Microneedling treatments in Charlotte
Microneedling has recently gained popularity as a useful procedure to improve wrinkles and scars. It has been proven that after penetration of these small needles into the skin, your skin goes through some serious healing. The injured skin starts with mild inflammation and then releases growth factors, followed shortly by the initiation of collagen production. This healing and improvement of the skin goes on for many months.
How microneedling works
When needles penetrate the skin, they create small holes known as micro conduits. If your dermatologist recommends combining augmentation agents or fillers with microneedling, the products can permeate through the channels, leading to the production of collagen, leading to the reduction or elimination of lines, wrinkles, and even scarring.
What to expect
Microneedling treatments are safe and well-tolerated by virtually all skin types. The procedure can become uncomfortable, so your dermatologist will apply a topical anesthetic 20-30 minutes prior to treatment. Following the procedure, you should expect to experience some redness and some minor swelling. These side-effects will normally last about 1 to 3 days. Some people apply makeup to cover up the redness during the first few days. During the healing period, your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so wearing sunscreen is a must.
Combining microneedling with other treatments
It is not uncommon for microneedling to be performed at the same time as other facial treatments, such as Botox®, dermal fillers, chemical peels or dermatologic lasers. The healing and rejuvenation process takes time, so it is important to understand that you will not see immediate results with microneedling. Most patients will need a series of 2 or 3 treatments, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Mild to moderate improvement will appear slowly. Microneedling is an effective treatment for all skin types. Skin improvement can last up to 12 months.
One of Charlotte’s top dermatologists
If you seek to avoid problems with your skin, hair, or nails, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your cosmetic concerns.
The range of services includes medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to Halo by Sciton, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Treatment is available for both adult and pediatric patients. Call Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte today for a professional dermatologist skincare evaluation.