The 101 on Microneedling and Skin Tightening
Posted March 05, 2018
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is one of the hottest new trends in medical spa treatments. While there are many places in Pittsburgh that offer a microneedling treatment, Bellissimo Plastic Surgery’s Medical Aesthetician Tara Hepler is a master skin care professional.
There are a few things to know before booking a microneedling appointment at Bellissimo’s Shadyside or Monroeville locations.
The 101 on Microneedling and skin tightening in Pittsburgh
Microneedling, also called collagen inducing therapy, involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin. Though it may sound intimidating, this minimally invasive procedure is done using a numbing cream so it is actually quite painless and the results are astounding.
Microneedling reduces enlarged pores
Microneedling stimulates the production of collagen which causes your pores to plump and appear smaller. This treatment allows your skin to essentially “self-heal” and produce more collagen. You may even experience less acne as a result of decreased sebum production. Results can be observed in as little as 6 weeks after the initial treatment. Its full effects will be seen in 3 months.
It is necessary to consult with your medical aesthetician before undergoing this procedure as results vary.
Have wrinkles or worry lines? Microneedling helps reduces these lines.
Since microneedling induces collagen and elastin, it can reduce fine lines on your face. Microneedling is a great way to slow the skin’s natural aging process. It’s ability to trigger new skin cell generation reduces wrinkles, worry lines, crow’s feet and more, leaving skin smooth and youthful.
Best results vary, so consult with your medical aesthetician prior to the treatment.
Microneedling for facial scarring
If you’re worried about minimal to severe acne scarring, microneedling is a great solution to help improve them. It may take longer to reduce acne scars depending on how severe they are. This process works the same as it would to clear acne and worry lines, with the needling allowing skin to heal from induced collagen.
The Dermatologic Surgery journal published this article in 2016 comparing microneedling and laser treatment for scarring. Both treatments are effective, but microneedling received kudos for having fewer side effects. It truly all depends on skin type.
Your medical aesthetician will find the best solution for your acne scars and skin.
Microneedling + your skin care routine will improve your skin
If you’ve found that your nightly moisturizer sits on top of your skin instead of fully penetrating your pores, it may be because your pores are clogged. Since microneedling introduces smaller healthier punctures and minimizes pore size, it allows for easier product absorption. While you’ll still want to test serums and moisturizers, a microneedling procedure will dramatically improve how they work on your skin.
There are many other benefits to microneedling. While results and downtime vary from person to person, it’s still worth consulting with a medical aesthetician. Treatments can be safely done every 4-6 weeks until desired results are reached. We encourage patients to then return on a consistent basis to maintain their corrective results.
If microneedling interests you, but you have more questions, follow up with our Medical Aesthetician Tara. Tara will be happy to answer any questions you may have during your consultation at the office of your choice.