Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive device used to trigger the release of natural growth factors and stimulate collagen growth. This quick procedure can be combined with other methods for impressive results. Common combinations are with chemical peels and platelet rich plasma. To find out more about microneedling give us a call today or make an appointment online.

Microneedling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a method used to create invisible Micro-wounds in the skin. This causes the release of growth factors resulting in collagen tightening and a reduction of pore sizes. In contrast to more invasive treatments such as ablative treatments like the carbon dioxide laser, there is much less injury to the skin and a very quick recovery time. Depending on the desired level of improvement, there can be virtually no downtime and you can return to work and strenuous exercise activities immediately.

Areas that are ideal for microneedling treatments include:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Cheeks
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Decolletage
  • Scars
  • Enlarged pores

Older forms or at home versions of microneedling had a roller that was physically pushed into and over the skin. Today’s new devices are powered which result in much more significant and lasting results.

What is a treatment like with microneedling?

Your treatment session for microneedling is a 30 minute appointment that can be performed during the middle of a workday. Once you arrive in our office, the skin is clean and topical numbing medicine is applied. Almost everyone finds the procedure comfortable with the topical solution, but we are also able to provide complete anesthesia via nerve blocks or oral sedation for our especially sensitive or anxious patients.

A topical hyaluronic acid solution is used to glide the microneedling device across your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin as well as the main ingredient in dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Tiny needles introduce invisible micro wounds into the skin. They also inject hyaluronic acid into the dermis. The depth and intensity of the microneedling can change based on desired effect and treatment location.

After several passes of the device, your treatment is completed. If combined with another therapy such as a chemical peel or dermal filler we would then perform those. A calming cream is then applied to the skin and you are ready to go. As with many of our treatments, we recommend avoiding sun exposure for the rest of the day. You may resume routine skincare make up the next day.

Many of our patients schedule these during the middle of the workday and go back to work immediately. Their skin resembles a mild sunburn that resolves in a few days.

What does microneedling treat?

The primary goal of microneedling is to induce collagen tightening and promote your body to stimulate regeneration. Here are some typical skin conditions microneedling treats:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scarring
  • Surgical scars
  • Improving skin tone and texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hair loss

What are combination therapies?

In cosmetic and beauty treatments sometimes one plus one doesn’t equal two but more like four or five. This is because each treatment works together making the sum greater than the individual parts. Examples of this are when we combine microneedling with a chemical peel or platelet rich plasma for the very popular “vampire facial.”

When done with neuromodulators like Botox, a dermal filler like Juvederm, or a quick laser touch up, a simple lunchtime procedure can result in a drastic improvement to the quality of your skin.

What’s a Vampire Facial? Does that hurt?

A vampire facial is the combination of platelet rich plasma and microneedling. After microneedling has induced micro wounds to stimulate collagen, your body’s own DNA growth factors are added to further stimulate collagen growth and pore size reduction.

None of these treatments typically are painful. Before any treatment has begun we ensure complete comfort. A topical agent is used to numb the skin and we are able to provide nerve blocks or mild oral sedation for those especially sensitive or anxious.

How many treatments will I need to see results?

You will see results after your first treatment. If doing microneedling alone, we often recommend our patients get a series of three treatments spaced one month apart. When combining it with other treatments such as platelet rich plasma, dermal fillers, or a chemical peel, they often need fewer treatments such as one or two.

What should I have this procedure done at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center?

We are the skin care experts. Our surgeon Dr. James Tidwell was trained in the microneedling technique by Dr. Tina Alster of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery who is the premier international expert on microneedling. For issues such as your health and appearance, trust a board certified, fellowship trained physician.

Call us today or make an appointment online to get 

conveniently treated here in orange county.

Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. William James Tidwell

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