Microneedling

Microneedling is a highly effective procedure that works to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating it to make new, collagen-rich tissue.  The procedure itself involves creating pin-holes in the skin using a professional pen that delivers tiny needles to a precise depth.  This controlled, mechanical injury stimulates the body’s natural wound healing process.  The result is increased production of Growth Factors, collagen and elastin resulting in smoother texture, more even pigment and reduced pore size.

Nuts and Bolts

Microneedling can be performed in the office in less than an hour.  A topical numbing cream is first applied to make the procedure pain-free.  The face is then thoroughly cleansed and disinfected.  The microneedling pen is then applied to the skin with depth adjustments made for varying skin thickness.  Peptides are applied to the face during the procedure in the form of a soothing serum and then immediately after, in a cool mask which will be removed before you leave the Medispa.  You will go home with a packet containing a peptide cleanser, peptide serum and peptide lotion which you will use exclusively for at least 48 hours.

What to Expect After

After microneedling, you can expect some redness, some bruising and mild swelling.  In addition to being asked to use your peptide after-care products, you will need to avoid make-up, abrasive cleansers, pool saunas, direct sun exposure and any products containing Retin-A.  Improvement in your skin’s texture and pigmentation will begin almost immediately but the maximum improvement may take a month to be fully expressed. I know that sounds like a long time to wait, but you will be AMAZED at the results.  (See real client picture below, 2 months after ONE microneedling procedure.

Ideal Candidates

An ideal candidate is anyone looking to modify the appearance or texture of her skin.  Microneedling improves skin laxity, reduces lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and striae.  The only clear contraindications to the procedure are blood or bone disorders such as anemia, blood or bone cancers, clotting issues or being on blood thinners.  Clients should avoid any medications that reduce the body’s ability to clot such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days before and a few days after a treatment session.

One Treatment or a Series?

Although a series of 3-4 sessions at least one month apart is generally recommended for the very best results (with epidermis thickening up to 400% at 6 months),  we have seen remarkable result after a single session in patients with skin surface and pigment irregularities.  Deeper acne scars will probably require multiple sessions, but you can decide for yourself based on your results.  In general, clients have been so pleased with the results from the first microneedling, they have often chosen to add a second.

Conclusion

If you want smoother, healthier looking skin and are ready to take the next step, microneedling may be the right choice for you.

Dr. Tara Wegryn is a board-certified Neurologist and Electrophysiologist whose current area of concentration is Aesthetic Medicine. She has extensive training in the latest aesthetic medical techniques and is a member of the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Tara Wegryn is the sole owner and operator of Refresh Medispa, the only dedicated medical spa in Galveston, TX. Refresh Medispa offers a variety of services and products including Botox, fillers, PRP hair restoration, Kybella, skin resurfacing, hydrafacials, ZO Skin Health, and Colorescience.

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