Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny, ultra-fine needles to create microscopic punctures on the skin’s surface.
This triggers the skin to start a repair process that helps the complexion appear more youthful and healthy. Improving skin texture and refining the skin’s appearance is easy with microneedling treatments at REFINE Plastic Surgery in Nashville. Microneedling is an excellent alternative for patients that are not suitable candidates for laser skin rejuvenation since it is effective on nearly all skin types, regardless of color.
Microneedling is an excellent way to improve skin quality on many levels. It helps to correct a broad range of cosmetic skin concerns without the need for downtime, such as:
Collagen is the building block of strong, firm skin with a smooth, even texture. With age, collagen production slows — particularly as patients reach age 30 and beyond.
The cells that produce collagen in the skin are not able to produce as much as they did in youth. This results in a host of skin problems, most notably wrinkles and fine lines. Injured skin, such as post-acne scars, has a harder time rebuilding enough collagen to leave the skin texture level and smooth. So, what can be done about it? The answer is collagen induction treatments. Interestingly, causing controlled micro-injuries to the skin in the layer where collagen is produced triggers the skin to repair itself.
In response to the micro-injury from the superfine needles used for microneedling, the collagen-producing cells in the skin ramp up collagen production. This takes several weeks to months, but eventually, it leads to the skin becoming noticeably smoother, taut, and young-looking. Fine lines and wrinkles diminish, skin texture appears more uniform and supple, and the skin takes on a healthy glow.
At REFINE Plastic Surgery in Nashville, microneedling takes many forms. In addition to traditional microneedling, Dr. Bryant is trained in other additive techniques that can amplify the results of your procedure and help create more striking results.
What to Expect from Microneedling
Microneedling is minimally invasive, so there is no need for prescription painkillers or general anesthesia for this quick, in-office procedure. Usually, a topical numbing cream is applied to the skin to reduce discomfort during the procedure. With the skin numbed, the microneedling procedure begins. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Microneedling works by stimulating the skin’s natural healing response and triggering the production of healing properties like collagen.
Platelet-rich plasma is a medical treatment that can further regenerate the body’s ability to heal by isolating the platelets in your blood and then reintroducing them to the area that needs healing. By combining these two treatments, Dr. Bryant can trigger the healing process through microneedling and then deliver PRP to the treatment site to increase the revitalizing effect of the treatment. Patients who receive microneedling with PRP say they are glad they did; the procedure has an 89% “worth it” rating on RealSelf.
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Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling uses highly controlled, safe bursts of RF energy to stimulate collagen production in the areas where the needles penetrate.
This double dose of correction amplifies the body’s response and increases collagen production in a broader area than either treatment would alone. The results are smoother skin and reduced signs of aging that continue to improve for months following the treatment.
After conducting a personalized skin analysis, Dr. Bryant and his surgical care coordinator will discuss whether microneedling or other treatments are the best way to improve your individual concerns. From there, he creates a treatment plan by determining the number of microneedling sessions that are needed to achieve the patient’s desired result. Between 1 to 6 microneedling treatments are recommended based on the extent of correction that is needed.
It is normal for the skin to appear red or feel slightly tender the first day. It is important to avoid excess sun exposure as the skin may be more sensitive to the sun in the days following treatment. A broad-spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen is recommended during this time. Dr. Bryant will advise you of when it is okay to resume face washing following the treatment.
The microneedling results generally start to become apparent starting just a few weeks after the procedure.
Each microneedling session builds on the results of the session before it. Therefore, completing the full series of treatments is the best way to ensure you attain the maximum benefits from the treatment. It does take time for the collagen in the skin to grow and rebuild. As this happens, the skin takes on a more youthful, firm, and supple appearance over the course of approximately three months.
With a full suite of non-surgical and surgical facial enhancement services, microneedling is a staple of our aesthetic treatments.
Led by board-certified Nashville facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryant is dedicated to making sure each patient gets the most out of the procedures we perform at Refine Surgery. Microneedling works well in tandem with other skin treatments for patients that require a more advanced level of correction. Our tailored treatment plans are designed to create meaningful skin improvement with the precise application of the latest skin rejuvenation techniques. When you look good, you feel good. With a trusted aesthetic medicine team on your side, it is simple to achieve an attractive, healthy complexion. Realize the true beauty of your skin by giving our office a call today.
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