Microneedling is a new form of therapy used in dermatology. During the procedure, physicians use different styles of instruments with rows of thin needles to penetrate your skin at a uniform depth to reduce wrinkles & scars and tighten the skin. This modern procedure is used as both a preventative and corrective procedure, meaning anyone can benefit from this rejuvenating procedure.
Preparing Your Skin
Preparing your skin is vital for getting the best results from Microneedling. If you’re using any other facial treatments, it is recommended to discontinue their use a few days before your treatment. The goal is to have your skin healthy and fresh for the procedure. Using mild face products and avoiding sunburns will allow you to avoid aggravating the skin.
There are a number of Microneedling devices that medical and cosmetic offices use. Needle rollers and electronic pens with disposable tips are the most frequently used instruments for this procedure. The size of the needles will be selected appropriately based on the treatment plan and the area of the treatment.
Special needle lengths are used for different goals. For instance, for scar treatment, longer needle lengths of 1.5-2.0mm may be used. On the contrary, for the treatment of aging skin, smaller needle lengths of 0.5-1.0mm are generally used.
The thickness of your skin and certain skin conditions will determine the penetration depth. Other variations in Microneedling devices include:
1. Fractional radiofrequency Microneedling
2. Home-care rollers (needles of about 0.1 mm in length) are used for transcutaneous delivery of anti-aging agents
3. Devices combining Microneedling and vacuum-assisted infusion
4. LED Microneedling rollers
Regardless of the size, all Microneedling equipment is safe when operated by an esthetics professional and should cause minimal to no pain or discomfort. For extra comfort, numbing cream is placed before treatment.
Virtue Radiofrequency Microneedling
At Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, MD, plastic surgeons use a specialized technique called Virtue Radiofrequency Microneedling (Virtrue RF). This procedure uses tiny needles combined with radio frequency waves to treat your skin. This treatment compared to others produces long-lasting dramatic results. The insertion used during the procedure is so exact that it creates no tearing or trauma to the skin. Your health care professional will apply numbing cream prior to the treatment on the area of the treatment for added comfort.
Changes in Your Skin
Microneedling has several positive impacts on your skin. Microneedling helps tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of scars and smooths wrinkles. Microneedling also helps shrink pores and reduce cellulite and stretch marks. This procedure can help reduce dark spots and uneven tones of the skin. The benefits of Microneedling can take up to 4-6 weeks to show. The AAENT doctors understand the process of Microneedling can be confusing, so they are available to guide you through the process.
Cost Efficient Procedure
Microneedling has recently become popular with the help of social media showing tremendous results. If you are new to cosmetic procedures, Microneedling is a good first step. Compared to other non-surgical methods and more complicated procedures, Microneedling offers lasting results for a reasonable price with no complications and virtually no downtime. Microneedling is an effective way to improve your skin’s health without going out of your budget.
One of the many positive things about Microneedling is that there is no social downtime. You can get the procedure done and continue your everyday life with no limitations. Doctors may only advise that you protect your skin from the sun and do not use makeup for a few days to avoid any irritation.
Continuing Your Treatments
Most providers will recommend a series of three to four treatments spaced 6 weeks apart for the greatest results. Schedule your first appointment or your series of appointments all at once with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.