Stimulate Collagen and Elastin in the Dallas Area
Micro-needling involves running a pen-shaped medical device over your skin to break down old scar tissue and prompt the growth and proliferation of new skin cells. The device slides over the skin during the course of treatment, penetrating at depths of up to 2 mm.
The skin responds to the micro wounds produced by the micro-needling device by creating new collagen and elastin, resulting in healthier skin and reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes. Over the course of the procedure, the device exfoliates the skin, stimulates blood flow, and cleans out pores. Depending on the size and state of the treatment area, a single session may take anywhere from a few minutes up to an hour to complete.
Just as the duration of a treatment can vary depending on the patient's unique needs, the number of treatments required to achieve optimal results varies as well. Most patients require a minimum of three sessions to achieve ideal results, but the beauty of a micro-needling treatment for Dallas patients is that the skin does all the work, naturally healing itself.
Micro-needling has been approved for the face, neck, body, and scalp.
Am I a Good Candidate for Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is best utilized by Dallas patients looking to resolve the following issues:
- Wrinkles around the eyes or upper lip
- Mild to moderate acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Scars caused by burns, surgeries, or causes other than acne
- Sagging skin that requires tightening
Micro-needling works particularly well on pigment problems, such as melasma or hyperpigmentation. Since it isn’t a laser, it doesn't generate heat, so it's ideal for all skin types, including darker complexions, at any time of the year.
Micro-needling is not suitable for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of certain types of scars and wounds healing poorly, have a skin infection or condition including herpes in the treatment area, have received radiation treatment to that area of the skin within the last year, have open wounds, or have utilized Accutane® within the last few months.
When Will I See Micro-Needling Results, and How Long Will They Last?
You should begin to see positive changes in your skin, which should begin to look smoother and more radiant, but the full results won't materialize for several months. The reason for the delayed result is that micro-needling prompts the skin to naturally heal itself, stimulating the growth of collagen, which helps heal and improve skin's appearance. As the micro-needling breaks down scar tissue, the skin responds by creating new cells, resulting in new layers of elastin and collagen fibers.
The duration and effectiveness of the treatment also depends on the number of treatments. The procedure can safely be repeated every month or so, and the number of recommended treatments depends on a variety of factors including how well the patient responds and the severity of the scars or skin damage being treated. Many patients opt for a minimum of three treatments to reduce the appearance of scars, for example. However, each patient has unique needs, and we will work with you to develop a distinct treatment plan to address your unique concerns and needs.
Is Micro-Needling Painful?
For Dallas patients concerned about possible pain or discomfort, our staff can apply a topical numbing cream to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure. We recommend an application of hyaluronic acid after the procedure to help heal and hydrate the skin.
It is important to note that most patients will experience redness and swelling for the first one to two days following the procedure with the possibility of light bruising. However, these effects should be mild, and patients should begin to notice smoother skin within one to two weeks, though the full effects will take longer to materialize.
There are several micro-needling devices being sold for home use. However, dermatologists advise that the procedure should be performed by a medical professional due to the risk of infection and scarring if applied in an environment that is not appropriately sterile.
How Much Does Micro-Needling Cost?
The cost of micro-needling will depend largely on the number and duration of treatments a patient requires for optimum results. Patients seeking financing assistance can contact CareCredit either by applying online or asking our staff for additional information. Once approved, CareCredit allows patients to set up a regular system of payment for cosmetic procedures and treatments.