As you grow older, collagen and elastin within your skin begins to break down, leading to the development of lines and wrinkles that can make you look older than your actual age. Other skin problems can be caused by sun exposure or skin conditions like acne. Few skin treatments can offer the wide range of benefits for Charlotte residents that microneedling can. Below is more information about this treatment that is offered by our dermatologist in Charlotte.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an advanced skin rejuvenation treatment with origins in ancient times. For many centuries, it was known that delivering controlled skin injuries can lead to skin rejuvenation. However, a method was lacking to provide consistent results in a safe way. Over the last few decades, microneedling techniques have been refined to allow their use among the general public for safely helping with signs of sun damage and aging.
What Does It Treat?
A microneedling treatment from our dermatologist can tackle a wide range of skin problems, including lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, stretch marks, rough skin texture, and scars due to acne, surgery, or injury.
Who Qualifies for This Treatment?
Almost anyone is eligible for a microneedling treatment, with a few exceptions: If you are dealing with a current skin breakout or active infection, you will need to have your condition resolved prior to undergoing a needling session.
What Should I Expect at My Appointment?
The skin in the treatment zone will need to be thoroughly cleaned by the dermatologist prior to your procedure. Next, we will numb your skin with a topical anesthetic so that you are completely comfortable during the treatment. We then roll a small device coated in tiny, sterile needles over your skin. This forms thousands of micro-punctures in surface layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen.
When Will I Notice Results?
Since we are working with the natural healing ability of your own body, some patience will be needed. You should notice some initial results within a few weeks after your treatment, but the real results will build over the following two or three months, as skin is gradually remodeled by your body.
Can I Combine Treatments?
In many cases, the answer is yes. For example, some patients choose to combine a needling treatment with the application of topical products. A microneedling session pierces through this layer, allowing topicals to bypass the stratum corneum. Greater skin penetration means that products like gels, serums, lotions, and creams will be more effective.
If you would like to request more information about this treatment, or are ready to go ahead and begin the process, feel free to visit our dermatologist at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!