Microneedling uses micro needles to create micro-perforations into the epidermis and the top layers of the dermis. As a result, the skin shifts its repair mechanism into high gear by activating cell regeneration allowing collagen and elastin production. Microneedling reduces the appearance of dull, dry skin, it reduces pore size and leaves your face soft, smooth and radiant.
Microneedling is used to create micro-perforations into the epidermis and the top layers of the dermis which cause collagen and elastin stimulation. It is also allows products to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin and if one of the best treatments for stubborn melasma.
At a consultation for a microneedling, one of our experienced skin care experts will discuss your skincare goals, your current skincare regimen and your current skin issues to determine if microneedling is right for you and your skin. Often times Vectra 3D imaging is performed to allow you and your skincare expert to view in 3D the sun damage, broken capillaries and overall appearance of your skin. This serves as a baseline. After completing a series of microneedling treatments together with a home regimen we can evaluate improvements in the quality of your skin.
To prepare for a microneedling you should not be using Accutane® now and have not used it within the last 12 months. Your skin should be free of an active herpes infection, open wounds, or skin infections. You will be asked to arrive about 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so that numbing medication can be applied to your face to make the procedure more comfortable.
Once your skin is numb, your skin care expert will use the microneedling device to create micro-perforations into the epidermis and the top layers of the dermis. Often times a chemical peel or other prescription grade topical medications are applied immediately following the procedure to allow for deeper penetration of the products.
After the microneedling treatment, you may expect your skin to be red, you will have some pin-point bleeding and you may have some swelling. You should not use products containing Retin-A® or Glycolic acid for 2 weeks following the treatment. Discomfort and itching are normal. Your skin care expert will tell you what products you should and should not use after the procedure. Your skin will begin to peel after 48 hours. Do not pick or aggressively exfoliate the peeling skin.
Microneedling assists in the stimulation of collagen and elastin in the skin giving a more youthful and radiant appearance. The dead and dull surface layers of the skin are removed for improvements in the tone, texture, and color of treated areas. Microneedling can also improve oily or dull skin, enlarged pores, clogged pores, fine lines and mild complexion problems.
Microneedling complications are extremely rare, but could include skin infections, cold sores, allergic reactions, undesirable color changes and scarring.
Dr. Maloney has some of the most Highly Qualified and Experienced Skin Care Specialists in Tucson.