What is Microneedling and How Does it Work?
Microneedling is an innovative and minimally-invasive treatment designed to resurface the skin by creating small punctures through the use of finely sized needles, penetrating depths of up to 2mm. Once these punctures are made, the body will begin the healing process deep within the layers of your skin.
As we age, the body slows down its collagen production, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling stimulates the body’s natural response to heal and trigger the production of new collagen to fill up the microscopic wounds. The new tissue that is built will use the collagen to replicate the surrounding undamaged tissues.
Dr. Stephen Hardy and his team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates use their expertise and skill to offer this safe and effective microneedling treatment to turn back the hands of time for many women and men.
Microneedling may also be combined with platelet-rich plasma or PRP for a "vampire facial." During this procedure, we use fine needles not only to trigger the healing response, but also to draw a small amount of blood. Why? Our blood contains PRP, a clear substance which stimulates collagen and elastin growth. By separating PRP from your blood and re-injecting it into the face, we can further healing and leave you looking younger.
We recommend microneedling treatment to enhance the benefits of other skincare products, as well. After treatment, anti-aging serums absorb into the skin better, resulting in plumper skin and a more youthful appearance.
Benefits of Microneedling
When you schedule a microneedling session with the team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, you are choosing a safe, chemical-free, and effective treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. This procedure is effective for all types and shades of skin, with little to no downtime or discomfort.
Microneedling can also:
- Reduce hyperpigmentation and discoloration
- Even out skin tone
- Minimize blemishes and acne scars
- Reduce signs of sun damage
- Smooth out the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
- Shrink large, unsightly pores
- Produce firmer, smoother, more supple skin
- Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
How Many Microneedling Sessions Will I Need?
After your first microneedling treatment, you will notice some temporary redness and mild swelling, lasting approximately 24 to 72 hours. However, there is almost no risk of scarring. You should start to see an improvement in the condition and texture of your skin immediately after the swelling and redness dissipates. Noticeably smoother and younger-looking skin should be visible after two to four weeks. However, the specific results will vary based on the condition of each person’s skin and the number of sessions received.
Our team will design a maintenance schedule that is best suited to achieving and maintaining your desired results. Because the healing and collagen production process peaks at 14 days post-treatment, you should expect at least 14 to 30 days between your 30 minutes sessions. Generally, treatments can be repeated every two to four weeks for mild to moderate skin issues. If you have deeper scars or stretch marks, an additional four to six sessions spaced over four to six months may be recommended.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance Today
Northwestern Plastic Surgery Associates offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for all of your skin care treatments. A consultation is needed to create an individualized treatment plan specific to your needs and to go over realistic outcome expectations. If you are in the Missoula area and are hoping to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles, contact us online or call either of our offices to book a consultation.