermis. These injuries begin to heal immediately but the body’s immune system remains in action for weeks to regenerate healthy new tissue.
Does it hurt?
The idea of having needles, small as they are, passed over the skin can sound more than a little uncomfortable. Rest assured, your comfort is important to us. Before we begin microneedling, we apply a topical anesthetic that makes the nerves in the skin much less sensitive. After 30 to 40 minutes, the anesthetic reaches full effectiveness and very little sensation should be felt. This results in a much more pleasant experience than most patients expect.
On certain areas of the face where there is less fatty tissue, the “poking” sensation of needles may be more obvious. However, patients describe their treatment as very tolerable.
What is the recovery process like?
There is minimal recovery time needed after microneedling. Many patients go right back to their normal activities after leaving our office, but may be advised to apply sunscreen or wear a hat to avoid UV exposure on sensitive skin. Strenuous exercise may also need to be postponed for a day or two to prevent excessive redness as circulation is naturally increased in the face after microneedling.
How many treatments will I need?
Anytime a procedure works in concert with the body’s natural processes, results are amplified by repeat treatments. Every time microneedling takes place, the body is instructed to produce more collagen and elastin in the treatment area. Therefore, the skin smoothing and brightening effects increase with subsequent treatments.
It is possible to undergo microneedling treatment two or more times a year to keep up with the body’s natural aging process. Depending on your desired results, we may suggest a typical series of three to six treatment spaced several weeks apart to stimulate the most dramatic improvements. Treatments are even more effective when combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma).
How Long Does it Take To See results From Microneedling?
Microneedling provides both quick and progressive improvement. As soon as redness fades, patients can notice that their skin is more radiant and firm. This is because circulation has increased and the skin is receiving more oxygen and nutrients. Over time, the appearance of scars, lines, stretch marks, and other concerns improves as tissue regenerates with healthy new collagen and elastin.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Microneedling produces significant change with minimal side effects. Some patients encounter such minimal redness that they can go back to work or other social obligations immediately after treatment. It is possible that redness may linger for 24 to 48 hours and that swelling may also occur. If you’ve never had microneedling before, we suggest scheduling your treatment at a time when you can go home following your procedure to ride out mild side effects.
Schedule Your Consultation
We care about how you feel and understand that your appearance can affect your sense of confidence. Learn more about microneedling and what it can do for you. Call our Holmdel, NJ office at 732-888-8255.