When home skincare products aren't effective, but you aren't ready for surgery, you should consider nonsurgical treatments to rejuvenate the skin, like microneedling. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Dharamsi and her team of providers are pleased to offer microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center in Frisco, TX. Microneedling uses several fine-gauge needles to safely and effectively create micro-injuries in the needed areas of the skin. The micro-injuries trigger the body's natural production of collagen and elastin, two nutrients that boost the appearance and health of your skin. Easily combined with other skin treatments, like serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma), microneedling can help reduce pores, stretch marks, and scars. Schedule a consultation at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center to hear more about the benefits of microneedling and ways to customize the treatment for your needs and goals.
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You may benefit from microneedling if you have slight to moderate skin issues, like a decrease in elasticity or rough skin texture. Microneedling treatments can also minimize the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and pores. You must be willing to wait a while before seeing improvements from your microneedling treatment since the collagen and elastin will need some time to have an effect on the skin, but you will develop natural-looking results and gain healthier skin.
A microneedling treatment is completed in a private treatment room in about 30 – 60 minutes with numbing cream or a local anesthesia if preferred, but patients generally report mild or no discomfort. The skin being treated will be cleansed before the microneedling handpiece is passed evenly over. After the microneedling is complete, a topical treatment, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or a vitamin-infused serum, can be applied for deeper penetration of the nutrients into the skin. A moisturizer will be massaged in along with UV protection since your skin will be sensitive after the treatment.
What to Expect
After your treatment, you can experience mild swelling and redness for about a day, but this should fade naturally. It may take about 1 – 2 months as the collagen and elastin levels increase before you see visible improvements in the health and appearance of your complexion. You should plan to get about 4 – 6 maintenance treatments every 4 – 6 weeks for ideal results and long-lasting skin health.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
You microneedling costs will vary, depending on what is in your plan. During your consultation, Dr. Dharamsi will analyze your skin and then develop your custom treatment plan. After this, she will talk about your costs and the procedure. Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center often offers specials on treatment packages so ask about current deals during your consultation.
What exactly is microneedling?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a nonsurgical treatment to rejuvenate your skin. Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps keep your skin supple, smooth, and tight. Eventually, your stores of collagen are depleted, and your skin becomes less elastic and thin. Microneedling makes small wounds in your skin. These micro-injuries cause your skin to increase its collagen production and generate new skin cell growth. Once healed, your skin looks firmer, brighter, and healthier.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
During the microneedling process, channels are created in your skin that make it easier for treatments to penetrate the deeper layers. This is why microneedling is frequently combined with other treatments, like vitamin-rich serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling with PRP is often called the vampire facial. During your consultation, Dr. Dharamsi can explain what treatments may be performed along with microneedling and which best fit your skin goals.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Typically, patients receive 3 – 6 sessions to get their best results. However, the number of treatments you need will depend on your skin's condition and your goals. Microneedling can be performed every 4 – 6 weeks as needed. During your consultation, Dr. Dharamsi can estimate how many treatments you will need based on your skin and goals. Once you have reached your goal, Dr. Dharamsi recommends getting maintenance treatments about twice a year.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
In general, microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones. Since the skin injuries created are so small, there are rarely side effects after the treatment. Microneedling can be applied to most areas of skin, including the face, arms, neck, chest, and legs. Microneedling is not recommended if you have taken Accutane recently, as well as if you have an active skin infection, herpes simplex, or open wound. In addition, you may not be a candidate for microneedling if you are pregnant, nursing, or undergoing radiation treatments.
Natural Health and Radiance
Improve the health and appearance of your skin with microneedling sessions at Legacy Dermatology & Restoration Center in Frisco, TX. A minimally invasive treatment that can create impressive results, microneedling increases your natural production of collagen for smoother, firmer skin. Schedule a consultation to find out more about this procedure and other skin improvement treatments.