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Microneedling

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Microneedling is a minimally invasive and nonsurgical solution for treating acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and more. Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling increases collagen and elastin production in the treated areas using the body’s natural wound response. By strategically directing the body where to send healing factors, microneedling can provide anti-aging benefits without using synthetic products or overly-invasive procedures.

At Levitt Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Scott Levitt offers microneedling treatments to his patients using the SkinPen, the only FDA-cleared microneedling device. With a series of microneedling treatments that target your skin blemishes and imperfections, Dr. Levitt can help you look and feel refreshed, youthful and more self-confident.

How Microneedling Works

As skin ages, its production of collagen and elastin begins to decrease. These structural proteins are pivotal for keeping skin tight and vibrant. With a lowered production of collagen and elastin, skin begins to lose its natural elasticity and develop wrinkles, fine lines and other common signs of aging. Microneedling works to rebuild the top layer of the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production in the targeted areas.

Microneedling purposefully induces the body’s wound healing response by tapping into natural systems already in place. No synthetic products are involved in the process, just the SkinPen device and the body’s own nutrients and healing factors. The SkinPen is made with a series of medical-grade needles that only puncture the skin enough to take advantage of the body’s wound response process without causing actual injury to the skin.

During a microneedling appointment, Dr. Levitt uses the SkinPen to create microchannels underneath the epidermis, prompting the body to send nutrients and healing factors to the treated area. No actual wounds are created by the treatment, as the depth of the SkinPen’s medical-grade needles is strategically controlled to keep the procedure safe and comfortable. As a result, the body begins to remodel and rebuild the underlying collagen and elastin structures to generate smoother and clearer skin.

Candidates for Microneedling

With its versatility as an anti-aging and rejuvenating skin treatment, microneedling can benefit adult patients of any age. Microneedling is among the most effective minimally invasive procedures for treating acne scars and wrinkles. With a series of appointments, patients can target a wide range of skin blemishes, including:

  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Active acne and acne scars
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea

Most patients make great candidates for nonsurgical microneedling treatments, as microneedling can be performed on all skin types. Patients with active facial wounds or acne breakouts may need to wait for their skin to heal or for breakouts to subside before beginning treatment.

The Microneedling Procedure

Dr. Levitt applies one of the strongest topical numbing creams available at the start of the microneedling procedure, keeping his patients comfortable throughout the duration of their treatment. To begin treatment, Dr. Levitt passes the SkinPen handheld device over the skin’s surface, addressing areas with wrinkles, uneven skin texture or facial blemishes. The SkinPen creates microinjuries in the treated skin, directing nutrients and remodeling to the designated areas. Each treatment lasts about 30 minutes to one hour.

Most patients need a series of three to five microneedling treatments spaced out about one month apart each to achieve optimal results. The number of appointments required will depend on the condition of the patient’s skin at the start of treatment and their desired results. The depth of the SkinPen’s needles can be controlled and adjusted according to each patient’s needs. Dr. Levitt works with each of his patients to develop a personalized microneedling treatment plan that meets their desired results in as few sessions as possible.

Side Effects and Results

As a minimally invasive procedure, microneedling does not require much downtime or create overly-uncomfortable side effects. The skin will appear and feel a bit irritated after treatments, similar to the feeling of a mild to moderate sunburn. Other common side effects include dry and flaky skin that may develop a day or two following treatment. Most side effects dissipate within a few days, especially with the aid of moisturizers and hydrating skin products.

The microchannels created by the SkinPen greatly increase the skin’s absorption rate, making skin products much more effective after an appointment. Hydrating serums, acne creams and topical anti-aging products work great when paired with rejuvenating microneedling treatments. Patients will need to wait until the next day following treatment before applying anything to the skin.

Downtime is minimal after a microneedling appointment, and patients are free to resume most normal activities following treatment. Typically, patients choose to take the rest of the day off from work due to skin redness and other minor side effects. Strenuous activities and sun exposure will need to be avoided for the remainder of the day. Makeup and sunscreen may be applied the very next day to cover up any remaining redness and protect the freshly treated skin.

Results will begin developing following the first treatment, although most patients will need at least a few appointments before truly experiencing visible improvement. Final results will take at least three months to develop fully, depending on how many treatments the patient chooses to undergo.

Once the skin has healed following the final treatment, patients can expect to enjoy their newly radiant and youthful complexion for up to six months. Microneedling counteracts the effects of aging but it does not stop them completely. Results will gradually fade over a period of several months as the natural aging process continues. Microneedling can be repeated as necessary for maintained results and vibrant skin year-round.

Refreshed Skin at Levitt Medical Aesthetics

If your skin has taken on an aged or dull appearance, or you would like to reduce the presence of acne scars or wrinkles, then come on into Levitt Medical Aesthetics to learn more about microneedling treatments. With just three to five appointments, you can turn back the clock on your skin and enjoy a more youthful complexion.

At Levitt Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Levitt will evaluate all of your cosmetic concerns during a one-on-one consultation to develop an individualized treatment plan that works for your skin. Microneedling is commonly supplemented with other minimally invasive skin treatments like injectable fillers and Botox for comprehensive anti-aging care. To learn more about the services offered at Levitt Medical Aesthetics and to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Levitt, call us today at 541-500-3755.