Improve Your Skin with Microneedling
Over time your skin can go through many changes and be negatively impacted by age or environmental factors. Uneven skin tone, wrinkles, stretch marks, and sun spots can distract from your natural features or significantly age you. Acne can lead to scarring, giving skin an uneven texture that is difficult to cover up.
Technological advancements and a deeper understanding of the skin’s natural healing process has led to the development of microneedling. A non-surgical and minimally-invasive option for skin resurfacing, microneedling in San Diego begins the body’s natural healing process to fill in scars and reduce other signs of aging through collagen and elastin production.
Who is Microneedling Good For?
Some factors leading to skin aging are hereditary, but others are due to environmental factors like stress, poor diet, pollution, excess amounts of sun exposure, and more. Additionally, with age your skin can begin to lose volume, creating wrinkles and making acne scars more visible. Microneedling is ideal for anyone who is experiencing a reduction in collagen production and are noticing negative signs of aging.
Conditions Treated With Microneedling
Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure designed to rejuvenate skin while getting rid of unwanted skin conditions. It treats a variety of common skin issues, such as:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Pigment issues
- Pore size
- Skin texture
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
Benefits of Microneedling
Our microneedling treatments in San Diego are also a natural alternative to some injectable fillers or other treatments for skin irregularities. The procedure engages your body’s healing process to smooth out your skin without the need for other substances or fillers.
The needles used in microneedling devices are tiny and only come in contact with the first few layers of skin. You will likely experience little to no discomfort during the procedure, and the healing process is quick and easy.
Why Microneedling Over Other Treatments?
Besides the short recovery time and minimal discomfort, microneedling has other advantages. The simple procedure can be used to treat a wide variety of skin irregularities that, in some cases, can take multiple treatments to alleviate. For example, fillers can improve the appearance of scars or wrinkles but cannot treat discolorations like sun spots on the surface of the skin.
Also, some forms of skin resurfacing can cause discoloration in people of color. This is not a problem with microneedling, which can be used on virtually any skin tone or texture.
Length of recovery time following microneedling depends upon the needles and rollers used, however, the typical recovery period involves areas of treated skin feeling warm and appearing red or pinkish for 24 - 48 hours, as though it were sunburned. Patients whose skin is very sensitive or who are older could experience these effects for about a week. Mild bruising and occasional spotty bleeding can also occur. Microneedling risks are rare and minimal but include minor flaking or dryness of the skin and, occasionally, small scabbing. Patients with a history of cold sores may experience a flare up after the procedure. Hyperpigmentation, or a patchy darkening of the skin, is highly unlikely for any skin type.
How the Procedure is Performed
While there are a few different types of microneedling devices, the procedure remains generally the same. A small device with a grouping of tiny needles is passed over the skin while the needles gently poke the surface of the skin, creating tiny channels to inspire the body’s natural regenerative process.
The treatment can also be used in conjunction with a topical cream or vitamin-rich serum because the small needles push the formula deeper into the skin, amplifying the beneficial properties. At Laser Clinique, we use the SkinPen by Bellus Medical as it is the best in its class and is the only such device to be FDA approved:
Stimulate Your Skin’s Ability To Heal Itself
SkinPen® microneedling rejuvenates and renews your skin naturally, using a revolutionary device to minimize large pores, acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles—giving you laser-like results with little to no downtime. SkinPen is clinically proven to improve the appearance of facial acne scars for people of all skin types, aged 22 and above.
How Does The Skinpen Work?
The SkinPen microneedling device stimulates your body's innate collagen and elastin production by causing controlled micro-injuries to your skin's surface. The minimally invasive technique activates your body's wound healing process, encouraging the release of cytokines and other growth factors to rejuvenate damaged skin. Procedures take about 30 minutes, depending on the area treated and the desired results. Due to their non-invasive nature, microneedling sessions usually require little downtime for patients.
Microneedling With Prp
Microneedling with PRP utilizes the healing benefits of two different cutting-edge procedures. First, microneedling is performed to create the tiny channels on the surface of the skin and initiate collagen and elastin production.
During the same visit, a small sample of your blood will be drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate it and create platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The PRP contains a concentration of the growth factors that occur in your blood, and the solution is applied to the treatment areas to accelerate the healing process and produce even better results. The growth factors work together with the collagen and elastin production to give you smoother, brighter skin.
Recovery After Microneedling
You are typically able to resume normal activities right away because of the minimally-invasive nature of microneedling procedures. Your skin might be slightly sensitive and pink in the treatment areas, and you should avoid going in direct sunlight for extended periods until your skin heals. You likely won’t even be able to tell you had a microneedling procedure after 1 or 2 days!
What Results Can I Expect From Microneedling?
Collagen and elastin production will begin immediately after receiving your treatment and will continue over the next few weeks, filling in indentations from scars, dissolving hyperpigmented areas, and revitalizing the surface of your skin. You will be amazed at your smooth and bright complexion, achieved without the use of fillers or resurfacing treatments. Microneedling can take years off the look of your face and give you a youthful glow.
How long will the results last?
Some patients will need a few treatments to achieve optimal results, and the longevity of those results will vary by person. The skin will still gradually age, but typically patients will retain the results of their microneedling procedure for a few months. The treatments can then be repeated as necessary.
What About Microneedling At Home?
You may see some “do it yourself” microneedling devices available in beauty stores or online and be tempted to try it yourself. As with any other cosmetic procedure, it is recommended that you see a licensed professional. Even micro-injuries like the ones created with microneedling involve risks.
Our facility is sterile and our trained staff will work with you to map out a safe and effective treatment plan. You should forego at-home treatment options and leave your skin in the hands of professionals.
Come to Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego for Microneedling
Dr. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is the founder and primary physician at Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He has performed thousands of procedures after founding the facility in 2005, and is well-known for his precision and compassionate care. Located in beautiful San Diego, Laser Cliniqúe is easily accessible to much of the county and surrounding areas. If you struggle with frustrating signs of aging and want to revitalize your skin, let us help you with some of the best microneedling San Diego has to offer.
Meet Dr. Ataii
Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe
P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.View Bio