Microneedling Specialist Questions and Answers
At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, we are proud to provide microneedling service to our excellent clients in Portage, MI and the surrounding area. Have more queries? Call us today or schedule an appointment online!
Whether you are dealing with acne, enlarged pores, or are looking for a treatment that can brighten up your skin for a significant length of time, microneedling could be an excellent option for you! Microneedling is a safe and effective way to treat numerous skin issues and conditions. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists would be delighted to provide you with this excellent treatment if you think you could benefit from it!
What does Microneedling do for your skin?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, improves the health of your skin by increasing collagen production through controlled micro-injuries that are inflicted using a derma-roller or microneedling pen.
The importance of collagen to your skin, and every other connective tissue in your body, for that matter, is that it provides it with structural integrity, firmness, and elasticity, while also smoothening, freshening, and brightening your skin. Furthermore, collagen is also intimately involved with wound healing in your body, which is why microneedling focuses on inflicting micro-injuries into the skin. These micro-injuries occur through minuscule and sterilized needles on a derma-roller or microneedling pen.
During the procedure, the microneedling specialist will gently roll the derma-roller or press and glide the microneedling pen over the treatment area as it lightly pricks the skin. In order to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, your specialist may also apply a numbing cream to the treatment area if you wish.
Microneedling can treat such conditions as the following:
- Acne, as well as acne scars
- Age spots
- Cellulite reduction
- Dark spots, also called hyperpigmentation
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hair loss, also known as alopecia, by stimulating dormant hair follicles
- Skin laxity
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
How long does it take to see results from microneedling?
While you may notice some slight improvements immediately after a microneedling session, described as a “glow,” most people do not experience peak results from microneedling until approximately four to six weeks after treatment. Since microneedling works by increasing collagen and elastin production, the initial treatment initiates a gradual skin healing process, which also means that you may experience some redness for a few days after microneedling treatment. As a result, while this treatment takes some time to bloom, it promises great results when it does!
How often should I do microneedling?
While the recovery time for microneedling is typically only one to four days, it takes about three to four weeks for the skin to heal completely. As a result, the general recommendation with microneedling treatments is that you should space them apart by at least four to six weeks, depending on how quickly your skin heals. Overdoing it on microneedling can lead to broken capillaries, which can cause unpleasant symptoms.
If it is your first time receiving microneedling treatment, you will likely benefit most from a round of treatments that are spaced closer together than future treatments so that you can get optimal results quickly. This first round of treatments is usually around two to three treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart. For subsequent treatments, many patients opt to have treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain their results.
Are Microneedling results permanent?
While the results from microneedling are not permanent, they are relatively long-lasting and can be conveniently maintained with subsequent treatment sessions. In general, microneedling results last up to six months after treatment. For best results, it is important to adhere to the post-treatment instructions your specialists give to you, which could include such things as avoiding direct sunlight, excess heat, and sweating, not using acid products, and refraining from immersing the treatment area underwater. We serve patients from Portage MI, Milwood MI, Kalamazoo MI, and Vicksburg MI.