Microneedling in Sarasota
SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device. It causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate collagen and elastic tissue in your skin. This results in more youthful skin with improvement in tone, texture, and wrinkles. It also improves acne scars, making the SkinPen® one of our most affordable options for overall skin health.
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What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a rejuvenating skin treatment that addresses:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun damage
- Mild inelasticity
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Rough skin
- Dull skin
You may hear microneedling referred to as percutaneous collagen induction, because the treatment increases collagen in your skin. Collagen is the supportive scaffolding of youthful, smooth skin. It naturally declines with age. By inducing the creation of collagen (as well as elastin), microneedling leads to smoother, plumper, firmer skin.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
If you are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, pigmentation, and texture, then microneedling is a great treatment option for you! This is a painless procedure with just a few days of a “sunburn-like” appearance.
Who Is a Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is safe on all skin types and a perfect option for those wanting to refresh their appearance by creating new collagen. There are a few instances in which a person is not a candidate such as pregnancy or acne flare ups, but candidacy is discussed in detail during your complimentary consultation.
The Microneedling Process
Modern treatments use an automated pen-like device. It’s handheld. The head of the device contains a circular arrangement of tiny needles. The device is set to penetrate the skin at a certain depth, making the treatment highly customizable.
As the provider passes the head of rotating needles across the skin, the needles make tiny openings in the epidermis. These minuscule punctures prompt a healing response in the skin without damaging tissue.
Opening the skin’s pores for nourishing topicals: Another benefit of microneedling is that the skin is essentially opened up via the tiny channels made, and can thereby better absorb any variety of rejuvenating topical ointments, creams and other skin products chosen by you and the provider.
How Many Microneedling Treatments Do I Need?
We suggest a series of 3-6 treatments spaced out one month apart. You will continue to create collagen for 3-6 months after your last treatment. If we are treating deeper acne scars it is possible that more treatments will be required.
How Long Does It Take To Heal From Microneedling?
Microneedling is minimally invasive, but your face will be flushed and red for about 24-72 hours after the appointment. During this time, don’t apply facial cosmetics. We know it is tempting to conceal the redness, but microneedling opens up the pores of your face, so the last thing you want to do is clog all those channels into the epidermis with makeup.
For 24-48 hours, it is normal to experience peeling, dryness, and swelling. Follow our directions for which moisturizers and cleansers to use during this time. Your skin will start looking radiant and fresh after a few days, and results will continue to improve over the next couple of months as new collagen and elastin forms.
Can I Wear Makeup After Microneedling?
We suggest no makeup for 24-48 hours in order to give the skin a chance to recover. Post-care is just as important, and it is vital to use the appropriate products during your recovery period. We will go over what products are right for your skin on a case-by-case basis during both the consult and treatment.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Microneedling, visit Sarasota Dermatology. Our providers, including Dr. Elizabeth Callahan, are experienced and have been serving the Sarasota community for over 15 years. At SkinSmart Dermatology, we treat a wide variety of skin problems and care for every individual patient with a personal touch. Schedule an appointment by calling 941.308.7546 or fill out the form on our contact page.