Microneedling is a simple, but amazingly effective, treatment that encourages your body to use its own natural rejuvenation processes to restore your skin’s good health and vibrancy. Dr. Jane Smith is a board-certified phlebologist and internist at VeinCare of Central North Carolina in Raleigh, North Carolina, who often recommends microneedling for decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, scar reduction, and many other cosmetic issues. Call today for your appointment or try their convenient online scheduling service to book your visit.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction, is a skin treatment for which your provider uses a specially-designed device to deliver tiny, micro-injuries to your skin. These small surface punctures are made with very fine needles and stimulate your body to produce collagen, elastin, and other natural substances that repair and rebuild injured skin cells.
While the treatment may sound intimidating, microneedling sessions are quick, and the needles used in the process are very fine. Most patients report only minor discomfort if any, but you can ask your provider to apply a topical numbing cream before the session to eliminate any possibility of pain.
Microneedling can be used on most parts of the body and can successfully:
It’s also effective for stretch marks and clearing pigment issues, such as brown spots caused by excessive sun exposure and the natural aging process.* Microneedling can also be combined with other skin therapies to improve their effectiveness, including:
When performed under clinically sterile conditions by a qualified medical specialist such as your provider at VeinCare of Central North Carolina, microneedling is an overall safe and very effective solution for many skin conditions.
Your provider will explain the specifics of what you can expect and how to care for your skin following microneedling, but there is no real downtime associated with the treatment. The tiny puncture marks close immediately and doesn’t require further care.
You may notice a slight redness and subtle swelling for a short while after the treatment, which feels like and appears similar to mild sunburn. You can typically return to work and other routine activities immediately after the session but should avoid using harsh or stringent cleansers, and apply sunscreen liberally to protect your skin.
The number of treatments varies according to the condition being treated. Optimal results for collagen induction typically require three treatments. Scar reduction may require three to six treatments. You can have a repeat microneedling treatment every four to six weeks.
*Individual results may vary