Microneedling

Microneedling is a highly effective procedure that works to rejuvinate your skin by stimulating it to make new, collagen-rich tissue.  The procedure itself involves creating tiny pin-holes in the skin using a professional microneedling pen that delivers needles to a precise depth.  This controlled, mechanical process 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 pigmentation 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 relatively pain-free.  The face is then thoroughly cleansed and disinfected.  The microneedling pen is then applied to the skin with adjustments made for the varied skin depths.  Peptides are applied to the face in the form of a soothing serum, followed by a cool masque which will be removed before you go home.  You will be given a packet that contains a lotion and a second face masque to be applied later that day.

What to Expect After

After microneedling, you can expect some redness, some bruising and mild swelling.  In addition to using your take-home products, you will need to avoid using make-up, abrasive cleansers, pools saunas, direct sun exposure and any Retin-A products.  Improvement in your skin’s texture and pigmentation will begin almost immediately but the maximum benefits will take a full month to be realized. I know that sounds like a long time to wait, but you may be AMAZED at the result.  

Ideal Candidates

An ideal candidate is anyone looking to modify the appearance or texture of the surface of her skin.  Microneedling improves skin laxity, reduces lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, scars and striae.

The only clear contraindication to the procedure is  a patient with blood or bone disorders such as anemia, blood or bone cancers, those with clotting problems or 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 after.

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 results after a single session in patients with skin surface and pigment irregularities.  Deeper acne scars will probably require multiple sessions, but you can see your personal results and decide as you go.  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, Microneedling, PRP hair restoration, Kybella, skin resurfacing, hydrafacials, ZO Skin Health, and Colorescience.

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