Microneedling in Philadelphia
Microneedling has been growing in popularity in recent years, and with good reason. The procedure is relatively quick, minimally invasive, and requires little downtime—to say nothing of the great benefits for your skin.
Microneedling is one of the most effective ways to stimulate collagen production. Microneedling in Philadelphia is also one of the most affordable skin treatments available at our Med Spa.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is sometimes also referred to as collagen induction therapy. It is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that involves pricking the skin with small sterilized needles attached to a pen-shaped or rolling device. The body will begin working immediately to heal the tiny pricks in the skin with new elastin and collagen. This stimulation of healing mechanisms does more than heal the pricks. It works to improve the skin at and around each tiny hole produced.
The resulting punctures are tiny enough so as not to cause any serious or lasting damage, but cause just enough stimulation to trigger the body’s natural healing processes. That, in turn, boosts cell renewal and the production of collagen and elastin, making the skin look and feel younger, smoother, and tighter.
What Microneedling Works On
In addition to improving the tone and elasticity of the skin, microneedling can help
treat a wide range of skin issues, such as:
- Acne scars
- Brown spots
- Crepey skin
- Enlarged pores
- Loose or sagging skin
- Rough and uneven texture
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Surgical and other scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Can Microneedling Be Used on the Body?
Yes! Microneedling can make skin smoother, more even and reduce wrinkles just about anywhere on the body. The most treated area other than the face is the chest. Often the chest has some of the same skin issues as the face due to sun damage. Microneedling with the right serums can make a big difference for the appearance of the chest area in Philadelphia patients. Likewise, microneedling can be used to improve the look of your neck and even backs of hands. Some clients have enjoyed improvement in crepey skin such as on the calves and arms.
Is Microneedling Safe and Painless?
Microneedling is suitable for most Philadelphia adults in good health who have one or more of the skin conditions mentioned above. Microneedling is considered to be very safe and is well tolerated by most skin types. Microneedling is overall painless when done properly. You’ll feel small pin pricks during the treatment. Our treatment professional will typically apply a topical anesthetic to make the process more comfortable.
Microneedling may not be appropriate for:
- People with sensitive skin
- People on certain acne medications
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- People with lupus or vitiligo
- People who have or have had keloids (large, bubble-like scars)
Does Microneedling Have Side Effects and What Is Recovery Time?
The most common side effects of microneedling are mild pain, tenderness, and redness. Your skin may also temporarily feel flakey and tight. Your dermatologist will recommend a soothing and moisturizing lotion to help with these symptoms. They typically go away on their own within a few days to a week.
Your skin will heal in a few days or weeks, depending on your skin’s sensitivity and the chosen depth of treatment. Generally speaking, most people in Philadelphia are able to go back to their normal activities right after a microneedling treatment session. During the recovery period, you must keep your skin clean to avoid infection.
Avoid swimming in lakes, rivers, swimming pools, or the ocean and keep your skin shaded from the sun. Avoid using any topical products except for mild creams until your skin is fully healed.
How Long Does Microneedling Take and How Long To See Results?
It will take some time for you to notice a difference. Your skin needs to heal itself first. Remember, the way Microneedling works is by making a micro-wound in the deeper layers of skin. When those tiny punctures heal, the body also increase collagen production in that area. The increase in collagen is ultimately what makes for the most significant results. Generally it takes 4 to 6 weeks for new collagen to be produced.
Additionally, each person may need varying numbers of treatments to see the best possible result. Depending on the condition, some may see noticeable results after just one treatment. Many, however, need four to six sessions before they see significant changes. We will be able to estimate the ideal number of treatments for your skin at your first visit.
Can I Do Microneedling At Home?
Consumer grade dermal rollers are not designed to penetrate the skin at the depth necessary to get the collagen-producing results that makes Microneedling so effective. Only a professional Microneedling treatment can be truly called Microneedling since at-home devices really don’t achieve the same intent. At-home devices can be good for surface level stimulation, but that is a far cry from what Microneedling can do in just a single session.
Our estheticians love helping our patients get the most dramatic results they can. Thus, they may also be able to recommend a set of treatments that compliment microneedling for even better results.
Call Metro Laser Philadelphia About Microneedling
Have further questions or want to schedule your appointment for microneedling in Philadelphia? Call Metro Laser today to discuss how our team can help.