The idea of creating tiny injuries in your skin to improve your skin’s texture and tone may sound a bit suspicious, but microneedling does just that—and the results are quite impressive. Although this minimally invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation is trending, microneedling is no passing fad. Discover how microneedling at Denver Aesthetic Surgery can rejuvenate your skin with long-lasting results.
For more information about microneedling, call Dr. Ben Lee at Denver Aesthetic Surgery at (303) 770-1379 to request a complimentary consultation
The Science Behind Microneedling
In 1905, German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer discovered that by creating small injuries to the skin, he could stimulate collagen production to strengthen and improve skin texture. Although this treatment has been around since the 1950s, cosmetic medicine has been perfecting the technology and techniques in clinical settings. When considering microneedling, you should seek a physician proficient in aesthetic medicine to enhance skin health and appearance.
Effective on All Skin Types
Microneedling is effective on all skin tones and skin types, including dry, oily, young, or mature. It can also treat a wide range of common skin issues. Benefits of this treatment include:
- Reduces pore size
- Lessens skin discoloration
- Tightens the skin for a youthful appearance
- Smooths out uneven skin texture
Patients who have regular acne outbreaks should avoid microneedling treatment, because it may spread bacteria and aggravate the skin with active breakouts. During your initial consultation at our Denver office, we will help determine the best treatment to suit your needs and particular skin type.
Works All Over
Microneedling isn’t just a facial rejuvenation option. This non-surgical treatment can also reduce the presence of scars and stretch marks throughout the body. Areas such as the lower abdomen can be treated with tiny punctures to promote collagen production and reduce unwanted imperfections.
Little to No Discomfort
Patients often find that this treatment is much more comfortable than they expected. The device we use has very fine needles, so most patients report feeling minor pricking sensations or mild feelings of warmth. In many cases, patients can tolerate the procedure without even using topical anesthetics. For patients sensitive to pain, we can apply a topical anesthetic to alleviate any discomfort.
Safe, Precise Treatment
Although there are retail devices known as dermarollers that you can purchase for microneedling treatment at home, these treatments are superficial and typically don’t involve the wounding necessary for sufficient collagen production. Also, because the treatment involves puncturing the skin, you should seek out a board-certified physician to oversee the procedure. Your safety and the results will depend on it.
What to Expect from the Treatment
Microneedling is one of the latest types of skin rejuvenation treatments in the field of aesthetic medicine. It treats skin flaws and enhances the skin’s appearance through a process known as Percutaneous Collagen Synthesis Therapy (PCIT) by making a series of controlled wounds on your skin’s surface. Medical microneedling treatments are used to treat the visible presence of hyperpigmentation, surface scars, acne, and fine lines for the overall enhancement of your skin’s appearance.
At Denver Aesthetic Surgery, we use the Procell microneedling system. During your treatment, the device will be passed over your skin and the microneedles will create tiny controlled injuries. This generates a response within your skin, which leads to elastin production and collagen stimulation.
Your skin’s repair process following treatment will naturally diminish the appearance of sun spots, stretch marks, scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, this treatment opens micro-channels in your skin, which can be an effective path to transport PRP, topical creams, serums, and medications to further improve skin conditions.
Some areas may need additional treatment for deeper creases or scars. Patients can expect a gradual improvement of their skin over the course of several treatments. Best results are usually seen after a series of treatments, and we will devise a customized treatment plan based on your cosmetic goals.
How is Professional Microneedling Different from Dermarollers?
Clinical studies indicate the response of collagen production leading to the improvement of scars and fine lines is more dramatic with medical microneedling treatments than with at-home devices.
The biggest difference between the two is the angle of needle penetration. Professional devices puncture the skin at a perfect vertical approach ensuring a microscopic puncture. Home devices are prone to penetrating the skin at an angle, creating a larger puncture wound or an outright tear. This angle can create a larger micro-channel than desired and may lead to scarring.
It also comes down to technique. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon or an aesthetic specialist, you are more likely to achieve the safest and most effective results.